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Viewpoint: US government’s clinical trial registry plagued by ‘bogus’ patient-funded stem-cell trials

When a judge ruled [June 3] that the FDA could stop the work of U.S. Stem Cell, the firm’s trials ...
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Video: Exploring the riddle of consciousness

Consciousness is perhaps the biggest riddle in nature. In the first part of this three part video series, we explore ...
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Could a virus be causing mysterious ‘polio-like’ disease affecting children?

Researchers say they have strong new evidence that a virus is involved in a rare and puzzling polio-like condition that ...
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Lab-grown patch could be the solution for repairing damaged heart tissue

Restoring damaged heart tissue has proved difficult if not impossible, but a research team from Imperial College London has a ...
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Viewpoint: Wellness industry obsession with ‘thin’ preserves ‘vicious fallacy’ and hurts women’s health

[Wellness is] a dangerous con that seduces smart women with pseudoscientific claims of increasing energy, reducing inflammation, lowering the risk ...
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‘Zombie deer disease’ could make leap to humans, researchers say

Jeannine Fleegle [wildlife biologist] reached into a black garbage bag, pulled out a severed deer head, and placed it on ...
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Tired of being a night owl? You may be able to trick your body into changing its ways

If you envy people who wake up with the Sun, but you can’t seem to get to bed until well ...
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Consumer genetic testing firms may not be able to block police access to data

The GEDMatch decision to give police access to its data in the assault case — made without informing the database’s ...
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Monkeys given gene-edited pig organs in quest to address human transplant shortage

In 2017, Harvard University geneticist George Church predicted that gene-edited pig organs would be transplanted into people within two years—maybe ...
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Can we teach evolutionary biology without making students ‘choose between their faith and evolution’?

Michael Reiss, a professor of science education at University College London and an Anglican Priest, suggests that “we need to ...
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Consumer genetic testing and how to protect your DNA data

Consumer DNA testing kits like those from 23andMe, Ancestry.com and MyHeritage promise a road map to your genealogy and, in ...
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Legalizing pot won’t slow the opioid epidemic, study suggests

Nearly five years ago, a team of researchers performing a study on medical cannabis came to a startling conclusion: The ...
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Fecal transplant death sparks new FDA screening precautions, pause of clinical trials

One patient has died and another became seriously ill after fecal transplants inadvertently seeded their innards with a multi-drug resistant ...
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‘Jumping genes’ may help CRISPR make precision edits of disease-causing DNA

[In a 2017 study] four biologists wrote that “it has not escaped our notice” that a funny little “jumping gene” ...
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Viewpoint: Congressional proposal to loosen court ruling that blocked companies from patenting genes could ‘stifle’ science innovation

In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of innovation when it struck down a patent that gave one ...
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Do these ‘natural’ birth control methods work? Don’t count on it.

I asked some real experts—Robin Watkins, a women’s-health nurse practitioner and director of health care at Power to Decide, and ...
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New migraine treatments a game changer for some patients

Chronic migraine disorder, which a neurologist diagnosed [Michelle] Tracy with shortly after her initial ER visit, is defined as having ...
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Why an FDA legal victory won’t stop controversial stem cell clinics

When the Food and Drug Administration won a landmark lawsuit [June 3] against a stem cell company, health officials hailed ...
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Million dollar question: Is the microbiome the key to diagnosing, fighting chronic disease?

What if the solution to our health problems is already inside our bodies? The human body is replete with billions ...
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Another CRISPR controversy brews as Russian scientist announces plans to produce gene-edited babies

A Russian scientist says he is planning to produce gene-edited babies, an act that would make him only the second ...
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Why did sex evolve? It may protect against rare cancers, researchers suggest

In an essay published in the journal PLOS Biology, scientists presented a theory which they say could answer a 50-year ...
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Studies of ancient DNA offer new insights into human migration between Siberia and North America

There is plenty of evidence to suggest that humans migrated to the North American continent via Beringia, a land mass ...
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How the rush to decriminalize magic mushrooms could hurt psychedelic drug research

Welcome to a murky new front in the war to bring psychedelics out of the shadows and into both legal ...
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Nature’s Viagra? Seahorse’s future threatened by Chinese sex drug obsession

In Chinese medicine, seahorses are believed to have Viagra-like powers. Hong Kong is the world's largest trading hub for the ...
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Mutations have turned our bodies into a mosaic of cellular variations

Your body has about 40 trillion cells, and they all arose from a single fertilized egg. But it turns out ...
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Alzheimer’s trial seeks to harness the body’s immune system

Scientists in academic and corporate labs are already pursuing a host of new approaches that they hope will offer pathways ...
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Making eggs and sperm from stem cells would create ‘ethical, social and legal conundrums’

Until recently, the only way to make eggs or sperm was the old-fashioned way: in the ovaries and testes. In ...
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Restorative stem cell treatments? William Shatner pitching stem cell therapies’ that evidence shows don’t work

Shatner has not been known, especially on Twitter, for his reflective nature or critical thinking abilities.  ... Star Trek star ...