Infographic: Autoimmune diseases — 76 identified so far — tend to target women over men. Here is a master list

Infographic: Autoimmune diseases — 76 identified so far — tend to target women over men. Here is a master list

Jen Christiansen, Maddie Bender, Miriam Quick | 
There are many autoimmune diseases, and taken together they affect as much as 4.5 percent of the world’s population. This ...
There are still no approved and effective therapies for thousands of ‘long haul’ COVID patients

There are still no approved and effective therapies for thousands of ‘long haul’ COVID patients

Melba Newsome | 
[A] study, published in February in the journal JAMA Network Open by researchers at the University of Washington, suggests that around ...
Automaticity: Why the health benefits of mindfulness are limited and why mindlessness is sometimes better

Automaticity: Why the health benefits of mindfulness are limited and why mindlessness is sometimes better

Alexander Burgoyne, David Hambrick | 
Although mindfulness has its merits, psychological research has also revealed that in some circumstances it’s important to be mindless. That ...
Solving the problem of death: 150 seems to be an outer age limit, and here’s why

Solving the problem of death: 150 seems to be an outer age limit, and here’s why

Emily Willingham | 
In Silicon Valley, immortality is sometimes elevated to the status of a corporeal goal. Plenty of big names in big ...
The scientific rationale for agnosticism

The scientific rationale for agnosticism

John Horgan | 
There is such a thing as being too picky, especially when it comes to things like work, love and nourishment ...
Brain Computer Interface: How BCI implants can transform thoughts into spoken words

Brain Computer Interface: How BCI implants can transform thoughts into spoken words

Emily Willingham | 
More than 15 years ago, a man who was only 20 years old had a massive stroke when a major ...
‘Eyes are a window to the brain?’ Pupil size emerges as a marker of intelligence

‘Eyes are a window to the brain?’ Pupil size emerges as a marker of intelligence

Our pupils respond to more than just the light. They indicate arousal, interest or mental exhaustion. Pupil dilation is even ...
Fact check: Breakthrough infections from Delta or other COVID variants does not mean vaccines don’t work

Fact check: Breakthrough infections from Delta or other COVID variants does not mean vaccines don’t work

Emily Willingham | 
Endless news cycles and viral social media warn of “breakthrough infections” in people already vaccinated for COVID-19. These reports leave ...
Synthetic biology in space: Mushrooms could be used to build extraterrestrial habitats

Synthetic biology in space: Mushrooms could be used to build extraterrestrial habitats

Nick Hilden, Paul Stamets | 
In a new “astromycological” venture launched in conjunction with NASA, [Paul] Stamets and various research teams are studying how fungi ...
Preventing the next virus outbreak: Making vaccine development and production a global mission

Preventing the next virus outbreak: Making vaccine development and production a global mission

Seth Berkley | 
How do we prevent a pandemic like this from happening again?  ... [We need] the ability to rapidly develop and ...
Separating hype from reality in the coming era of gene-enhanced ‘designer babies’

Separating hype from reality in the coming era of gene-enhanced ‘designer babies’

Laura Hercher | 
[W]hat new iteration of genetic testing could tempt healthy, fertile couples to reject our traditional time-tested and wildly popular process ...
The world of ‘designer DNA’ meets the challenge of intractable genetic disorders. Here’s how that story may play out

The world of ‘designer DNA’ meets the challenge of intractable genetic disorders. Here’s how that story may play out

Carolyn Barber | 
[T]he cutting-edge world of innovative genomic therapies is once again in the midst of explosive change—and designer DNA lies at ...
Video: Curious about the full implications of the CRISPR gene editing revolution? Here’s a primer

Video: Curious about the full implications of the CRISPR gene editing revolution? Here’s a primer

Andrea Gawrylewski, Michael Tabb | 
With CRISPR, a group of enzymes recognize certain repeats, and break the DNA there to insert important information in the ...
Viewpoint: Anti-biotechnology activists harshly criticize Gates Foundation funding of African agricultural initiatives

Viewpoint: Anti-biotechnology activists harshly criticize Gates Foundation funding of African agricultural initiatives

