Sharon's Recent Stories
Health Jan 02Too many cancer screens skew how we understand risk factors, study says
Widespread screening for "scrutiny-dependent" cancers — those for which the harder you look the more you find, and the more of what you find is harmless — causes another problem, two leading cancer experts argue in a paper published on…
Science Dec 303 brain technologies to watch in 2018
Some tiny technologies could lead to some big advances in neuroscience in 2018. Here's what we'll be paying attention to.
Health Jun 22Prodigy’s death shines light on slow progress against sickle cell disease
The death of the rap artist Prodigy (Albert Johnson) at only 42 this week, after a lifetime of suffering from sickle cell disease, was a reminder of the devastating cost of the sometimes fatal genetic disorder — and of the…
Health Apr 09Before you send your spit to 23andMe, what you need to know
The genetic testing company 23andMe received approval this week from regulators to sell genetic reports on an individual’s risk for 10 diseases, most prominently Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Health Mar 11House Republicans would let employers demand workers’ genetic test results
A House panel voted to allow employers to require workers to undergo genetic testing or risk paying a penalty of thousands of dollars.
Science Feb 16Broad Institute wins heated dispute over CRISPR patents
The U.S. patent office ruled on Wednesday that hotly disputed patents on the revolutionary genome-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 belong to the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, dealing a blow to the University of California.
Science Jan 27First human-pig chimeras spark hopes for transplantable organs — and debate
These human-pig “chimeras” were not allowed to develop past the fetal stage, but the experiment suggests such creations could eventually be used to grow fully human organs for transplant…
Health Oct 05Epic yawns boost brain growth, study says
If you have a big brain, you can credit yawning for promoting brain growth and activity, the researchers found. And if you have a small brain, you can blame the fact that you don’t yawn long enough.
Health Sep 165 lessons from this week’s Clinton-Trump medical record circus
Here are the five main takeaways from this week’s presidential medical circus.
Science Aug 11New technique sees brain gene activity in living color
A new neuroimaging tool shows for the first time where genes are being turned on or off in living brains.