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
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