NO SEX, NO PAIN: TOWARD LAB-GROWN DESIGNER BABIES It gives new meaning to the vulgarity “a piece of tail.” The latest way of divorcing baby-making from the old-fashioned method not only involves no sexual relations,
Breaking news about the March for Science plus more news about ancient humanity: Homo naledi (cont’d) and the Hobbit
BREAKING NEWS ABOUT THE MARCH FOR SCIENCE Just as I was locking up this post came news about public attitudes toward last month’s March for Science. You will probably not be astonished to learn that
News about ancient humanity: Humans in California 130,000 years ago? Homo naledi find is much younger than expected
New news about old humanity. HUMAN OCCUPATION SITE IN CALIFORNIA IS REALLY OLD? The most startling claim about the human line is in a free-to-read Nature paper that asserts humans were in southern California 130,000
AFTER THE MARCH, WHAT WILL/SHOULD COME NEXT? It was not often spoken of explicitly, but surely one goal of the March for Science was a call for respect. Complaints about mingy research budgets were plentiful,
Some skepticism was called for in science writers’ responses to the news that a protein from human umbilical cord blood improves memory in aging mice. Most posts I saw included caveats of some sort, although
23ANDME AND YOU IN THE DATABASE The gene-testing company 23andMe professed itself delighted at the government’s recent permission to sell its new disease-gene testing kits directly to the public. And no wonder. That’s because the
WOOLLY MAMMOTH DE-EXTINCTION IS FAKE NEWS De-extinction–ideas for raising long-gone organisms from the dead–is back. The highest-profile project of the de-extinction movement is viewed in the media almost exclusively as a plan to bring back
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.