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.
Here’s the annual On Science Blogs look back at some of last year’s doings in science and medicine. At least some were encouraging. Still, many believe that 2016 has concluded not a moment too soon,
ONCE MORE, LIFE ON MARS Let’s take a deep hopeful breath and look forward, shall we? People have discovered that it’s pretty difficult to move to Canada. So there’s a lot of talk about going
GUESSING AT THE CONSEQUENCES OF DONALD TRUMP’S PRESIDENCY Stunning as Trump’s upset (and upsetting) capture of the White House was, prognosticators swung into immediate speculation about what it would mean for science and medicine. Note
If there’s a topic even more politicized than the US presidential election, it’s GMOs . (GMOs are genetically modified organisms, the products of genetic engineering, and opposition to them usually centers on GM crop plants.)
HUMAN LIFESPAN, HUMAN HEALTHSPAN, LIFE EXTENSION One of last week’s topics here at On Science Blogs was whether the potential human lifespan is capped at about 115 years. This week let’s move on to one
NO MORE DISEASE BY CENTURY’S END? Pediatrician Priscilla Chan and her husband, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, “believe we can cure, prevent or manage all diseases within our children’s lifetime.” Their one child so far, a
Prostate cancer disputes and media matters: Watchful waiting OK? Is there a surge? Is cancer a disease of modern times?
PROSTATE CANCER: WATCHFUL WAITING IS PROBABLY SAFE The prostate-specific antigen test for prostate cancer was developed in the 1990s, quickly followed by an explosion of PSA screening for the disease and a further explosion of
TOM WOLFE ON EVOLUTION AND DARWIN AND CHOMSKY Bango! The famed New Journalist Tom Wolfe’s takedown of Charles Darwin and evolution is apparently his usual over-the-top hoot. This I relay second-hand because I haven’t read