Skin cancer and screening: The good and the bad of ‘overdiagnosis’

Skin cancer and screening: The good and the bad of ‘overdiagnosis’

About a decade ago, when he was a first-year dermatology resident, Adewole Adamson learned that “exploding” rates of melanoma were ...
Hulu’s Rosemary's Baby redux ‘False Positive’ bungles the science and stretches credulity

Hulu’s Rosemary’s Baby redux ‘False Positive’ bungles the science and stretches credulity

I looked forward to Hulu’s original horror film False Positive, pitched as a modern-day Rosemary’s Baby. It premiered at the Tribeca ...
Our prowess in sports has deep roots in evolution

Our prowess in sports has deep roots in evolution

The coming Olympics will showcase some of the most extraordinary human feats of strength, speed, and agility. As an archaeologist ...
High on prehistoric life: When did humans begin experimenting with mind-altering drugs and alcohol?

High on prehistoric life: When did humans begin experimenting with mind-altering drugs and alcohol?

Humans constantly alter the world. We fire fields, turn forests into farms, and breed plants and animals. But humans don’t ...
Podcast: The COVID genetic sequencing revolution; Ban human gene editing? Brainless slime redefines cognition

Podcast: The COVID genetic sequencing revolution; Ban human gene editing? Brainless slime redefines cognition

For all the ills it brought, the COVID-19 pandemic may have helped revolutionize genetic sequencing. Human gene editing is fraught ...
How endangered great apes provide a crucial window into human evolution — and why we should help preserve these species

How endangered great apes provide a crucial window into human evolution — and why we should help preserve these species

When I was a kid, every trip to the zoo featured a visit to the orangutan habitat. I was fascinated ...
You don’t have to be a COVID vaccine rejectionist to want to fully understand the nonspecific effects (NSE) of vaccines

You don’t have to be a COVID vaccine rejectionist to want to fully understand the nonspecific effects (NSE) of vaccines

The world’s attention is presently focused on the mRNA vaccines, which may turn out to be the most revolutionary vaccines ...
Epstein-Barr virus link? Tantalizing clues suggest EBV potentially triggers COVID long-haul symptoms

Epstein-Barr virus link? Tantalizing clues suggest EBV potentially triggers COVID long-haul symptoms

COVID-19 has already broken all the rules. Since when does a virus make people lose their sense of taste and ...
Extreme heat and evolution: We adapted to handle a vast range of temperatures but current conditions are pushing limits

Extreme heat and evolution: We adapted to handle a vast range of temperatures but current conditions are pushing limits

Heat waves are the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the United States, not the more photogenic windstorms and floods. Hotter ...
GLP Podcast: Animal gene editing moves ahead in Russia; Biotech eliminates flavorless produce; Edible cholera vaccine coming soon?

GLP Podcast: Animal gene editing moves ahead in Russia; Biotech eliminates flavorless produce; Edible cholera vaccine coming soon?

Russia wants to produce allergen-free milk using animal gene editing. How much progress have they made? If you're bored with ...
It affects 50 million Americans, and for now it's incurable. Here's what we know about the ear ringing disorder tinnitus — and its possible links to COVID-19 and vaccines

It affects 50 million Americans, and for now it’s incurable. Here’s what we know about the ear ringing disorder tinnitus — and its possible links to COVID-19 and vaccines

This past March, the CEO and founder of the Texas Roadhouse steakhouse chain, Kent Taylor, committed suicide. According to family ...
‘Grizzled level-headedness’: As we age, we have fewer but more satisfying social contacts and are emotionally happier

‘Grizzled level-headedness’: As we age, we have fewer but more satisfying social contacts and are emotionally happier

When we are young, our skills tend to improve with age and experience. But once we are well into adulthood, ...
How Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and anti-vaxxers misrepresent the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) to scare people about COVID shot ‘dangers’

How Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and anti-vaxxers misrepresent the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) to scare people about COVID shot ‘dangers’

Convincing a parent that vaccines won't harm their children can be a near-possible task these days. As pediatric infectious disease ...
GLP Podcast: 'It's banned in Europe' fallacy, debunked; Conversation's bad glyphosate article; Fighting pregnancy stress

GLP Podcast: ‘It’s banned in Europe’ fallacy, debunked; Conversation’s bad glyphosate article; Fighting pregnancy stress

If a pesticide is banned in Europe, does that make it dangerous? Nope. Typically an excellent source of science commentary, ...
Is Prevagen the 'silver bullet' supplement to treat Alzheimer’s disease? Distinguishing hope from hype in the battle against cognitive decline

Is Prevagen the ‘silver bullet’ supplement to treat Alzheimer’s disease? Distinguishing hope from hype in the battle against cognitive decline

The avalanche of TV ads for Prevagen that coincided with my reaching Medicare age has inspired me to investigate what’s ...
How did Taiwan go from fortress impregnable to Asia’s COVID hotspot?

