‘Regulatory Wild West': The US fertility industry is often derisively characterized. Here’s why — and what should be done

‘Regulatory Wild West’: The US fertility industry is often derisively characterized. Here’s why — and what should be done

Dena Sharp, Naomi Cahn | 
When embryologist Joseph Conaghan arrived at work at San Francisco’s Pacific Fertility Center on March 4, 2018, nothing seemed awry. He ...
‘Politics of natural immunity vs vaccines’: British Medical Journal reports US stands alone in ‘not counting’ immunity impact of people who have had COVID in recommendations

‘Politics of natural immunity vs vaccines’: British Medical Journal reports US stands alone in ‘not counting’ immunity impact of people who have had COVID in recommendations

Jennifer Block | 
When the vaccine rollout began in mid-December 2020, more than one quarter of Americans—91 million—had been infected with SARS-CoV-2, according ...
Viewpoint: ‘Mammoth debacle’ — The not-so-encouraging backstory to George Church’s $15 million start-up hoping to resurrect the extinct wooly mammoth

Viewpoint: ‘Mammoth debacle’ — The not-so-encouraging backstory to George Church’s $15 million start-up hoping to resurrect the extinct wooly mammoth

Jerry Coyne | 
[A] team of scientists and entrepreneurs has formed a company called Colossal that aims to “bring back the woolly mammoth.” ...
Global travel with Delta spreading? Here how experts recommend staying safe

Global travel with Delta spreading? Here how experts recommend staying safe

Jordi Lippe-McGraw | 
Although vaccinated individuals can catch and spread the delta variant, the vaccine is extremely effective (around 95%, according to Dr ...
GLP Podcast: End climate 'alarmism'; FDA vs kratom; Is 'GMO' ice cream dangerous? Nope

GLP Podcast: End climate ‘alarmism’; FDA vs kratom; Is ‘GMO’ ice cream dangerous? Nope

Cameron English, Kevin Folta | 
Human-caused climate is occurring, but the science community may be amplifying the public's skepticism with failed "alarmist" predictions. Is kratom ...
Infographic: Growing human embryos — How long should researchers watch human development play out in a dish?

Infographic: Growing human embryos — How long should researchers watch human development play out in a dish?

Kendall Powell | 
In May, the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) released new guidelines that relaxed the 14-day rule, taking away ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Digital version of snake-oil salesmen’ — Vaccine hesitant ‘Frontline Doctors’ group charging up to $700 for inexpensive ivermectin treatments

Vera Bergengruen | 
Over the past three months, a TIME investigation found, hundreds of AFLD [America’s Frontline Doctors] customers and donors have accused ...
COVID vaccine and mask guidance confusion? Why we should cut the CDC some slack — It’s the norm when dealing with fast-evolving disease crises

COVID vaccine and mask guidance confusion? Why we should cut the CDC some slack — It’s the norm when dealing with fast-evolving disease crises

Henry Miller | 
There is continuing confusion, and even consternation, over what seem to be disparate policies, recommendations and mandates emerging in response ...
Some fully-vaccinated people are seeking out booster shots — and the CDC is exploring potential side effects

Some fully-vaccinated people are seeking out booster shots — and the CDC is exploring potential side effects

Kayla Rivas | 
People seeking a COVID-19 booster vaccine dose in hopes of greater protection are doing so as the evidence relating to ...
Infographic: Does glyphosate (aka RoundUp) cause cancer? 18 of 19 global regulatory and chemical oversight agencies say 'no' while one presents equivocal data

Infographic: Does glyphosate (aka RoundUp) cause cancer? 18 of 19 global regulatory and chemical oversight agencies say ‘no’ while one presents equivocal data

Genetic Literacy Project | 
Glyphosate weedkiller, once marketed exclusively under the name RoundUp by its originator Monsanto, is the world's most popular herbicide, used ...
‘Vaccine refusal has always been a place where left meets right’: Deconstructing the politics of the pandemic vaccine response

‘Vaccine refusal has always been a place where left meets right’: Deconstructing the politics of the pandemic vaccine response

Kaleigh Rogers | 
The modern anti-vaccination movement in America has often been associated with a stereotype of left-wing, coastal, white, wealthy moms — ...
Part II: Viewpoint — Questioning ‘race equity ideology’ is a career-ender in modern medicine

Part II: Viewpoint — Questioning ‘race equity ideology’ is a career-ender in modern medicine

John Murawski | 
The national movement to eradicate what activists call systemic racism and white privilege from medicine and health care has few ...
Should we aim for harm reduction or absolute safety? Herbal supplement Kratom puts FDA risk calibration to the test

