‘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 ...
Viewpoint: Did men evolve to be better athletes than women? Here’s a rethink

Viewpoint: Did men evolve to be better athletes than women? Here’s a rethink

Cara Ocobock | 
As the Summer Olympics gear up to kick off in Tokyo, Japan, on July 23—delayed a year thanks to the ...
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 ...
Coronaviruses thrive in animals. Could a far more lethal COVID variant emerge in pets?

Coronaviruses thrive in animals. Could a far more lethal COVID variant emerge in pets?

Mick Bailey | 
The recent suggestion that ministers may have to consider culling or vaccinating animals to prevent the coronavirus from picking up another ...
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 ...
Baby talk: What we can learn from bats about how human moms and babies communicate

Baby talk: What we can learn from bats about how human moms and babies communicate

Ahana Aurora Fernandez | 
“Mamama,” “dadada,” “bababa” – parents usually welcome with enthusiasm the sounds of a baby’s babble. Babbling is the first milestone ...
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It’s not going away: We need a real, non-political debate about the best way to live with COVID or countries will fracture

Danny Dorling | 
In 1968, at the height of the last great influenza pandemic, at least a million people worldwide died, including 100,000 ...
GLP Podcast: Climate change enhances farming? Lawyers target paraquat; NYT vs anti-GMO groups

GLP Podcast: Climate change enhances farming? Lawyers target paraquat; NYT vs anti-GMO groups

Cameron English, Kevin Folta | 
Climate change could boost crop yields in the coming decades, but pests enabled by the warmer temperatures may offset whatever ...
If evolution encourages reproduction, why do people have same-sex preferences?

If evolution encourages reproduction, why do people have same-sex preferences?

Brendan Zietsch | 
Same-sex sexual behaviour may seem to present a Darwinian paradox. It provides no obvious reproductive or survival benefit, and yet ...
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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 ...
How important is testosterone for male success?

How important is testosterone for male success?

Amanda Hughes, Neil Davies, Sean Harrison | 
There’s a widespread belief that your testosterone can affect where you end up in life. At least for men, there ...
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GLP Podcast: ‘Big Fears, Little Risks’ — Documentary featuring GLP experts tackles GMO, vaccine skepticism

Azel James, Cameron English, Matty Cardarople | 
The evidence is in: genetic engineering promotes sustainable farming; vaccines save lives; and nuclear energy is our best hope of ...
The ‘storm in their minds’: How the gap between laboratory insights and clinical analysis is narrowing

The ‘storm in their minds’: How the gap between laboratory insights and clinical analysis is narrowing

Elizabeth Landau | 
When someone close to you develops signs of mental illness, you spring into detective mode. You ask questions, but the answers ...
Mice: The intrepid soldiers helping us fight COVID-19

Mice: The intrepid soldiers helping us fight COVID-19

As highly infectious variants of COVID-19 emerge and devastate regions across the world, scientists continue to rely on unexpected foot ...
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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 ...
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How Freddie Mercury got his voice: It wasn’t his teeth

Ricki Lewis | 
Was Freddie Mercury's magnificent voice aided by a genetic defect? ...
GLP Podcast: Anti-smoking drug fights COVID; Designer babies unethical? Scientists invade social media GMO debate

GLP Podcast: Anti-smoking drug fights COVID; Designer babies unethical? Scientists invade social media GMO debate

Cameron English, Kevin Folta | 
Could a re-purposed smoking cessation drug help prevent the spread of SARS-COV-2? An increasing number of parents are screening their ...
Male investment: Humans are one of the few species in which men supply a lot more than sperm

Male investment: Humans are one of the few species in which men supply a lot more than sperm

Elizabeth Preston | 
Lee Gettler is hard to get on the phone, for the very ordinary reason that he’s busy caring for his ...
Viewpoint: Can parents select for healthier children? A new tool for predicting polygenic traits kicks off a fierce debate

Viewpoint: Can parents select for healthier children? A new tool for predicting polygenic traits kicks off a fierce debate

Diana Fleischman, Jonathan Anomaly | 
Motherhood is rewarding, but pregnancy is risky. Pregnant women usually steer clear of environmental risks that can harm the child ...
Did COVID-19 originate in a laboratory? Many scientists still harbor questions

Did COVID-19 originate in a laboratory? Many scientists still harbor questions

Charles Schmidt | 
Nikolai Petrovsky was scrolling through social media after a day on the ski slopes when reports describing a mysterious cluster of ...
Genetics can predispose us to certain diseases, but common sense and science-driven interventions can significantly decrease risks

Genetics can predispose us to certain diseases, but common sense and science-driven interventions can significantly decrease risks

Henry Miller | 
The study of genetics has always been an attempt to understand our biologically determined fate. Many of us know of ...
Podcast: What goes on inside the brain of a terrorist? This cognitive scientist made it his mission to find out

Podcast: What goes on inside the brain of a terrorist? This cognitive scientist made it his mission to find out

Lydia Chain, Malia Politzer | 
In this episode, join freelance reporter Malia Politzer and podcast host Lydia Chain as they dive into the scientific efforts ...
GLP Podcast: Biotech's 'dark side'; Pro-science consumers spread 'misinformation'; Mandatory HPV shots?

GLP Podcast: Biotech’s ‘dark side’; Pro-science consumers spread ‘misinformation’; Mandatory HPV shots?

Cameron English, Kevin Folta | 
Biotechnology has launched a revolution in food and medicine, but it can also be badly misused by governments and individual ...
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How snake venom and a smoking cessation drug inspired a nasal spray that blocks COVID

Ricki Lewis | 
A simple nasal spray that stops SARS-CoV-2 in its tracks? That could block the coronavirus in the nose, before it ...
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Humans are poor climbers and clumsy jumpers, but boy can we throw. Here’s how and why that happened

Marta Zaraska | 
With the Tokyo Olympics on the horizon, Kara Winger is training hard. “I want to make the top eight in ...
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Taboo: Why has Africa emerged as the global coronavirus ‘Cold Spot’ — and why are we afraid to talk about it?

Jon Entine, Patrick Whittle | 
The first COVID-19 case in Africa was confirmed on February 14th, 2020, in Egypt. The first in sub-Saharan Africa appeared ...
Do our brains predict how we think? Psychedelics may help answer that question

Do our brains predict how we think? Psychedelics may help answer that question

Anil Ananthaswamy | 
“Everything became imbued with a sense of vitality and life and vividness. If I picked up a pebble from the ...
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