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Health Jul 03Fever checks are flawed for flagging COVID-19. Are smell tests better?
Using temperature checks to find contagious people is like trying to catch tennis balls in a soccer net: way too many can get through.
Health Feb 06Experts envision two scenarios if the new coronavirus isn’t contained
What will a world with endemic 2019-nCoV — circulating permanently in the human population — be like?…
Science Nov 20First CRISPR treatment for sickle cell, other blood disease shows early benefits in two patients
The first two patients to receive a CRISPR-based treatment for the inherited blood disorders sickle cell disease and beta thalassemia have benefited from the experimental therapy and experienced only temporary and treatable side effects.
Science Jun 09‘Jumping genes’ could help CRISPR replace disease-causing DNA, study finds
Researchers describe combining a "jumping gene" with CRISPR enzymes to deliver a a package of DNA to precise addresses in the E. coli genome.
Science May 18Pentagon study finds promise in brain training program for veterans with cognitive issues
A Pentagon-funded study has found that a specific form of computer-based brain training can improve cognitive performance in vets who suffered persistent mental deficits after a mild traumatic brain injury.
Science Apr 18Scientists restore some vitality in dead pig brains — but without consciousness?
The pigs were dead. But four hours later, scientists restored some cellular functions in their brains.
Health Jul 18CRISPR causes significantly greater DNA damage than previously thought, study finds
The DNA damage found in the new study included deletions of thousands of DNA bases, including at spots far from the edit. Some of the deletions can silence genes that should be active and activate genes that should be silent,…
Health Jun 16Controversial NIH study of ‘moderate drinking’ will be terminated after scathing report
The National Institutes of Health will shut down a controversial industry-funded study of moderate drinking and heart disease after a task force found severe ethical and scientific lapses in the study’s planning and execution, the agency’s director said Friday.
Science Jan 20Too good to be true? Experts clash on whether hitting the gym helps the brain
There is a deep ideological schism between equally respected experts about what constitutes proof that exercise can benefit patients with mild cognitive impairment.
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…