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.
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
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
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
TOWARD A TALKING DOG The news that Hungarian scientists have confirmed that dogs can understand human language, both the meaning of specific words and the emotion behind them, is not deeply shocking. Even non-dog people
DANCING IN THE STREETS OVER NEARBY PLANET PROXIMA B It’s now perfectly respectable to talk about interstellar travel, says Cornell astronomer Lisa Kaltenegger. She’s coauthor of an unpublished paper speculating about how life could survive
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
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