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None of the leading COVID vaccine candidates will likely generate protective antibodies for very long. Is there a shot that could?

Lina Zeldovich | 
[S]ome scientists question whether [COVID vaccines currently in testing] will produce a strong and long-lasting immunity, especially if they aren't ...
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Lazy brains: How can we avoid falling for misinformation

Gleb Tsipursky | 
Our brains are lazy. The more effort it takes to process information, the more uncomfortable we feel about it and ...
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Anti-viral drugs might be safer, more effective, and easier to develop than COVID-19 vaccines

Bob Roehr |, the most commonly used registry for worldwide medical research, listed 1358 clinical trials on the [COVID-19], including using scores ...

‘The technology is already here’: Implants could eliminate regular health checkups

David Warmflash | 
Imagine it's the year 2040 and you're due for your regular health checkup. Time to schedule your next colonoscopy, Pap ...
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Viewpoint: Prenatal DNA intelligence predictors ignore environment’s role in IQ

Catherine Bliss | 
When we examine the way DNA IQ predictors are generated, we see scientists grouping people with similar IQ test results ...
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Do men and women feel pain differently? The answer could lead to better treatments for chronic pain

Kimberly Yavorski | 
According to the CDC, one fifth of American adults live with chronic pain, and women are affected more than men ...
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Can DNA-based dating apps help you find a love connection? Don’t count on it, scientists say

Emily Mullin | 
With the direct-to-consumer genetic testing market booming, more and more companies are looking to capitalize on the promise of DNA-based ...
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‘Carbon farming’: The answer to climate change, flooding and declining biodiversity?

Kenneth Miller | 
The chemical in question is carbon. Too much of it in the atmosphere (in the form of carbon dioxide, a ...
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10-minute cancer test? Researcher explains breakthrough discovery

Kira Peikoff, Matt Trau | 
Matt Trau, a professor of chemistry at the University of Queensland, stunned the science world back in December [2018] when ...

Viewpoint: We aren’t prepared to ‘responsibly’ handle a genetic engineered future

Jamie Metzl | 
The news last November that a rogue Chinese scientist had genetically altered the embryos of a pair of Chinese twins ...
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Parents are banking their kids’ baby teeth as a stem cell ‘insurance policy’

Linda Marsa | 
When Karen Davis attended a presentation at a dental conference in 2013, she unexpectedly discovered a service that could help ...
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What the CRISPR baby controversy can teach us about ethics through the ages

Hank Greely | 
[H]ow should we assess the ethics of new biomedical procedures when we know that society’s views may change?  More specifically, ...
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Do we really need sex to make babies? Maybe not

Jamie Metzl | 
There are lots of great reasons we humans have sex. We mostly do it to pair bond, realize our primal ...
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Gene editing set to revolutionize agriculture—but how should it be regulated?

Kenneth Miller | 
In the next few decades, humanity faces its biggest food crisis since the invention of the plow. The planet’s population, ...
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Why probiotics could actually be bad for you

Temma Ehrenfeld | 
Millions of Americans take probiotics—live bacteria deemed useful—assuming there can be only positive effects. The truth is that you really ...

Scientific fraud and why it’s not just a problem with ‘a few bad apples’

Eve Herold | 
Last week, the whistleblowers in the Paolo Macchiarini affair at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet went on the record here to detail ...

3 neural implants that could change our lives

Kira Peikoff | 
Here are three of [DARPA’s] research programs that are showing promise in early human testing: 1) A NEURAL IMPLANT [TO] ...
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8 things to know about anti-aging research and why there’s ‘no doubt’ humans can live to 150

Kira Peikoff, Michael West | 
Dr. [Michael] West is the CEO of AgeX Therapeutics, a biotech company that is developing novel therapeutics to target human ...
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Viewpoint: Science hype doomed startup that promised to upload brains ‘to the cloud’

Addison Nugent | 
This past March, headlines suddenly flooded the Internet about a startup company called Nectome. Founded by two graduates of the ...

5 key things we should know about the gut microbiome

Kristina Campbell | 
Here are five of the most important questions that lie ahead for microbiome science. 1) What makes a gut microbiome ...

Understanding the difference between eugenics and genetic tests that predict intelligence

Paige Harden | 
Polygenic scores ... can predict a person’s intelligence or performance in school. Like a credit score, a polygenic score is ...
No outrage: Why news of first cloned monkeys barely moved the needle

No outrage: Why news of first cloned monkeys barely moved the needle

Bernard Siegel | 
[Cloned monkeys] Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua were created at the Chinese Academy of Science’s Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai ...
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Ethical questions surround deep brain stimulation therapy for Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases

David Levine | 
[D]eep brain stimulation [is] a type of therapy in which one or more electrodes are inserted into your brain and ...
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Viewpoint: There’s no reason to panic over human germline editing

Hank Greely | 
[Editor's note: Hank Greely is a professor of law and genetics at Stanford University.] Controversy has raged about editing human ...
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