6 eyewitnesses identified a Texas man as a murderer. It took forensic DNA to prove they were wrong — sparking conversation on how to prevent ‘lineup bias’

6 eyewitnesses identified a Texas man as a murderer. It took forensic DNA to prove they were wrong — sparking conversation on how to prevent ‘lineup bias’

On the strength of six eyewitnesses’ lineup identifications, Lydell Grant was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for the murder ...
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GLP Podcast: Hollywood’s vaccine-autism nonsense; COVID lab-leak story won’t die; Africa ignores Greenpeace on pesticides

Many Hollywood celebrities have endorsed the bogus link between vaccines to autism. Looking back, it appears their influence has been ...
Viewpoint: Zantac BS—Sanofi’s marketing sleight-of-hand in ‘reformulating’ its Zantac acid-reducer deceives consumers

Viewpoint: Zantac BS—Sanofi’s marketing sleight-of-hand in ‘reformulating’ its Zantac acid-reducer deceives consumers

Back in 2019, I wrote about some of the tricks that drug companies use to hang onto brand name sales ...
Anti-biotechnology critics say the Genetic Literacy Project is a Monsanto-funded ‘corporate front’. It’s not true. Here is the documentation — and a review of the critics behind the disinformation

Anti-biotechnology critics say the Genetic Literacy Project is a Monsanto-funded ‘corporate front’. It’s not true. Here is the documentation — and a review of the critics behind the disinformation

Activist groups opposed to agricultural biotechnology (GMOs and gene edited crops and animals) repeatedly claim that the Genetic Literacy Project ...
X-ray vision to peer into the rubble of collapsed buildings or check for booby traps? The science of the future is now

X-ray vision to peer into the rubble of collapsed buildings or check for booby traps? The science of the future is now

Within seconds after reaching a city, earthquakes can cause immense destruction: Houses crumble, high-rises turn to rubble, people and animals ...
Viewpoint: 'Magic promised by genetically pruning ‘defective’ embryos has fairy-dusted the eyes of even the most intelligent’ — Maybe it’s time to hit the pause button

Viewpoint: ‘Magic promised by genetically pruning ‘defective’ embryos has fairy-dusted the eyes of even the most intelligent’ — Maybe it’s time to hit the pause button

Advances in genetics have been revolutionized in the last few years. First came CRISPR, which can edit single genes, possibly ...
Organ transplantation: Challenging ethical questions on race, economics, and the meaning of life

Organ transplantation: Challenging ethical questions on race, economics, and the meaning of life

At an international conference on kidney transplantation in 1963, a disagreement broke out about exactly when a patient should be considered ...
Which provides better long-term protection against coronavirus reinfection: An actual infection or a vaccine?

Which provides better long-term protection against coronavirus reinfection: An actual infection or a vaccine?

Two recent studies have confirmed that people previously infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can be reinfected with ...
Live to 150? That’s what some AI algorithms claim is possible. What does the science say?

Live to 150? That’s what some AI algorithms claim is possible. What does the science say?

We’re obsessed with aging. In the quest to prolong life while remaining healthy, people have tried everything from turtle soup ...
Viewpoint: Why the Wuhan lab escape theory explaining the origin of the global pandemic isn’t going away anytime soon

Viewpoint: Why the Wuhan lab escape theory explaining the origin of the global pandemic isn’t going away anytime soon

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives the world over for more than a year. Its death toll will soon reach ...
Viewpoint: Suspending COVID vaccine patents will not solve the supply problem or hasten the end of the pandemic

Viewpoint: Suspending COVID vaccine patents will not solve the supply problem or hasten the end of the pandemic

In a recent Washington Post column, Fareed Zakaria wrote: The United States is entering a post-pandemic era. This is happening primarily ...
Podcast: Bad science in the headlines—Epidemiologist Geoffrey Kabat explains how to spot flawed research on Google News

Podcast: Bad science in the headlines—Epidemiologist Geoffrey Kabat explains how to spot flawed research on Google News

A just-published study found that consuming two or more sugar-sweetened beverages in a day is linked to a doubling of ...
Genomic Cold War? More nations joining the US in using biotechnology to enhance military capabilities

Genomic Cold War? More nations joining the US in using biotechnology to enhance military capabilities

The UK government recently announced an £800 million, taxpayer-funded Advanced Research and Invention Agency (Aria). The brainchild of the British ...
Incurable Huntington’s disease? microRNA offers hope in the wake of failed clinical trials

