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Gene Editing Must Reckon With the Unforeseen - Facts So Romantic

Almost exactly a year ago, I attended the International Summit of Human Gene Editing at the National Academy of Sciences. It was organized in part by …

Generation Adderall

Have you ever been to Enfield? I had never even heard of it until I was 23 and living in London for graduate school. One afternoon, I received notification that a package whose arrival I had been anticipating for days had been bogged down in customs and was now in a FedEx warehouse in Enfield, an …

Rewriting the Code of Life

Through DNA editing, researchers hope to alter the genetic destiny of species and eliminate diseases.<p>Early on an unusually blustery day in June, Kevin Esvelt climbed aboard a ferry at Hyannis*, bound for Nantucket Island. Esvelt, an assistant professor of biological engineering at the Massachusetts …

The sugar conspiracy | Ian Leslie

In 1972, a British scientist sounded the alarm that sugar – and not fat – was the greatest danger to our health. But his findings were ridiculed and his reputation ruined. How did the world’s top nutrition scientists get it so wrong for so long?<p>Robert Lustig is a paediatric endocrinologist at the …

Diabetes

The Hidden Toll of Drug-Resistant Superbugs

Anti-vaccination might be rational, but is it reasonable? – Maggie Koerth-Baker

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. On 19 December 1984, <i>The New York Times</i> ran a story about parents who feared the risks of routine …

Public Health

Fatal mistakes - Vox

Doctors and nurses make thousands of deadly errors every year. They are reprimanded. Do they also deserve support?<p>Kim Hiatt had worked as a nurse for 24 years when she made her first medical error: She gave a frail infant 10 times the recommended dosage of a medication. The baby died five days …

Washington State

What Alzheimer’s Feels Like from the Inside - Issue 35: Boundaries

<i>This video is a finalist for a 2016 Webby Award. You can vote for it here.</i>I was up again at 4 a.m. the other night, one of five nocturnal ramblings …

The problem with race-based medicine | Dorothy Roberts

Allergic to life: the Arizona residents 'sensitive to the whole world'

A lot of things caused Susie pain: scented products, pesticides, plastic, synthetic fabrics, smoke, electronic radiation – the list went on. Back in “the regular world”, car exhaust made her feel sick for days. Perfume gave her seizures.<p>Then she uprooted to Snowflake, Arizona.<p>“I got out of the car …

The perils of being your own doctor | Mert Erogul

When an experienced physician became convinced he had ALS, none of the specialists he consulted could persuade him he was perfectly healthy<p>In the summer of my 44th year, when everyone did the ice bucket challenge for ALS, when friends and strangers and celebrities soaked themselves with iced water …

Mind

How fear of nuclear power is hurting the environment | Michael Shellenberger

Doctors have become less empathetic, but is it their fault?

‘I don’t like to take medications,’ Hernando (not his real name) told me when I recommended a strong dose of ibuprofen for the pain in his thumb …

Should the United States Save Tangier Island From Oblivion?

It was a few minutes before noon on Tangier Island in Virginia, just about high tide, when David Schulte pushed the toe of his red sneaker into Marilyn Pruitt’s soggy backyard. Schulte, a marine biologist with the United States Army Corps of Engineers, frowned, withdrew his foot, found another spot …

Is religion good or bad? (This is a trick question)

Plenty of good things are done in the name of religion, and plenty of bad things too. But what is religion, exactly — is it good or bad, in and of …

Religion

Uncovering the Stark Disparities Behind School Money — ProPublica

Why do many school districts fail to meet the needs of their students? One commonly cited response is our country’s disparate school funding system: …

The “Other Side” Is Not Dumb

There’s a fun game I like to play in a group of trusted friends called “Controversial Opinion.” The rules are simple: Don’t talk about what was …

Critical Thinking