IS THE MARCH FOR SCIENCE IN TROUBLE? Looking at the world map the March for Science organizers have posted about participation in satellite marches around the globe, you will probably be impressed. The major focus
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.
LET’S GO TO MARS! Last week it was all about those 7 new planets that are “only” 39 light-years away and might perhaps possibly maybe be a home for life. But let’s get real: There’s
HUZZAH! SEVEN “NEARBY” “HABITABLE” PLANETS! Not to denigrate the scientific achievement, which is noteworthy for its novelty and sophistication. Not to denigrate (much) the excitement on Twitter and other media, rounded up by Becky Ferreira
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
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
By now it should have been possible to get away from our new presidency here at On Science Blogs. January 2017 is ending and the Year of the Rooster, bringer of light, is upon us.
SCIENCE ADVISERS AND SCIENCE ADVICE The new Administration hardly lacks for Fake News, but surely one of the best such items is the rumor that Trump planned to appoint 2008 Vice-Presidential candidate (and climate-change denier)