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Vaccine skeptics, alternative health advocates and anti-GMO activists are regularly lambasted for ignoring evidence that challenges their ideology. As it ...
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Podcast: Nothing about me without me—The importance of involving patients in genomic research

Kat Arney discusses why it’s so important to make sure that academic and commercial genomics research studies involve patients and ...
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Herd immunity and where it fits in the fight against the coronavirus

During the opening phases of the coronavirus pandemic, government officials in the UK drew scorn from health experts after suggesting ...
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‘Designed to be slow’: Why these coronavirus vaccines in the pipeline won’t be ready this year

New York City has become a curious mosaic of crowds and barrenness, people packed into hospitals and homes, yet familiar ...
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Viewpoint: Coronavirus journal—Anatomy of a pandemic

The first case of what we now know to be COVID-19 was diagnosed on November 17, 2019 in Hubei province ...
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3D-printed organs: Stuff of science fiction or an answer to the organ transplant shortage?

Among the more interesting applications of fast-moving 3D printing technology is its potential to help solve our critical organ transplant ...
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Coronavirus can remain viable on everyday surfaces for up to 3 days. Here’s how to protect yourself

Disinfecting an area takes time and effort. And there is only so much you can do ...
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Viewpoint: Anti-vaccine, anti-GMO groups use coronavirus outbreak to stir unfounded 5G-cancer fears

Leave it to science denialists to exploit a global crisis and tragedy to spread health hysteria. As the world struggles ...
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‘Sophie’s Choice’ in the time of coronavirus: Deciding who gets the ventilator

Three otherwise healthy patients go to the emergency department with severe acute respiratory failure. Only one ventilator, required to sustain ...
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What’s ‘race’ got to do with it? Most of sub-Saharan Africa emerges as coronavirus ‘cold spot’, which may offer clues to finding COVID-19 vaccine

Do diseases discriminate on the basis of 'race'—or their genetic population, using more precise terminology? On the surface, this may ...
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Podcast: ‘God, what a mess!’—the accidental discovery of genetic fingerprinting

At 9.05am on the morning of 10th September 1984, geneticist Alec Jeffreys developed an X-ray film that would change the ...
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In pursuit of coronavirus treatments and why we need to be cautious

It's impossible to keep up with entries at ClinicalTrials.gov that include the search term “COVID-19.” Last week when I posted Can ...
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Searching the world’s remedies for novel coronavirus treatments: Can Viagra, stem cells or Chinese herbs help?

As the number of cases of COVID-19 continues to mount, so do entries at clinicaltrials.gov for potential treatments, reaching into ...
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All the resources you need in the global battle against the coronavirus

Curious about the state of research into screening and diagnostic tools for the coronavirus? Maybe you want to keep up ...
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Comparing the coronavirus pandemic to past pathogenic threats: HIV, anthrax and Ebola

How does the COVID-19 pandemic compare to other infamous viral infections that have plagued us in modern times? It's a ...
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Podcast: Fighting blindness with CRISPR. Ophthalmologist in groundbreaking study explains how gene editing could treat a once-incurable disease

Congenital eye disorders can rob children of their eyesight at a young age and severely diminish their quality of life ...
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Studying the African genome could yield new medical treatments for everyone

A broader range of populations should be investigated to avoid genomic medicine being of benefit merely to a privileged few ...
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Delving into fuzzy forecasts: How many Americans are infected with the coronavirus?

In the absence of real numbers, projections have filled the void, and it's hard to know which forecasts to trust ...
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Viewpoint: We’ll learn a lot from the coronavirus outbreak, but it will be ‘paid for in blood’

The coronavirus outbreak, now a pandemic spreading at an exponential rate throughout the world, is upending our routines, certainties and ...
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How the “F” word—flu—led to confusion as the coronavirus pandemic unfolded

Thinking that a novel virus is like a familiar one is like assuming that a guinea pig is the same ...
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Podcast: Can you inherit more than half your genes from one parent? Debunking genomic myths and misconceptions

Is there such a thing as a perfect genome? Kat Arney explores the myths and misconceptions about genetics, genomics and ...
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The risks of using gene drives to get rid of ‘pesky species’

Using gene drives to eradicate pests has a potential downside—DNA is constantly changing. That means gene drives have the potential ...
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Podcast: Treating blindness with CRISPR; customized cancer drugs; Beyond Meat v. critics; saving bananas from extinction

As genetic engineering reshapes intimate aspects of our lives, is the public on board? ...
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Fighting the coronavirus outbreak with genetic sequencing, CRISPR and synthetic biology

We are better prepared for a coronavirus outbreak than a few years ago ...
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Podcast: Bird poop, pus, and the Manhattan project—the surprising origins of the genetic alphabet

Kat Arney explores the origins of the genetic alphabet: A, C, T and G - the four 'letters' that spell ...
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‘Warrior gene’: Some people may be genetically wired for aggressiveness. Should we do anything about it?

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A once-rejected rave drug finds a new healing purpose ...
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