Viewpoint: What should we do when Artificial Intelligence crosses ethical lines?

Viewpoint: What should we do when Artificial Intelligence crosses ethical lines?

A few years ago, a number of A.I.-research organizations began to develop systems for addressing ethical impact, [including] the Association ...
20 years after the Human Genome Project: Efforts are underway to capture human genetic diversity and catalog missing DNA

20 years after the Human Genome Project: Efforts are underway to capture human genetic diversity and catalog missing DNA

The Human Genome Project — which built the blueprint, called the human reference genome — has changed the way medical ...
Behind the scenes of America’s troubled COVID vaccine rollout

Behind the scenes of America’s troubled COVID vaccine rollout

[W]hy is it taking so long to vaccinate Americans? The answer starts with tens of millions of Covid-19 vaccine doses ...
The Human Genome Project and the field of genetics have a diversity problem

The Human Genome Project and the field of genetics have a diversity problem

The Human Genome Project was an international, collaborative research program whose goal was the complete mapping and understanding of all ...
What CRISPR can do for the world

What CRISPR can do for the world

What might CRISPR do to the diversity of our species? If we are no longer subject to a natural lottery ...
How structural racism undermines independent science research and hurts racial and ethnic minorities

How structural racism undermines independent science research and hurts racial and ethnic minorities

It is critical to acknowledge the societal structures - the groundwater, as it is called in "The Groundwater Approach: Building ...
Viewpoint: Why assisted reproduction needs to be more comprehensively regulated

Viewpoint: Why assisted reproduction needs to be more comprehensively regulated

The United States fertility market is growing very rapidly, and is projected to reach $15.4 billion in 2023, more than ...
Evoking Jeff Goldblum’s ‘The Fly’: Does growing human ‘brains-in-a-dish’ and creating chimeras cross a bioethical line?

Evoking Jeff Goldblum’s ‘The Fly’: Does growing human ‘brains-in-a-dish’ and creating chimeras cross a bioethical line?

Bits of human brain growing in a lab dish can reveal a great deal about how a disease begins and ...
The potential downside of genetic health screenings

The potential downside of genetic health screenings

Doctors are increasingly testing people’s genes for signs of hereditary risks for cancer, said Dr. Allison Kurian, a medical oncologist ...
Did closing schools cost lives?

Did closing schools cost lives?

Killing people? Because of several months of Zoom school? How could that be?  Well, there is a well-documented association between ...
Mosquito massacre: Can we safely tackle malaria with a CRISPR gene drive?

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 ...
Viewpoint: It’s time to extend the limit on human embryo research from 14 to 28 days

Viewpoint: It’s time to extend the limit on human embryo research from 14 to 28 days

[The 14-day limit for human embryo research was originally] chosen because it’s only after this stage that the central nervous ...
Viewpoint: Wishful worries? Fears about the transhumanist, human-enhancement movement are overblown

Viewpoint: Wishful worries? Fears about the transhumanist, human-enhancement movement are overblown

[A] problem arises when pundits concerned about possible social and ethical downsides of a technology exaggerate its technical feasibility. This ...
Viewpoint: Why we need to require COVID vaccines in high-risk settings such as nursing homes and prisons

Viewpoint: Why we need to require COVID vaccines in high-risk settings such as nursing homes and prisons

In long-term care facilities, residents are usually very elderly, and many of them have medical conditions that put them at ...
Viewpoint: Female, younger, better-educated and affluent - How ‘alternative medicine’ has taken America by storm and endangered lives

Viewpoint: Female, younger, better-educated and affluent – How ‘alternative medicine’ has taken America by storm and endangered lives

I am a skeptic and a curmudgeon, so I was surprised when a friend of 30 years asked if she ...
‘Good first step’: Teachers union tepidly endorses CDC roadmap to open schools without requiring teacher vaccinations

‘Good first step’: Teachers union tepidly endorses CDC roadmap to open schools without requiring teacher vaccinations

Calling the CDC’s proposals [to reopen US schools] “an informed, tactile plan,” [American Federation of Teachers president Randi] Weingarten said ...
Acid redux: Here’s how psychedelics are shaping the next generation of antidepressants

Acid redux: Here’s how psychedelics are shaping the next generation of antidepressants

As of 2018, nearly one in eight Americans use antidepressants. Unfortunately, more than a third of patients are resistant to ...
Beer that combats cancer? Czech scientists have developed gene edited therapeutic hops but EU biotech restrictions block rollout

Beer that combats cancer? Czech scientists have developed gene edited therapeutic hops but EU biotech restrictions block rollout

Czech researchers from the Biological Center of the Czech Academy of Sciences in České Budějovice are modifying select genes in ...
Viewpoint: In the ‘brave new world’ of AI transhumanism, not everyone will benefit

Viewpoint: In the ‘brave new world’ of AI transhumanism, not everyone will benefit

The transhumanist agenda is a runaway freight train, barely mentioned in the mainstream media, but threatening to run over us ...
CRISPR cracks open the door to a future of human mutants. Worried?

CRISPR cracks open the door to a future of human mutants. Worried?

Surreal artwork in the hotel lobby—a gorilla peeking out of a peeled orange, smoking a cigarette; an astronaut riding a ...
Monoclonal antibodies can keep the COVID infected out of the hospital. Why are hospitals not using them?

Monoclonal antibodies can keep the COVID infected out of the hospital. Why are hospitals not using them?

Monoclonal antibodies — described as “unbelievable” by President Trump, who received the treatment this fall — are designed for patients newly diagnosed with ...
‘Hybrid humanity’: How biotech, robotics and artificial intelligence are changing the ethics of what it means to be ‘human’

‘Hybrid humanity’: How biotech, robotics and artificial intelligence are changing the ethics of what it means to be ‘human’

New applications of biotech, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) mean that our hybrid humanity is about to expand exponentially in ...
'Early warning flags': COVID vaccination data show that hardest hit communities are less likely to get shots

‘Early warning flags’: COVID vaccination data show that hardest hit communities are less likely to get shots

As vaccine distribution continues, ensuring racial equity will be important for mitigating the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on people of ...
Genetic genealogy leader 23andMe going public. What will that mean for your data?

Genetic genealogy leader 23andMe going public. What will that mean for your data?

California-based 23andMe will merge with Virgin Group’s VG Acquisition Corp and raise a further $250 million from new investors, [British ...
Rural America is a hotbed of anti-COVID vaccine sentiment

Rural America is a hotbed of anti-COVID vaccine sentiment

There are many factors that are associated with an individual’s willingness to get the coronavirus vaccine including their age, level ...
Russia aims to beat the West in so-far successful effort to rollout an effective COVID vaccine

Russia aims to beat the West in so-far successful effort to rollout an effective COVID vaccine

At the time of Sputnik V’s approval, Moderna and Pfizer were months away from announcing the results of their Phase ...
Viewpoint on sex and gender: Has the New England Journal abandoned science for woke political correctness?

Viewpoint on sex and gender: Has the New England Journal abandoned science for woke political correctness?

Two years ago, “Titania McGrath,” whose satirical Twitter account regularly skewers the ideological excesses of social-justice culture, suggested that “we should remove biological ...
Psychedelics are revolutionizing psychiatry. Here's what we can expect

Psychedelics are revolutionizing psychiatry. Here’s what we can expect

Once dismissed as the dangerous dalliances of the counterculture, [psychedelic drugs] are gaining mainstream acceptance. Several states and cities in ...
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