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Infographic: 5 different ways COVID vaccines work

COVID vaccine hesitancy is on the rise, perhaps in the wake of pressure to speed approval beyond scientific reason. But I think ...
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‘Challenge studies’: Should we be testing COVID vaccines by intentionally infecting volunteers?

To those who’ve never thought about volunteering to be intentionally infected to test a vaccine, the idea may at first ...
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The Three Stooges illustrate why coronavirus-fighting ‘antibody cocktails’ could help contain the virus well before a vaccine

“You imbecile!” bellowed Moe Howard as he stuck a finger up the nose of Curly. Moe the bully would often ...
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Defying conventional wisdom: How did these Italian sisters live past 100?

Recently in my endless email about COVID-19 popped up a new paper analyzing the health of two Italian sisters who ...
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The risks of using gene drives to get rid of ‘pesky species’

Using gene drives to eradicate pests has a potential downside—DNA is constantly changing. That means gene drives have the potential ...
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Viewpoint: Prohibiting treatment of transgender teens ignores reality of gender dysphoria

New study delves into the genetics of individuals with gender dysphoria ...
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Can DNA predict a person’s facial features? New forensic tool gets us closer, by deducing hair, eye and skin color

Could DNA testing predict faces to go with found body parts? ...
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15 things to know about fecal transplants – here’s the straight poop

Fecal transplants carry a certain ick factor for many people. But there is a legitimate medical use for them -- ...
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Hemophilia B—the blood disease that plagued Europe’s royal families—might be treatable using gene editing

Researchers are hoping to use gene editing to create more effective and less expensive treatment options--compared to gene therapy--for people ...
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Pharmacogenetics and depression: Genetic screening could eliminate trial-and-error approach to medications

Antidepressants may soon be added to the growing list of medications genetically matched to patients most likely to respond — ...
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DNA for the greater good: Should the police have access to consumer DNA databases?

There is an urgent need for international guidelines and policies ...
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How this promising gene therapy for a rare neuromuscular disease was fueled by passionate parents and a dog

The gene therapy will be too late for Joshua Frase. But it will be his legacy ...
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‘The broken promise of anonymity’? Bioethicist’s call to guard identity of sperm and egg donors is misguided

Dr. Pennings’ opinion fails to capture the complexity of donation ...
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How Freddie Mercury got his voice: It wasn’t his teeth

Was Freddie Mercury's magnificent voice aided by a genetic defect? ...
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Key to fecal transplants could revolve around ‘recipe and preparation’

Fecal transplants are slowly becoming a more effective, and more palatable option for various gut disorders, such as IBS or ...
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Why a proposed DNA data protection plan is a great idea that may be too late to help

Legal experts, biologists and policy analysists are calling for DNA data regulation, but the cat is already out of the ...
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Finding echoes of cancer journey in Netflix’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

The 'choose your own path' nature of Bandersnatch echoes a journey with breast cancer ...
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Genetics pioneer James Watson stripped of final honorary titles over race views

It's the latest chapter of the dark side of Dr. Watson ...
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Hiding in plain sight: Exploring Parkinson’s link to the appendix

Lurking in the layers of the human appendix lie deposits of alpha-synuclein, a protein prone to gumminess, like sticky rice ...
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Genes and giraffes: What do those spots tell us?

Giraffes' spotty exterior provides more than camouflage ...
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Not-so-mad scientists and why they’re making human body parts

Halloween brings a cornucopia of candy body parts, so it’s a good time to review recent advances in organoid technology ...
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Why we may need a ‘Noah’s Ark’ of microbes to protect our health in the future

Preserving human microbiomes today, especially the more diverse ones from traditional peoples in developing nations, may provide treatments for diseases ...
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Mosquito massacre: Can we safely tackle malaria with a CRISPR gene drive?

CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing quickly decimated two caged populations of malaria-bearing mosquitoes (Anopheles gambiae) in a recent study, introducing a new ...
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‘Voluntary euthanasia’: Are we ready to harvest organs while donors are still alive?

In the dystopian society of Nobel prizewinner Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, cloned people are raised to provide organs for ...
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Food myth busting: Is tilapia a toxic ‘frankenfish’?

Posts were appearing on my Facebook feed warning against the dangers of eating tilapia. So I decided to do a ...
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Gene silencing through RNA interference scores first drug approval

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first drug based on RNA interference (RNAi). Unlike media darlings gene therapy ...
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Were there two migration routes into North America? Genetics meets archaeology

Popular accounts of the peopling of North America paint a picture of a lone long-ago trek across the Bering Land ...
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DNA testing to reunite separated families—what we learned from the grandmothers of Argentina

The idea to use DNA testing to reunite families separated at US borders due to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” ...
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