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.
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
DEAR PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP . . . It’s open season on open letters from scientists to President-elect Donald Trump, three of them to date, urging that he pay them more attention. The Union of Concerned Scientists
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.)
THE MORAL MEANING OF MOM AND DAD AND MITOMOM It’s not clear to me why there are so many headlines about the birth of the latest so-called “three-parent baby.” It’s not as if this is
THE END OF PHYSICS? AND MAYBE THE END OF SCIENCE? It was, potentially, “the most important discovery in particle physics in a half-century,” “a totally unanticipated new elementary particle six times heavier than the recently
TRAVELING WITH THE ZIKA VIRUS TO MIAMI AND RIO The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued its first-ever travel advisory in the United States. It says pregnant women (and women planning conception
BREAKING NEWS ON EPIGENETICS: AN UPDATE ON MUKHERJEE’S NEW YORKER PIECE As I wrote here at On Science Blogs in May, the excerpt from Siddhartha Mukherjee’s history of genetics The Gene that the New
A SCIENCE BLOG NETWORK GOES KAPUT SciLogs, one of the few remaining science blog networks, will cease to publish on September 1. It began as part of the Nature Network but more recently as been