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‘Their lungs are full of bees’: Largely hidden from the public, the last days of a dying COVID patient are excruciating

‘Their lungs are full of bees’: Largely hidden from the public, the last days of a dying COVID patient are excruciating

Katherine Harmon Courage | 
“Most of what I’m seeing is behind closed curtains, and the general public isn’t seeing this side of it,” says ...
Long haulers face debilitating months of recovery — but chronic symptoms are not unique to COVID

Long haulers face debilitating months of recovery — but chronic symptoms are not unique to COVID

Julia Belluz | 
The dominant narrative about long Covid has been that it’s a uniquely perplexing feature of Covid-19. Reports of “Covid brain ...
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Reports of COVID reinfection are becoming more common. How does that impact immunity?

Brian Resnick, Eliza Barclay | 
[A 25-year-old Nevada man] joins a handful of other confirmed cases of [COVID] reinfection in people without immune disorders. … ...
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Getting a flu shot this fall as the pandemic rages could literally save your life

Katherine Harmon Courage | 
Uncertainty looms over flu season every year, but this time there are even more unknowns than usual — from precisely what ...
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Is expecting herd immunity just wishful thinking? Some people are getting COVID-19 twice

D. Clay Ackerly | 
[One of my patients has] tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, for a second time — three ...
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From lung scarring to heart damage, COVID-19 affects the body long after the virus is gone

Lois Parshley | 
Because Covid-19 is a new disease, there are no studies about its long-term trajectory for those with more severe symptoms; ...
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Is hydroxychloroquine useless and dangerous, or not? Major study released last week dissing therapy now under scrutiny

Kelsey Piper | 
Does President Trump’s favored coronavirus treatment, the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, make you more likely to die of Covid-19? That was ...
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Does ‘factory farming’ increase our risk of experiencing pandemics?

Sigal Samuel | 
Some experts have hypothesized that the novel coronavirus made the jump from animals to humans in China’s wet markets, just ...
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CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna on why we need human gene-editing regulations

Daniel Markus, Jennifer Doudna | 
In this episode of Reset, host Arielle Duhaime-Ross talks with Jennifer Doudna about the promise and peril in CRISPR’s future, what’s ...

Conspiracy theorists suggest the coronavirus was engineered in a Chinese lab. The scientific consensus disagrees.

Eliza Barclay | 
[O]n Fox News and social media, a dangerous conspiracy theory about the origin of the health crisis won’t die. There ...
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Consumers are losing interest in DNA tests. Is it ‘market saturation, privacy concerns, limited usefulness’?

Rani Molla | 
This past year, Ancestry and 23andMe DNA kit sales on their websites saw major declines, according to new data from Second ...
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Can you buy a synthetic version of the deadly 1918 influenza? There’s no law against it—and that has security experts worried

Kelsey Piper | 
In the past few years, something new has become possible in biology: cheaply “printing” DNA for insertion into a cell ...
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Is China’s mysterious virus a ‘global health emergency’? 6 things to know about the outbreak

Julia Belluz | 
Just three weeks ago, China announced the outbreak of a mysterious new virus in the city of Wuhan involving a ...

Rise of perfectionism and its toll on our mental health

Christie Aschwanden | 
Once an issue that affected a select few, perfectionism is now a growing cultural phenomenon, fueled by modern parenting and ...
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Biohacker Josiah Zayner explains how to be ethical without being ‘responsible’

Delia Paunescu, Josiah Zayner | 
Josiah Zayner is a biophysicist who made headlines in 2017 when he tried to edit his genome live onstage at a ...
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‘Unnatural Selection’: Netflix series tackles tough CRISPR issues, including biohacking and editing children’s DNA

Sigal Samuel | 
Is it ethical to edit your child’s DNA — or your own? Does the answer depend on whether you’re perfectly ...
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Trump administration wants to collect DNA from detained immigrants

Nicola Narea | 
The Trump administration plans to vastly expand a program to collect DNA information from migrants in detention and enter it ...
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Gene drives and other ‘out-of-the-box approaches’ can eradicate malaria by 2050, scientists say

Sigal Samuel | 
“For too long, malaria eradication has been a distant dream, but now we have evidence that malaria can and should ...

‘Don’t try this at home’: New California law targets biohacking, do-it-yourself CRISPR

Sigal Samuel | 
California wants to make it clear that tinkering with your own genes is a “don’t try this at home” sort ...

Nootropics and the quest to improve our brains through ‘barely regulated’ dietary supplements

Kaitlyn Tiffany | 
It helped too that, as vague as the term “smart” is, “nootropics” is equally broad. It was coined by Romanian ...
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9 questions about biohacking and the quest to upgrade the human body

Sigal Samuel | 
As biohacking starts to appear more often in headlines, it’s worth getting clear on some of the fundamentals. Here are ...
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Viewpoint: Fake autism treatments driven by fear and ignorance

Sarah Kurchak | 
NBC News recently published an exposé on the dangerous and all-too-common practice of orally and anally administering bleach-based treatments to ...
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‘Third way’ agriculture: How technology, good judgement can save our food supply from climate change

Amanda Little, Sean Illing | 
Imagine waking up in a world that has become so hot and so crowded that most of what you eat ...
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Sperm counts are falling. Here are 5 ways to boost male fertility

Julia Belluz | 
The concentration of sperm in semen, also known as sperm count, has halved in the West since the 1970s. The ...
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How much did the Chinese government know about controversial CRISPR babies research?

Julia Belluz | 
When scientist He Jiankui announced he’d conducted an experiment that led to the birth of twin girls with CRISPR-edited genomes in November, ...

While Americans are ambivalent about plant-based ‘clean meat’ protein alternatives, Chinese and Indians are enthusiastic

Kelsey Piper | 
Would you eat a burger grown from animal cells rather than a whole cow? What about a plant-based burger, once ...
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DNA ancestry tests are not ‘crystal balls’—they’re approximations

Brian Resnick | 
Identical twins have virtually identical DNA. So you’d think if a set of twins both sent in a DNA sample ...

Fasting diets are soaring in popularity. Are they backed by science?

Julia Belluz | 
Over the past couple of decades, as dozens of diets and weight management schemes have come in and out of ...

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