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World’s most expensive drug: £1.79 million one-off Zolgensma treatment approved by British National Health Service to treat spinal muscular dystrophy in children

World’s most expensive drug: £1.79 million one-off Zolgensma treatment approved by British National Health Service to treat spinal muscular dystrophy in children

Phoebe Weston | 
Zolgensma, which costs £1.79m per dose, halts the progression of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), which involves loss of movement, muscle ...
'Peak meat' 2025? As plant-based proteins grow more popular, beef consumption will drop, study predicts

‘Peak meat’ 2025? As plant-based proteins grow more popular, beef consumption will drop, study predicts

Damian Carrington | 
An increasing number of people are eating meat and dairy alternatives as concern grows over health, the environmental impact of ...
Twin peak: Global twin rates at historic highs, and here’s why

Twin peak: Global twin rates at historic highs, and here’s why

Ian Sample | 
Researchers analysed records from more than 100 countries and found a substantial rise in twin birthrates since the 1980s, with ...
What does it mean to have a ‘near death’ experience?

What does it mean to have a ‘near death’ experience?

Alex Moshakis | 
Given that near-death experiences happen with limited warning, they are almost impossible to test. “We’re dealing with a very short ...
Kathleen Folbigg: Convicted serial baby killer could be exonerated as rare genetic mutations may explain her children's deaths

Kathleen Folbigg: Convicted serial baby killer could be exonerated as rare genetic mutations may explain her children’s deaths

Calla Wahlquist | 
Kathleen Folbigg is in jail for killing her children as infants between 1990 and 1999.  [Recently] her supporters released a ...
‘Quest for deliciousness’: How hunger for tasty food drove human evolution

‘Quest for deliciousness’: How hunger for tasty food drove human evolution

Donna Ferguson | 
Human evolution and exploration of the world were shaped by a hunger for tasty food – “a quest for deliciousness” ...
A complicated legacy: Reassessing Darwin‘s views on race and gender 150 years after the ‘The Descent of Man’

A complicated legacy: Reassessing Darwin‘s views on race and gender 150 years after the ‘The Descent of Man’

Adam Rutherford | 
Darwin was a liberal, and an abolitionist, perhaps influenced by his taxidermy tutor in Edinburgh, a Guyanese man called John ...
Viewpoint: Tanzania’s anti-vaxxer president is slowing COVID response and endangering lives

Viewpoint: Tanzania’s anti-vaxxer president is slowing COVID response and endangering lives

Vava Tampa | 
In politics, there are generally two ways of making decisions. The first is evidence-based, weighing the pros and cons and ...
PFAS chemicals found in many consumer products could reduce effectiveness of vaccines and other COVID treatments

PFAS chemicals found in many consumer products could reduce effectiveness of vaccines and other COVID treatments

Oliver Milman | 
Small amounts of per- and polyfluoroalkyl (or PFAS) chemicals are commonly found in the bodies of people in the US, ...
Viewpoint: Happiness isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Viewpoint: Happiness isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

David Robson | 
Over the past 10 years, numerous studies have shown that our obsession with happiness and high personal confidence may be ...
Cave bears: Neanderthals may have survived harsh winters by hibernating

Cave bears: Neanderthals may have survived harsh winters by hibernating

Robin McKie | 
Evidence from bones found at one of the world’s most important fossil sites suggests that our hominid predecessors may have ...
Global health groups urge countries to donate COVID vaccines to humanitarian stockpiles, protecting stateless people in asylum camps

Global health groups urge countries to donate COVID vaccines to humanitarian stockpiles, protecting stateless people in asylum camps

Michael Safi | 
Public health groups are lobbying countries to commit a portion of their Covid-19 vaccine supplies to a “humanitarian buffer” that ...
Impossible Foods is on a mission: ‘Eradicate the meat and fish industries by 2035’

Impossible Foods is on a mission: ‘Eradicate the meat and fish industries by 2035’

Patrick Greenfield | 
Patrick Brown is on a mission: to eradicate the meat and fish industries by 2035. The CEO of Impossible Foods, a ...
Vaccine diplomacy: China hopes its vaccine development and outreach to the developing world will refurbish its image

Vaccine diplomacy: China hopes its vaccine development and outreach to the developing world will refurbish its image

Emma Graham-Harrison, Tom Phillips | 
Brazil is among the countries worst hit by the pandemic, with over six million cases and nearly 170,000 deaths. China ...
Vaccines for COVID have been developed in record time. Here’s the story behind the miracle

Vaccines for COVID have been developed in record time. Here’s the story behind the miracle

Robin McKie | 
[P]acked in dry ice were swabs from a patient who was suffering from a novel, occasionally fatal respiratory illness that ...
COVID vaccine made from GMO tobacco? It’s now in human trials

COVID vaccine made from GMO tobacco? It’s now in human trials

Rob Davies | 
While large pharmaceutical companies are already producing vaccines, [the company British American Tobacco] believes its own can be produced in ...
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Glyphosate: Deadly ‘poison,’ or biodiversity protection tool? Environmentalists split over controversial weedkiller

Graham Readfern | 
.... [A]way from lawsuits and petitions, there are concerns among some opponents of Australia’s invasive weeds that glyphosate – a ...
HIV infections among gay and bisexual men hit 20 year low

HIV infections among gay and bisexual men hit 20 year low

Lucy Campbell | 
A PHE report reveals that overall, across all genders and sexualities, the number of people with a new HIV diagnosis dropped ...
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Can dementia be cured?

David Cox | 
Dementia is not just one disease – it has more than 200 different subtypes. Over the past decade neurologists have ...
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Interactive: How Pomeranians, Poodles, Great Danes and 158 other dog breeds are genetically related to each other

Michael Whitehead, Nick Evershed | 
In the mid-18th century there was a period of intense innovation and codification in dog breeding, giving rise not only ...
‘Pandemic fatigue’ hits Europe. Science alone will not corral COVID, WHO says

‘Pandemic fatigue’ hits Europe. Science alone will not corral COVID, WHO says

Jon Henley | 
European countries will need to “move beyond biomedical science” to overcome Covid-19 as “pandemic fatigue” and new infections rapidly rise ...
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Vikings not purely Scandinavian and many were dark-haired, claims genetic study

Nicola Davis | 
Vikings were far from a single group of flaxen-haired, sea-faring Scandinavians. A genetic study of Viking-age human remains has not ...
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2% of us carry Neanderthal genes. We are at greater risk for COVID

Ian Sample | 
Scientists have claimed that a strand of DNA that triples the risk of developing severe Covid-19 was passed on from ...
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Can we predict where dangerous animal-borne viruses will appear next?

John Vidal | 
[G]iven good data, [Ebola, a] notoriously unpredictable zoonotic – or animal-borne – disease, which is passed to humans via primates ...
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Africa was expected to be a coronavirus graveyard. Could COVID be rapidly receding instead?

Karen McVeigh | 
Prof Francesco Checchi, a specialist in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told MPs it was ...
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Viewpoint: American agriculture could ‘unravel’ without major sustainability changes

Tom Philpott | 
Picture an ideal dinner plate. If you’re like most Americans, it features a hearty portion of meat, from animals fattened ...
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Zoanthropy: The curious case of the woman who believes she is a chicken

Daniel Boffey | 
[A] 54-year-old woman, who had no history of drug or alcohol abuse, was found by her brother in her garden ...
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Forced sterilizations in the US? It happened in California until 2013

Shilpa Jindia | 
Filmed over seven years, Erika Cohn’s Belly of the Beast exposes state-sanctioned sterilizations in California prisons through the story of ...
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