Bridget Mugambe, Million Belay | 
Africans have long been told that our agriculture is backward and should be abandoned for a 21st-century version of the ...
Why humans evolved to be the thirstiest of all mammals

Why humans evolved to be the thirstiest of all mammals

Asher Rosinger | 
To understand how water has influenced the course of human evolution, we need to page back to a pivotal chapter ...
Viewpoint: Concerned about biodiversity but wary of biotechnology innovation to achieve it? Your fears are misplaced

Viewpoint: Concerned about biodiversity but wary of biotechnology innovation to achieve it? Your fears are misplaced

Paul Robbins, Ryan Phelan | 
Some individuals worry about the unintended consequences of intervening with nature, including the use of genetic technology as well as ...
Meet the early twentieth century doctor who changed his gender and saved the lives of countless patients

Meet the early twentieth century doctor who changed his gender and saved the lives of countless patients

Leo DeLuca | 
When [physician Allan Hart, born Alberta] Lucille Hart grew old enough to learn about her father’s death, she would comfort ...
What do infectious disease experts say about the Wuhan lab leak COVID origins hypothesis?

What do infectious disease experts say about the Wuhan lab leak COVID origins hypothesis?

Amy Maxmen, Smriti Mallapaty | 
So what do infectious disease researchers and evolutionary biologists say about [arguments for the Wuhan lab leak COVID hypothesis?]  Is ...
Decades-past DDT exposure shown to ‘haunt’ our bodies for three generations or more

Decades-past DDT exposure shown to ‘haunt’ our bodies for three generations or more

Carrie Arnold | 
Friends and family often ask Barbara Cohn, an epidemiologist at Oakland's Public Health Institute, why she studies the effects of ...
Our DNA can store a staggering amount of information in an almost inconceivably small volume

Our DNA can store a staggering amount of information in an almost inconceivably small volume

The prevailing long-term cold-storage method, which dates from the 1950s, writes data to pizza-sized reels of magnetic tape. By comparison, ...
Viewpoint: ‘A toxic soup of insecticides, herbicides and fungicides is wreaking havoc’ on soil in farms around the world

Viewpoint: ‘A toxic soup of insecticides, herbicides and fungicides is wreaking havoc’ on soil in farms around the world

Nathan Donley, Tari Gunstone | 
Like citizens of an underground city that never sleeps, tens of thousands of subterranean species of invertebrates, nematodes, bacteria and ...
COVID side-effect: Many of us are more interested in brand names of companies that make our medications. Here's why that could be a good development

COVID side-effect: Many of us are more interested in brand names of companies that make our medications. Here’s why that could be a good development

Mark Westall | 
In a new survey, my company, M Booth Health, found that a seismic shift has already begun. People are changing ...
COVID is outsmarting our immune systems — and it’s rendering essential monoclonal antibody treatments less effective

COVID is outsmarting our immune systems — and it’s rendering essential monoclonal antibody treatments less effective

Carlos del Rio | 
The use of monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of COVID gained national and international attention last October, when President Trump ...
Do people with artificial limbs come to see their prostheses as a natural part of the body — or just a tool?

Do people with artificial limbs come to see their prostheses as a natural part of the body — or just a tool?

Gary Stix | 
[How do] humans’ wealth of sensory inputs—including the touch and visual perception involved in manipulating a tool—modify the sense of ...
Is the clock ticking for the human race?

Is the clock ticking for the human race?

Avi Loeb | 
At a recent lecture to Harvard alumni I was asked how long I expect our technological civilization to survive. My ...
Were self awareness and the ability to plan what set us apart from Neanderthals?

Were self awareness and the ability to plan what set us apart from Neanderthals?

Emily Willingham | 
We bear a trace of Neandertal legacy in our genome, a bequest from ancestral interbreeding. But some experts argue that, ...
Are trees social beings? They exchange nutrients, help one another, and communicate about pests and other environmental threats

Are trees social beings? They exchange nutrients, help one another, and communicate about pests and other environmental threats

Richard Schiffman | 
Previous ecologists had focused on what happens aboveground, but [Suzanne] Simard used radioactive isotopes of carbon to trace how trees ...
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