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Reports of COVID reinfection are becoming more common. How does that impact immunity?

[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

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

[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

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

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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CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna on why we need human gene-editing regulations

In this episode of Reset, host Arielle Duhaime-Ross talks with Jennifer Doudna about the promise and peril in CRISPR’s future, what’s ...
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Conspiracy theorists suggest the coronavirus was engineered in a Chinese lab. The scientific consensus disagrees.

[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’?

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

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

Just three weeks ago, China announced the outbreak of a mysterious new virus in the city of Wuhan involving a ...
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Rise of perfectionism and its toll on our mental health

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’

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

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

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

“For too long, malaria eradication has been a distant dream, but now we have evidence that malaria can and should ...
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‘Don’t try this at home’: New California law targets biohacking, do-it-yourself CRISPR

California wants to make it clear that tinkering with your own genes is a “don’t try this at home” sort ...
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Nootropics and the quest to improve our brains through ‘barely regulated’ dietary supplements

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

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

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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Sperm counts are falling. Here are 5 ways to boost male fertility

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?

When scientist He Jiankui announced he’d conducted an experiment that led to the birth of twin girls with CRISPR-edited genomes in November, ...
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DNA ancestry tests are not ‘crystal balls’—they’re approximations

Identical twins have virtually identical DNA. So you’d think if a set of twins both sent in a DNA sample ...
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Fasting diets are soaring in popularity. Are they backed by science?

Over the past couple of decades, as dozens of diets and weight management schemes have come in and out of ...
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Will we see illegal CRISPR IVF clinics in the US? Experts weigh in

The possibility of “CRISPR babies” became real [November 25], when a Chinese scientist stunned the world by announcing he’d used the gene-editing ...
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Viewpoint: What ‘New Atheists’ get wrong about science and religion

New Atheism is a literary movement that sprung up in 2004, led by prominent authors like Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, ...
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Reading genes: How much of your future do they reveal?

The journal Nature Genetics recently published an enormous study demonstrating yet again how multiple sites on the genome can play a role ...
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What is CRISPR? And why should you care?

If you haven’t heard of CRISPR yet, the short explanation goes like this: In the past six years, scientists have ...
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Video: How gene drives could use ‘selfish’ genes to eradicate malaria

The invention of the CRISPR gene editing tool has injected new life into a line of research called gene drive ...