xw hhrcaxr aesd z qnhu

Video: Can drugs be made for viruses that do not exist yet?

[N]ovel coronaviruses seem to be making successful jumps to humans very roughly once per decade — and there’s no reason to think they’ll ...
screenshot organizations take precautions in the midst of coronavirus pandemic

Viewpoint: Here’s what a win against the coronavirus looks like. It’s not pretty

If you’ve been marking the pandemic by the pileup of cautious reopenings and rescheduled events, you might think that an ...
pest library bats

Searching for ‘animal zero’ and the origins of the coronavirus outbreak

The COVID-19 pandemic that’s currently ravaging the world started with a simple virus in an animal. Viruses like this, which ...
unnamed file

Pandemic path: Tracking the spread of the coronavirus through its genetic mutations

As the coronavirus spreads around the globe, it has mutated in tiny, subtle ways. Those mutations aren’t cause for concern, ...
red blue cyber computer fr

Inoculating yourself against coronavirus conspiracy theories

To understand why there’s so much misinformation out there — for example, that the virus was purposely created in a ...
merlin d f ab b e ef f d a e superjumbo

How long are you infectious? COVID-19 patients struggle to find an answer

Reyhan Harmanci is feeling better. After cycling through an illness she thinks was COVID-19, with headache, fever, and nausea, her ...
alex jones sf

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones ordered to stop hawking bogus coronavirus cures

New York attorney general Letitia James has ordered radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to stop claiming that InfoWars’ ...
img processed

Video: Why labs are printing synthetic copies of the coronavirus genome

Advancements in genetic technology are making it easier, faster, and less expensive for public health experts to understand how the ...
jpg

Why consumers are losing interest in genetic testing

At-home DNA testing companies 23andMe and Ancestry each laid off about 100 employees over the past month, cutting around 14 and 6 percent of ...
mammogram breast cancer x ray exlarge

There’s a potential threat from cancer-spotting AI: overdiagnosis

These days, it might seem like algorithms are out-diagnosing doctors at every turn, identifying dangerous lesions and dodgy moles with ...
4-28-2019 k om npd cxbawng ozcpnjm

Video: Even if you’ve never taken a DNA test ‘your genetic privacy might already be compromised’

The rise of direct-to-consumer DNA tests comes with a host of thorny problems, including how to interpret the data and major questions about genetic privacy ...
stress middle age

Why it’s probably not the stress that’s shrinking your brain

A new study shows that people with higher levels of the “stress hormone” tend to have smaller brains — but ...
deep

Deep learning: When artificial and human intelligence come together

[Computational neuroscientist Terrence] Sejnowski, a pioneer in the study of learning algorithms, is the author of The Deep Learning Revolution (out next ...
gene therapy womb

Are we close to gene therapy in the womb?

[Recently] scientists reported that they were able to treat a serious genetic disorder in the womb — in mice. It sounds like ...
AI

Delving into the real danger of artificial intelligence

CEOs of artificial intelligence companies usually seek to minimize the threats posed by AI, rather than play them up. But ...
cyber hacker

Why would hackers want your DNA?

DNA testing service MyHeritage [recently] revealed that hackers had breached 92 million of its accounts. Though the hackers only accessed encrypted ...
blog think small

Viewpoint: Doctors need better training if DNA sequencing becomes standard care

[Recently] the CEO of Pennsylvania health care provider Geisinger announced that its doctors will now offer patients DNA sequencing “as part of ...
crispr

Can CRISPR tell what ails you? ‘Affordable’ at-home kits may be on the way

A new biotech company co-founded by CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna is developing a device that uses CRISPR to detect all kinds of ...
dopamine

Tearing down the ‘myth’ of dopamine as the ‘pleasure chemical’

Dopamine is one of the most hyped brain chemicals, supposedly linked to everything from sex to gambling. It’s common to read, as Business Insider claimed ...