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.
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
Embryos with DNA from pigs and people. Plus science politics, immigration, and–once more–Donald Trump’s psyche
THAT HUMAN-PIG HYBRID It’s going to take a really long time to get from the new reports of human-pig hybrid embryos to the work’s ultimate goal, which is organs for transplant into human patients. The
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
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
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
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
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