Some skepticism was called for in science writers’ responses to the news that a protein from human umbilical cord blood improves memory in aging mice. Most posts I saw included caveats of some sort, although
23ANDME AND YOU IN THE DATABASE The gene-testing company 23andMe professed itself delighted at the government’s recent permission to sell its new disease-gene testing kits directly to the public. And no wonder. That’s because the
Human cannibalism through the ages: Why? Also, more on the March for Science, plus scientists as politicians
HUMANS ARE CANNIBALS First it was vampires that got long in the tooth. Now it’s zombies. These fabulous creatures who feed on human tissue are fading from the cultural zeitgeist, according to Charles Bramesco at
WOOLLY MAMMOTH DE-EXTINCTION IS FAKE NEWS De-extinction–ideas for raising long-gone organisms from the dead–is back. The highest-profile project of the de-extinction movement is viewed in the media almost exclusively as a plan to bring back
IS THE MARCH FOR SCIENCE IN TROUBLE? Looking at the world map the March for Science organizers have posted about participation in satellite marches around the globe, you will probably be impressed. The major focus
GENETIC PRIVACY: GATTACA REVISITED? It’s not a formal part of the cruel, terrifying Trumpcare/Ryancare bill Congress is considering to repeal-and-replace Obamacare. But last week a Congressional committee approved another piece of cruel, terrifying medical legislation.
VIRAL DISEASES: H7N9 BIRD FLU China is undergoing its worst epidemic of human cases of H7N9 bird flu since the virus’s discovery in 2013, some 460 cases between last October and February of this year.
LET’S GO TO MARS! Last week it was all about those 7 new planets that are “only” 39 light-years away and might perhaps possibly maybe be a home for life. But let’s get real: There’s
HUZZAH! SEVEN “NEARBY” “HABITABLE” PLANETS! Not to denigrate the scientific achievement, which is noteworthy for its novelty and sophistication. Not to denigrate (much) the excitement on Twitter and other media, rounded up by Becky Ferreira
Genome-editing of designer babies OK in some cases; huge CRISPR patent fight decision, but who’s the ultimate winner?
No politics this time! Unless science politics counts. DESIGNER BABIES ARE OK SOMETIMES The National Academy of Sciences, bless its heart, has tackled once again the genomic future that is just a moment away from