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Anti-viral drugs might be safer, more effective, and easier to develop than COVID-19 vaccines

Clinicaltrials.gov, the most commonly used registry for worldwide medical research, listed 1358 clinical trials on the [COVID-19], including using scores ...
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‘The technology is already here’: Implants could eliminate regular health checkups

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

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

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

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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10-minute cancer test? Researcher explains breakthrough discovery

Matt Trau, a professor of chemistry at the University of Queensland, stunned the science world back in December [2018] when ...
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Viewpoint: We aren’t prepared to ‘responsibly’ handle a genetic engineered future

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’

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

[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

There are lots of great reasons we humans have sex. We mostly do it to pair bond, realize our primal ...
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Why probiotics could actually be bad for you

Millions of Americans take probiotics—live bacteria deemed useful—assuming there can be only positive effects. The truth is that you really ...
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Scientific fraud and why it’s not just a problem with ‘a few bad apples’

Last week, the whistleblowers in the Paolo Macchiarini affair at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet went on the record here to detail ...
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3 neural implants that could change our lives

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

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’

This past March, headlines suddenly flooded the Internet about a startup company called Nectome. Founded by two graduates of the ...
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5 key things we should know about the gut microbiome

Here are five of the most important questions that lie ahead for microbiome science. 1) What makes a gut microbiome ...
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Understanding the difference between eugenics and genetic tests that predict intelligence

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

[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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How the genetics revolution is upending our concept of disease—and how that could improve healthcare

What is a disease? This seemingly abstract and theoretical question is actually among the most practical questions in all of ...