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
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.
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
Stunned to learn that people are still arguing about whether premenstrual syndrome is “real.” And that docs still know next to nothing about the process, let alone its cause(s). I wrote a paper about disputes
Mulling over our President-elect’s likely impact, especially on medicine and health care, it occurred to me that several ideas being bounced about can be interpreted in a particular way. They are pronatalist (aka natalist) ideas.
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
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