Incurable Huntington’s disease? microRNA offers hope in the wake of failed clinical trials

A recent DNA Science post considered the ebb and flow of treatment possibilities for Alzheimer’s disease. This week, it’s Huntington’s disease. Like ...
Viewpoint: 'Make America Safe Again'—Conservative calls for fellow rightists to get vaccinated

Viewpoint: ‘Make America Safe Again’—Conservative calls for fellow rightists to get vaccinated

As a conservative, I praised most of President Trump’s efforts to “Make America great again,” including the financial incentive to ...
The COVID pandemic has changed the future of CRISPR and synthetic biology, says Rahul Dhanda, Sherlock Biosciences CEO

The COVID pandemic has changed the future of CRISPR and synthetic biology, says Rahul Dhanda, Sherlock Biosciences CEO

It’s been a transformative year for synthetic biology and for the world. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed weaknesses in our global ...
Science Facts and Fallacies Podcast: COVID's mysterious origins; Why some anti-vaxxers got their shots; Unwise J&J 'pause'?

Science Facts and Fallacies Podcast: COVID’s mysterious origins; Why some anti-vaxxers got their shots; Unwise J&J ‘pause’?

Where did SARS-COV-2 come from? For most of the last year a natural origin story was the predominant view among ...
Viewpoint: Epidemiology in crisis? Scientists and health journalists need to embrace ‘skeptical science.’ Here's a checklist for detecting over-hyped scares

Viewpoint: Epidemiology in crisis? Scientists and health journalists need to embrace ‘skeptical science.’ Here’s a checklist for detecting over-hyped scares

Since the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, epidemiology has assumed an outsized role in the public consciousness. It has been ...
COVID and immunity: How long will it last if you get a vaccine or were infected?

COVID and immunity: How long will it last if you get a vaccine or were infected?

The COVID vaccines are working. Data from Israel and Scotland shows that they are protecting people and may also be decreasing ...
Why do some animals live extraordinarily long lives — and can humans benefit from studying them?

Why do some animals live extraordinarily long lives — and can humans benefit from studying them?

Life, for most of us, ends far too soon — hence the effort by biomedical researchers to find ways to ...
‘In nature, everything is connected’: Can synthetic biology reverse the decline in our depleted marine ecosystem?

‘In nature, everything is connected’: Can synthetic biology reverse the decline in our depleted marine ecosystem?

Our blue planet runs on ocean ecosystems that are currently in steep decline. In the last 50 years, the amount ...
Science Facts and Fallacies Podcast: Is coffee healthy or not? Public health officials encourage vaccine skepticism? Why childbirth is so hard

Science Facts and Fallacies Podcast: Is coffee healthy or not? Public health officials encourage vaccine skepticism? Why childbirth is so hard

Coffee is nutritious, according to the latest study. Also, coffee is linked to cancer, new research finds. How do we ...
Genetic astrology? Nutrigenomic DNA tests: Can you prime your health by tailoring diet and exercise to your biology?

Genetic astrology? Nutrigenomic DNA tests: Can you prime your health by tailoring diet and exercise to your biology?

"The promise of genetic testing is that it can tell you more about the way you're built so that you ...
Vaccine equity: This is what the US is doing to ensure widespread global access to COVID-19 vaccines

Vaccine equity: This is what the US is doing to ensure widespread global access to COVID-19 vaccines

The U.S. is expected to soon have enough COVID-19 vaccine doses on hand to fully vaccinate just about everyone in ...
Impact of false negative COVID tests: Some patients have Long Covid symptoms but have been denied medical coverage

Impact of false negative COVID tests: Some patients have Long Covid symptoms but have been denied medical coverage

Kristin Novotny once led an active life, with regular CrossFit workouts and football in the front yard with her children ...
Viewpoint: ‘Dump Dimorphism’ — Challenging orthodoxy, neuroscientists claim 30 years of studies show ‘no meaningful male-female brain differences’

Viewpoint: ‘Dump Dimorphism’ — Challenging orthodoxy, neuroscientists claim 30 years of studies show ‘no meaningful male-female brain differences’

Everyone knows the difference between male and female brains. One is chatty and a little nervous, but never forgets and takes ...
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Science Facts and Fallacies podcast: Dr. Paul Offit takes on anti-vaccine activism as COVID shots stem new infections

Early in the pandemic, Children's Health Defense—the anti-vaccine group headed by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.—alleged that SARS-COV-2 was being used ...
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