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Why evolution always goes in one direction

The diversity and complexity of life on Earth is astonishing: 8 million or more living species – from algae to ...
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Viewpoint: Great Barrington Declaration arguing for herd immunity ‘takes page from denialist propaganda playbook’

When you’ve been examining pseudoscientific and quack claims for over two decades, you start to recognize patterns in the strategies ...
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Final weeks to approval: NIH’s Anthony Fauci and FDA’s Peter Marks on what’s ahead before we can expect a safe COVID vaccine

As tens of thousands of people participate in phase 3 clinical trials on COVID-19 vaccine candidates, the focus is turning ...
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Cut carbs? Eat less, move more? Why the spat between low carbers and calorie counters is pointless

Part of my introduction to nutrition was reading books my mom picked up second-hand at rummage sales back in England ...
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It’s not going away: We need a real, non-political debate about the best way to live with COVID or countries will fracture

In 1968, at the height of the last great influenza pandemic, at least a million people worldwide died, including 100,000 ...
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New England Journal of Medicine sets aside 200 years of politics, editorializing FDA and CDC have been compromised, calling political leadership ‘dangerously incompetent’

Covid-19 has created a crisis throughout the world. This crisis has produced a test of leadership. With no good options ...
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Podcast: From Philadelphia to Baltimore—Tales of Chromosomes, Cancer Cells and Henrietta Lacks

In this episode we’re taking a road trip from Philadelphia to Baltimore, exploring stories of chromosomal cut-and-paste, cancer cures and ...
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Viewpoint: The choosiness myth — Why are there fewer women in science?

In 1879, French polymath Gustave Le Bon wrote that even in “the most intelligent races” there “are a large number of ...
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Infographic: 5 different ways COVID vaccines work

COVID vaccine hesitancy is on the rise, perhaps in the wake of pressure to speed approval beyond scientific reason. But I think ...
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Video: Vaccine expert Paul Offit talks with Medscape’s Eric Topol on the pitfalls and promise of COVID ‘Operation Warp Speed’

[Editor's note: This interview can be watched in full at Medscape. Watch it here. Read a transcript of the interview ...
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Viewpoint: Animals vs plants? Stop fighting about where your protein comes from and eat a balanced diet

With a feeling of uncertainty infiltrating our lives lately, many of us are looking for concrete information to help us ...
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How anti-Semitism shaped the genes of Jewish people

Evidence of past outrages is not only in the history books. It's also written in our genomes ...
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How COVID-19 resembles a sexually transmitted disease

Viruses walk a fine line between severity and transmissibility. If they are too virulent, they kill or incapacitate their hosts; ...
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The Goldilocks phenomenon: Why as many as 45% of patients get COVID and show no symptoms

One of the reasons Covid-19 has spread so swiftly around the globe is that for the first days after infection, ...
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Regenerative medicine and war: The next breakthrough in treating injured veterans?

Many Americans, and indeed people all over the world, were outraged when reports surfaced this past summer that President Trump ...
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Artificial Intelligence’s Orwellian dangers – and what we should do about it

Individualistic western societies are built on the idea that no one knows our thoughts, desires or joys better than we ...
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Using CRISPR to fight antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’

The superbugs are winning the antibiotics wars. CRISPR could turn the tide ...
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Podcast: The future of cancer care—How genomics is transforming research and treatment for all

In this episode, sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific, we’re taking a look at how genomic technologies are transforming cancer care ...
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COVID has amped up our cortisol stress response. Here’s how you can manage your diet to control anxiety

Stress seems to be a common state of mind these days. With COVID-19 still very much present, and with solutions ...
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Revisiting the Kon-Tiki hypothesis: Did ancient Americans really settle the Pacific?

An eccentric theory of human seagoing migration—made famous by one of the most insanely suicidal ‘scientific’ experiments ever undertaken—has recently ...
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‘It’s all in the brain’: The science behind stuttering

Gerald Maguire has stuttered since childhood, but you might not guess it from talking to him. For the past 25 ...
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‘Detecting consciousness’: Living with a missing cerebellum and other mysteries of the brain

Can electrical impulses in the brain explain the stuff that dreams are made of? ...
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Why a coronavirus vaccine ‘October Surprise’ could be an October disaster

There is widespread anticipation of the availability of vaccines to prevent COVID-19 infections so that Americans can get their lives ...
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Skeletons provide tell-tale glimpses into past mass infections and pandemics

Dead men do tell tales through their physical remains ...
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‘Challenge studies’: Should we be testing COVID vaccines by intentionally infecting volunteers?

To those who’ve never thought about volunteering to be intentionally infected to test a vaccine, the idea may at first ...
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Viewpoint: Rethinking ‘critical race theory’ — What happens when broad racialist viewpoints ‘invade’ science?

“Schœlcher n’est pas notre sauveur,” declared protestors who toppled statues on the French territory of Martinique earlier this year—“Schœlcher is not our savior.” The reference ...
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Podcast: Where do babies come from? How developmental genetics revealed the secrets of life’s earliest stages

In this episode we’re going back to the very beginning, telling the stories of the midwives of the field of ...
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Why COVID-19 hits men harder than women

When it comes to surviving critical cases of COVID-19, it appears that men draw the short straw. Initial reports from ...