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.
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
MARCH IN APRIL The scientists’ march on Washington, discussed here at On Science Blogs a couple weeks ago, is now definitely a Thing. Here’s the March for Science web site. Hashtags #ScienceMarch and #marchforscience; Twitter
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,
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
GIVING THANKS FOR LESS DEMENTIA If, like me, you’ve been clawing urgently through recent events trying to find reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving weekend, here’s a big one: As Star Lawrence observes at HEALTH’Sass,
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.)
JOHN OLIVER VS. BIG PHARMA AGAIN John Oliver took on Big Pharma again last Sunday (Oct. 23) with his trademark savage (but solid) harangue. This time his topic was the opioid epidemic and its accompanying
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
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