Should we aim for harm reduction or absolute safety? Herbal supplement Kratom puts FDA risk calibration to the test

Maia Szalavitz | 
[T]he issue of whether or not to ban kratom is an excellent litmus test of whether the Biden administration will ...
Viewpoint: Ivermectin dewormer folly — How the right fell in love with the latest bogus COVID cure

Viewpoint: Ivermectin dewormer folly — How the right fell in love with the latest bogus COVID cure

Aaron Blake | 
For much of the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump and his allies pushed an unproven drug, ...
‘Window rapidly closing for scientists to evaluate COVID-19 origins’, says international Wuhan investigation team

‘Window rapidly closing for scientists to evaluate COVID-19 origins’, says international Wuhan investigation team

Marion Koopmans, Peter Daszak, Vladimir Dedkov | 
The search for the origins of SARS-CoV-2 is at a critical juncture. There is willingness to move forward from both ...
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Viewpoint: ‘The fetus is 1/25th of an inch’ — Texas abortion ban bungles the science on when human life begins, contends biologist and professor

Ricki Lewis | 
Now that early abortion is essentially banned and criminalized in Texas, with other states soon to debate similar legislation, it's ...
Vaccine mandate war: Is it unethical for health workers to forgo COVID shots?

Vaccine mandate war: Is it unethical for health workers to forgo COVID shots?

Beth Mole | 
On [July 13], seven health organizations—including the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the Association for Professionals in Epidemiology and ...
‘Two Americas’: How politics will shape our emergence from the pandemic

‘Two Americas’: How politics will shape our emergence from the pandemic

Sarah Zhang | 
Newton, [Massachusetts] is an outlier even among outliers: More than 95 percent of people older than 30 have gotten at ...
$25 or less: As students head back to college, officials anticipate surge in fake COVID-19 vaccination cards

$25 or less: As students head back to college, officials anticipate surge in fake COVID-19 vaccination cards

Roselyn Romero | 
As the delta variant of the coronavirus sweeps across the United States, a growing number of colleges and universities are ...
CRISPR opens the door to altering nature. What could go right — and wrong?

CRISPR opens the door to altering nature. What could go right — and wrong?

Hayley Bennett | 
Gene editing today usually means making precise changes using CRISPR, a bacterial DNA-cutting system adopted by scientists. It works within ...
Viewpoint: Republicans rally around Big Government controls, push top down, federal and statewide bans of local student vaccine and mask mandates

Viewpoint: Republicans rally around Big Government controls, push top down, federal and statewide bans of local student vaccine and mask mandates

Jonathan Chait | 
Seven Republican-led states have banned schools from requiring masks in the classroom. Ted Cruz and fellow Republican senator Kevin Cramer ...
Analysis: From horse dewormer to darling of the desperate — Here's how the ivermectin disinformation train got rolling

Analysis: From horse dewormer to darling of the desperate — Here’s how the ivermectin disinformation train got rolling

Andrea DenHoed | 
[Editor's note: There has been a growing in the medical community about the surge in interest and use of the ...
Will you come to regret not getting your child vaccinated? Ben Franklin did — his son died of smallpox

Will you come to regret not getting your child vaccinated? Ben Franklin did — his son died of smallpox

Gillian Brockell | 
Five weeks had passed since the death of Benjamin Franklin’s son, and rumors were swirling. Four-year-old Francis “Franky” Franklin had ...
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Israel’s early COVID vaccine rollout went 1100% better than in the United States. What did they do differently?

Chuck Dinerstein | 
[As of January 8, we had only] vaccinated 1.38% of our population [in the United States, while Israel had] vaccinated ...
Vaccine mandates in schools are nothing new — they trace back to the 1800s

Vaccine mandates in schools are nothing new — they trace back to the 1800s

Ashley Welch | 
Several states, including Florida, Alabama, Arizona, Indiana, Montana, Ohio, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Utah have already enacted legislation to ban public ...
Part I: Viewpoint — Does American medicine perpetuate a ‘racist caste system’? Critical Race Theory enters mainstream health

Part I: Viewpoint — Does American medicine perpetuate a ‘racist caste system’? Critical Race Theory enters mainstream health

John Murawski | 
Medical schools are adding units on critical race theory, intersectionality, implicit bias, identity, oppression, allyship, power and privilege to their curricula. Medical students are ...
Should ‘male’ and ‘female’ be removed from birth certificates? AMA advisory committee says ‘yes’

Should ‘male’ and ‘female’ be removed from birth certificates? AMA advisory committee says ‘yes’

Anne Branigin | 
For many Americans, birth certificates aren’t just an important identity marker, they are an entry point into many parts of ...
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