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Can genetics explain the degrees of misery inflicted by the coronavirus?

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“The single biggest threat to man's continued dominance on the planet is the virus.” Joshua Lederberg, Nobel Prize in Physiology ...
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‘Designed to be slow’: Why these coronavirus vaccines in the pipeline won’t be ready this year

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New York City has become a curious mosaic of crowds and barrenness, people packed into hospitals and homes, yet familiar ...

‘Sophie’s Choice’ in the time of coronavirus: Deciding who gets the ventilator

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Three otherwise healthy patients go to the emergency department with severe acute respiratory failure. Only one ventilator, required to sustain ...
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In pursuit of coronavirus treatments and why we need to be cautious

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It's impossible to keep up with entries at that include the search term “COVID-19.” Last week when I posted Can ...
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Searching the world’s remedies for novel coronavirus treatments: Can Viagra, stem cells or Chinese herbs help?

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As the number of cases of COVID-19 continues to mount, so do entries at for potential treatments, reaching into ...
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Comparing the coronavirus pandemic to past pathogenic threats: HIV, anthrax and Ebola

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How does the COVID-19 pandemic compare to other infamous viral infections that have plagued us in modern times? It's a ...
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How the “F” word—flu—led to confusion as the coronavirus pandemic unfolded

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Thinking that a novel virus is like a familiar one is like assuming that a guinea pig is the same ...
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The risks of using gene drives to get rid of ‘pesky species’

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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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Will scientists ever get ahead of fast-mutating deadly health viruses? Exploring the coronavirus and the genetics of other viral outbreaks

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Even as our methods of detection and treatment improve, we will likely never be able to completely stay ahead of ...
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What’s your ‘ageotype’? Classification system explains why some of us are older—or younger—than we look

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Study shows that "it’s possible to change the way you age for the better." ...

Can DNA predict who might be a mass murderer?

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There have been repeated attempts over the past 50 years to find genetic links to criminal behavior or mass murderers ...

Viewpoint: Prohibiting treatment of transgender teens ignores reality of gender dysphoria

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New study delves into the genetics of individuals with gender dysphoria ...
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How fertile are you? ‘Ovarian reserve’ DTC tests that count your eggs offer mixture of control and misinformation

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Joining the reproductive fray are tests designed to assess fertility by counting the number of eggs left in a woman's ...
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Novels ‘All About Evie’ and ‘The Family Upstairs’ illustrate how DNA tests can reveal ‘dark secrets’, from rape to unknown siblings

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It was inevitable that fiction writers would begin weaving unexpected DNA test results into their narratives ...
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Will 2020 see the debut of promising gene therapy for hemophilia A? It’s up to the FDA.

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Hemophilia A gene therapy has been twenty years in the making ...
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‘CRISPR this, CRISPR that’: Is our fascination with the popular gene-editing tool distracting us from the potential of gene-silencing RNAi technology?

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I hope the public fascination with CRISPR can also embrace the other biotechnologies providing new therapeutic options ...
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Does the ‘genetics revolution’ unsettle you? Here is a guide, and reasons to be hopeful

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I'm thrilled that DNA science has become so much more tangible and practical. Yet we must use the information wisely ...
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When blood relatives hook up: Is ‘Genetic Sexual Attraction’ really a thing?

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I hope that academic sex researchers will ramp up investigation of genetic sexual attraction ...
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Viewpoint: Netflix’s new horror movie ‘Eli’ is a fright. But why did they have to ‘tarnish gene therapy’?

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Attempts to treat genetic disease shouldn’t be the stuff of horror films ...
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Ancestry tests underreport African genetic diversity, limiting benefits of precision medicine for blacks. Here’s how we can change that.

The newly-sequenced African genomes will help fill in the outlines of the origin and diversification of humanity ...

15 things to know about fecal transplants – here’s the straight poop

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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

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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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What sperm banks could learn from Fox’s ‘Almost Family’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ sequel ‘The Testaments’

It’s time for tighter regulation of assisted reproductive technologies ...

Did a ‘flawed’ bioterror plot doom Netflix’s ‘Designated Survivor’?

The bioterror plot succeeded, in tone if not in detail, by illuminating the idiocy of white supremacy ...
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Using young blood to battle Alzheimer’s could be ‘an exciting new start in a frustrating field’

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The idea of therapeutic benefits from 'young blood' has been around a long time ...
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No ‘gay gene’: Massive study finds no specific genetic predictors for sexual behavior, preferences

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The once-prevailing concept of a “gay gene” dictating sexual orientation has been put to rest in a powerhouse study ...
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