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Vaccine conspiracy theories hold wide sway in government-skeptical Latino community

Vaccine conspiracy theories hold wide sway in government-skeptical Latino community

Jean Guerrero | 
Since the pandemic began, Latinos like my dad, a Mexican immigrant, have been hit with a torrent of false claims ...
For some COVID victims, it’s a tortured path regaining a sense of smell

For some COVID victims, it’s a tortured path regaining a sense of smell

Brittny Mejia | 
Smell is instrumental in our perception of flavors, allowing us to differentiate strawberry from raspberry ice cream and warning us ...
‘Rare event’: Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine does not pose major danger of allergic reactions

‘Rare event’: Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine does not pose major danger of allergic reactions

Karen Kaplan | 
Among 4,041,396 [Moderna COVID vaccine] doses given over 21 days, a total of 10 cases of anaphylaxis were confirmed by ...
How DNA and genetic genealogy helped catch one of the world’s most notorious murderers, the Golden State Killer

How DNA and genetic genealogy helped catch one of the world’s most notorious murderers, the Golden State Killer

Paige St. John | 
The dramatic arrest in 2018 of Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. was all the more astounding because of how detectives said ...
Why Black Americans are among the largest group of COVID vaccine skeptics

Why Black Americans are among the largest group of COVID vaccine skeptics

Erika Smith | 
[A]cross the U.S., only 32% of Black adults say they would definitely or probably take a COVID-19 vaccine, according to ...
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With Trump preaching ‘America first,’ developing world allies like Mexico are looking to Russia and China for COVID vaccines

Emily Baumgaertner | 
At least three U.S. pharmaceutical companies have agreements with the Mexican government that could reduce how long its citizens have ...
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Saliva COVID tests appear as accurate as nasal swabs

Karen Kaplan | 
Two new studies have found that tests that look for the virus in samples of saliva are about as reliable ...
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Alzheimer’s disease may soon be detectable with a simple blood test

[A blood test might] be a simple way to help diagnose [Alzheimer’s, the] most common form of dementia. Developing such a ...
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‘Zombie cells’ infected with coronavirus sprout ‘ghoulish’ tentacles that reach out and hijack neighbors

Melissa Healy | 
Researchers exploring the interaction between the coronavirus and its hosts have discovered that when the SARS-CoV-2 virus infects a human ...
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‘Colossal Maybes’: Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine ‘largely failed’ to improve coronavirus patient survival rates in early, small studies

Melissa Healy | 
The malaria drugs touted by President Trump as potentially “the biggest game changers in the history of medicine” have received ...
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This simple technology could help prevent 72,000 tons of food waste every year

Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz | 
Imagine bananas that never go bad. To Aidan Mouat, chief executive of Chicago-based Hazel Technologies, it’s not so far-fetched. His ...
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Viewpoint: Controversial red-meat review challenged ‘deeply entrenched’ nutrition advice with strong science

Nina Teicholz | 
That last food flip-flop made big headlines last week. It was a “remarkable turnabout,” “jarring,” “stunning.” How, it was asked, ...
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On verge of extinction, polio sweeps through Pakistan thanks to anti-vax movement

Shashank Bengali | 
Polio is making a troubling comeback in Pakistan, and it is being driven by some of the same forces spreading measles ...
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California advances ban on insecticide chlorpyrifos, claims ‘politics’ prevent EPA from acting

Geoffrey Mohan | 
California regulators on [August 14] took formal legal steps to ban a widely used pesticide that had been rescued from ...
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Should we have laws to protect our genetic privacy? DNA testing companies don’t think so

David Lazarus | 
How much genetic privacy is a consumer entitled to? Congress is now pondering federal privacy rules that probably will address ...
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Why Donald Trump and other politicians shouldn’t promise a cancer cure

Shefali Luthra | 
President Trump made a new promise if voters grant him a second term: “We will come up with the cures ...
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Will complicated science, ‘rising anti-business sentiment’ cripple Bayer’s glyphosate defense?

Michael Hiltzik | 
The epic $2.055-billion jury verdict against Monsanto over accusations that its blockbuster weed killer Roundup causes cancer is just one ...
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The promise of genetic engineering in medicine could be threatened by ‘bad press’

Usha McFarling | 
Because the disorder is caused by a single mutation in a single gene, sickle cell disease has long been seen ...
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Challenging Nature’s decision to run a stem cell advertisement portrayed as research

Michael Hiltzik | 
Readers of Nature, one of the world’s most important scientific journals, might have been struck recently by an audacious claim ...
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Why teaching evolution is still difficult in many public schools

Ann Reid | 
[November 12] marked the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Epperson vs. Arkansas, which struck down the state’s ...
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Viewpoint: Monsanto is no victim, but Roundup-cancer verdict isn’t backed by science

Michael Hiltzik | 
At the outset, let’s stipulate — as the lawyers might say — that the chemical giant Monsanto is not well ...
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3 questions to ask before buying a home DNA test

David Lazarus | 
[One] DNA test found that my family’s dog, Teddy, is part pit bull, which comes as no surprise. Many rescue ...
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‘I’m the golden guinea pig’: New immunotherapy ‘eliminated’ aggressive breast cancer

Melissa Healy | 
[S]cientists have reported a new approach that eliminated all evidence of advanced-stage breast cancer in a 49-year-old woman who had ...
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‘Ata’ was no alien: DNA analysis solves mystery of tiny mummified Chilean skeleton

Melissa Healy | 
In the 14 years since it was found in an abandoned mining town in Chile's Atacama Desert, the bizarre 6-inch ...
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EPA reaffirms global scientific consensus that glyphosate herbicide does not cause cancer

Geoffrey Mohan | 
The federal Environmental Protection Agency on Monday [Dec. 19] said glyphosate, the primary ingredient in the weed killer Roundup and ...
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Non-GMO condoms? Label’s proliferation confuses consumers

Geoffrey Mohan | 
The National Milk Producers Federation launched a “peel back the label” campaign this summer, aimed squarely at a growing list ...
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Should cancer be treated based on what part of the body it attacks—or its genetic make-up?

Melissa Healy | 
[D]octors have organized their notions of cancer according to that fundamental principle of real estate: location, location, location. Oncologists often ...
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Biblical mystery solved: Ancient Canaanites DNA lives on in Lebanese

Mira Abed | 
The Canaanites lived at the crossroads of the ancient world. They experienced wars, conquests and occupations for millennia, and as ...
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