How did Taiwan go from fortress impregnable to Asia’s COVID hotspot?

In September 2020, I arrived in Taiwan on a flight from New York. I had read much about the border ...
Bereitschaftspotential effect: Brain-to-computer interfaces are all the rage, but legal issues about how and why we act complicate risks

Bereitschaftspotential effect: Brain-to-computer interfaces are all the rage, but legal issues about how and why we act complicate risks

As I’ve written recently, a spate of devices enabling people with quadriplegia to move their extremities have been approved by ...
Saving our soil: 4 new microbial technologies that keep soil healthy and us fed

Saving our soil: 4 new microbial technologies that keep soil healthy and us fed

Soil microbes are hard to see and understand, yet we know that they have a significant impact on plant health, ...
Pregnant women’s brains show troubling signs of stress – but feeling strong social support can break those patterns

Pregnant women’s brains show troubling signs of stress – but feeling strong social support can break those patterns

Even before the pandemic, there was plenty for expectant mothers to worry about. Pregnant women must withstand a barrage of ...
What our embattled world looks like through the ‘eyes’ of SARS-CoV-2

What our embattled world looks like through the ‘eyes’ of SARS-CoV-2

I’m tired of writing about COVID from a geneticist’s point of view, so I thought I’d let a virus speak ...
Rafting events: How did animals disperse around the world to seed evolution? Here is one possible scenario

Rafting events: How did animals disperse around the world to seed evolution? Here is one possible scenario

Humans evolved in Africa, along with chimpanzees, gorillas and monkeys. But primates themselves appear to have evolved elsewhere – likely ...
Viewpoint: What’s the future of individualized medicine when you factor in ‘racial’ and genetic differences?

Viewpoint: What’s the future of individualized medicine when you factor in ‘racial’ and genetic differences?

COVID-19 has put race-based health disparities on full display, but such inequities extend far deeper than the current pandemic. An ...
GLP Podcast: Cell-based breast milk; Joe Mercola's awful COVID book; More mRNA drugs coming soon?

GLP Podcast: Cell-based breast milk; Joe Mercola’s awful COVID book; More mRNA drugs coming soon?

Cell-based breast milk might offer mothers and babies a better alternative to expensive formula in the coming years. Alternative health ...
Podcast: 'Disinformation feedback loop': GLP's Jon Entine and geneticist Kevin Folta expose web of anti-biotech groups — and their anti-vaxx, cult-promoting funding sources

Podcast: ‘Disinformation feedback loop’: GLP’s Jon Entine and geneticist Kevin Folta expose web of anti-biotech groups — and their anti-vaxx, cult-promoting funding sources

The Genetic Literacy Project is a popular and respected science organization that promotes innovation and research using the cutting-edge tools ...
Sperm injections (ICSI) are all the rage at IVF clinics. Should couples trying to conceive consider them?

Sperm injections (ICSI) are all the rage at IVF clinics. Should couples trying to conceive consider them?

An expensive IVF technique, routinely offered in fertility clinics around the world, offers no extra benefits to standard IVF in ...
By 2030, nearly half of Americans will be classified as obese: From gene manipulation to lifestyle changes, here are rays of hope

By 2030, nearly half of Americans will be classified as obese: From gene manipulation to lifestyle changes, here are rays of hope

Now that COVID-19 is winding down, perhaps it’s time to go back to trying to do something about our country’s ...
GLP podcast: Mexico's activist-inspired glyphosate ban; Anti-GMO Twitter bots on the loose; Malaria vaccine coming soon?

GLP podcast: Mexico’s activist-inspired glyphosate ban; Anti-GMO Twitter bots on the loose; Malaria vaccine coming soon?

Mexico seems determined to ban the weedkiller glyphosate and biotech crops, drawing intense opposition from the country's farmers. Twitter bots ...
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