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Algorithm identifies genetic mutations with just a photo

Kate Sheridan | 
Some people’s faces — or even just a photo of them — hint at the genes they carry. And now, ...
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New cousin to deadly Ebola virus discovered in bats in China

Helen Branswell | 
The notorious filovirus family — which includes such dangerous actors as the Ebola and Marburg viruses — seems to just keep ...

Controversial Chinese gene-editing scientist downplays reports suggesting he could face death penalty

Sharon Begley | 
The Chinese scientist who shocked the world in November by announcing that twin girls had been born from embryos that he had created ...

Do we really need a more potent, and more addictive, opioid?

Ed Silverman | 
In the midst of a national opioid crisis, how badly do we need another formidable painkiller? This vexing question has ...

How 100-year-old tissue samples could rewrite the Spanish flu’s deadly history

Helen Branswell | 
Late one night Michael Worobey began poking around on the internet, looking for descendants of a World War I British ...
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Video: Why infectious diseases are so troublesome for air travelers

Alex Hogan | 
When Emirates Flight EK203 landed at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport last September, it did not proceed to its ...

Why the CDC’s opioid guidelines may be hurting patients in pain

Kate Nicholson, Diane Hoffman, Chad Kollas | 
Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published its guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain in March 2016, pain patients ...

NIH blocks research using fetal tissue, prompting calls of ‘scientific censorship’

Kate Sheridan | 
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have been ordered not to acquire new fetal tissue for their research since ...

CRISPR treatment for rare genetic eye disorder gains FDA study approval

Damian Garde | 
Days after a Chinese researcher incensed the world of science with claims of editing the genomes of twin girls, an American ...

Converting thought to speech: Brain implants could help paralyzed patients communicate

Sharon Begley | 
[Neurosurgeon Ashesh Mehta] was operating on [an] epilepsy patient to determine the source of seizures. But the patient agreed to ...
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Using single-cell sequencing to refine the search for disease culprits

Meghana Keshavan | 
[S]cientists, using a powerful technology called single-cell sequencing, have begun to peel apart the precise mechanisms of how individual cells ...
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Targeting sperm in the quest for a contraceptive that doesn’t use hormones

Megan Thielking | 
Scientists are trying to create a new kind of contraception with a novel tactic: tangling up sperm so they can’t ...

Viewpoint: Why we need a 3-year moratorium on gene-edited babies

Paul Knoepfler | 
Chinese researcher He [Jiankui] dropped the bomb with his claim that he produced twin CRISPR’d babies. He cited a 2017 National Academies ...
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Inside the quest to solve mystery disease paralyzing kids

To parents and the press, the “new” disease that is paralyzing kids is a mystery. Media coverage of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), ...
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Viewpoint: Why gene drives should be left in the hands of nonprofits

Kevin Esvelt | 
Gene drive and other methods of editing the genomes of wild organisms could save millions of lives and prevent billions ...

Ethics and the controversial decision to make gene-edited babies

Sharon Begley | 
For someone who has caused a worldwide uproar over what many fellow scientists consider an ethical outrage, He Jiankui of ...

There’s still much we don’t know about world’s first gene-edited babies

Elizabeth Cooney | 
A Chinese scientist has shocked the world with claims he used the genome editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 to manipulate the genes ...

Start up Nebula Genomics offers free full genome sequencing, but there’s a privacy catch

Sharon Begley | 
Information wants to be free, says the old internet meme, and a genomics company will now apply that to DNA: ...

How we can improve mortality rates for people with mental illnesses

Shekhar Saxena, Ralph Aquila | 
[P]eople with serious mental illness die 10 to 25 years earlier than the general population. It’s not difficult to understand why. Even ...

Using machine learning to hunt for the origins of new viruses

Andrew Joseph | 
When a new virus crops up in people, health authorities face an urgent question: Where did it come from? Thousands of viruses ...

Opioid controversy: FDA approves powerful new drug despite addiction concerns

Ed Silverman | 
In a highly controversial move, the Food and Drug Administration approved an especially powerful opioid painkiller despite criticism that the ...

Explaining CRISPR gene editing to beginners is no easy task

Eric Boodman | 
[MIT grad student Avery] Normandin was surrounded by an entirely different kind of laypeople. These folks — or at least ...
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Viewpoint: Why the West should worry about losing the gene-editing race

André Choulika | 
I fear that the West is losing today’s version of the “space race” — this one to use and control gene ...
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Small patient pool in Alzheimer’s drug trial casts shadow on positive results

Damian Garde | 
Facing pressing questions about its latest clinical trial in Alzheimer’s disease, Biogen may have sowed further doubt on the future ...

Which contraceptive is best for you? Precision medicine could provide the answer

Megan Christofield | 
Approximately 900 million women around the world use contraceptives. It’s a shame that, even with the best available evidence and resources, an ...

Drugs for mental disorders: Why better access to services ‘will likely make things worse’

Robert Nikkel, Robert Whitaker | 
To reduce the rising burden of mental disorders around the world, the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable ...
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Seeking answers for sick babies through whole genome sequencing

Meghana Keshavan | 
When babies become intensely ill, it can be difficult to know what has gone wrong. But the answer, quite often, ...

Cartoons offer ‘simple’ whimsical look at cancer immunotherapy through the eyes of scientists

Neil Canavan | 
Four years ago, I was hired for a new and terrific job: to help my colleagues at Solebury Trout and ...