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01/16/2017

How Gene Editing Could Ruin Human Evolution

Time

CRISPR may be used to repair a gene that has a deficient product, such as an enzyme or receptor, or alter code that merely suggests of risk. Ideas on how to use it change hourly. The method is here to last. The ethics will only get more fraught.

01/13/2017

Successful Ebola vaccine will be fast-tracked for use

BBC News

Trials conducted in Guinea, one of the West African countries most affected by an outbreak of Ebola that ended this year, show it offers 100% protection. The vaccine is now being fast-tracked for regulatory approval.

01/12/2017

Thanks to AI, Computers Can Now See Your Health Problems

Wired

Face2Gene takes advantage of the fact that so many genetic conditions have a tell-tale “face”—a unique constellation of features that can provide clues to a potential diagnosis. It is just one of several new technologies taking advantage of how quickly modern computers can analyze, sort, and find patterns across huge reams of data.

01/11/2017

Capital Weather Gang U.S. posts second-warmest year on record, breadth of warmth ‘unparalleled’

Washington Post

Every single state and every single city in the Lower 48 states was warmer than normal in 2016.

01/10/2017

Assessing recent warming using instrumentally homogeneous sea surface temperature records

Science

Adjustments to correct for inhomogeneities in sea surface temperatures in recent years have a large impact on the resulting decadal-scale global temperature trends. Assessing the effectiveness of these adjustments is critical to improving our understanding of the structure of modern climate changes and the extent to which trends in recent periods may have been anomalous with respect to longer-term warming.

01/09/2017

Fact-checking Congress’s fetal tissue report

Science

They interviewed senior physicians from Planned Parenthood, who spoke bluntly about their provision of fetal tissue from legal abortions for medical research

01/06/2017

How drones could become a farmer’s best friend

Science

Researchers have now used images captured by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to map barley fields and determine which rows of plants are most in need of water

01/05/2017

After Backlash, Including From Trump, House GOP Drops Weakening Of Ethics Office

NPR

House Republicans have reversed themselves and restored the current rules of the Office of Congressional Ethics

12/23/2016

Abortion Is Found to Have Little Effect on Women’s Mental Health

The New York Times

Some states require women seeking abortions to be counseled that they might develop mental health problems. Now a new study, considered to be the most rigorous to look at the question in the United States, undermines that claim.

12/22/2016

Trump team targets changes to key metric that calculates social cost of carbon

Science

Last week a provocative leaked memo hinted at another likely element of the incoming administration’s plan for weakening climate regulations: tweaking an obscure but increasingly utilized economic measure that tallies the costs and benefits of controlling carbon pollution.

12/21/2016

Update: Surprise! Innovation bill clears House, heads to president

Science

“This bill maximizes the nation’s investment in basic research, and helps boost U.S. competitiveness, creates jobs and spurs new business and industries”

12/20/2016

OxyContin goes global — “We’re only just getting started”

LA Times

Former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner David A. Kessler has called the failure to recognize the dangers of painkillers one of the biggest mistakes in modern medicine.

12/19/2016

2016 in pictures: The best science images of the year

Nature

In a year of political turmoil and shock, science, too, came up with surprises. To document some of these wonders, photographers roamed the world, revealing objects from the microscopic to the cosmic in scale.

12/16/2016

We need to feed a growing planet. Vegetables aren’t the answer.

Washington Post

If we’re going to feed them and us, responsibly and healthfully, vegetables are not the answer.

12/15/2016

First hard look at Zika pregnancies finds nearly half result in miscarriage or birth defects

Science

The data are the first to quantify the risks to women infected at different times during pregnancy, and they seem to confirm that they are highest early in pregnancy.

12/14/2016

Endgame in Aleppo, the most decisive battle yet in Syria’s war

Washington Post

Aleppo would go down in history as one of the great failures of the international community to halt human rights abuses.

12/13/2016

Under 21st Century Cures legislation, stem cell advocates expect regulatory shortcuts

Science

Many attendees of the annual World Stem Cell Summit (WSCS) here took a victory lap.

12/12/2016

Ohio’s new abortion law is an assault on Roe. Here’s why it won’t work.

Washington Post

So have Ohio lawmakers made the right bet on what will happen once Trump is in the White House — namely, that a new Supreme Court lineup could overturn Roe?

12/09/2016

Black-hole fireworks win big in multimillion-dollar science prizes

http://www.nature.com/news/black-hole-fireworks-win-big-in-multimillion-dollar-science-prizes-1.21087

The discovery of the black-hole firewall paradox — one of the most confounding puzzles to emerge in physics in recent years — has bagged its co-founder a share of one of this year’s US$3-million Breakthrough Prizes.

12/08/2016

Genetically Modified Pigs Could Ease Organ Shortage

The Wall Street Journal

The goal is to create pig islets that the human immune system won’t recognize as foreign, so they can be transplanted into people.

12/07/2016

Newly discovered state of memory could help explain learning and brain disorders

Science

This new memory state could have a range of practical implications, from helping college students learn more efficiently to assisting people with memory-related neurological conditions.

12/06/2016

A new global research agenda for food

Nature

Poor diets are responsible for more of the global burden of ill health than sex, drugs, alcohol and tobacco combined.

12/05/2016

UK moves closer to allowing ‘three-parent’ babies

Nature

United Kingdom may soon become the first country to explicitly permit the birth of children from embryos modified to contain three people’s DNA.

12/02/2016

Bad hair day? ‘Uncombable hair syndrome’ traced to gene mutations

Science

Scientists have now pinpointed the three genes that cause so-called “uncombable hair syndrome”

12/01/2016

Congress poised to pass sweeping biomedical innovation bill

Science

$4.8 billion over the next decade for a set of research initiatives, including brain and cancer research and efforts to develop so-called precision medicine treatments

11/30/2016

Once underfed, Brazil’s poor have a new problem: obesity

Washington Post

Brazil has been bogged down in a recession for more than two years but one business is still growing. Fast food.

11/29/2016

Malaria vaccine, peatland protection and a string of satellites

Nature

Vaccinations against malaria will begin in sub-Saharan Africa in 2018, the World Health Organization announced

11/28/2016

Climbing the social ladder can strengthen your immune system, monkey study suggests

Science

Immune cells from low-ranking monkeys were less effective at fighting the infection.

11/24/2016

Carbon is not the enemy

Nature

A new language of carbon recognizes the material and quality of carbon so that we can imagine and implement new ways forward

11/23/2016

Young African women are especially vulnerable to HIV/AIDS

Science

91% of new infections in the 15- to 19-year-old group were in adolescent girls.