articles tagged: medical research
the scientific and ethical disaster that is the chinese crispr scandal
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the scientific and ethical disaster that is the chinese crispr scandal

He Jiankui tried to create two human beings resistant to HIV. Instead he triggered an international scandal with his methods and work experts describe as amateurish and shoddy.

screening for cancer with a microscopic amount of gold
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screening for cancer with a microscopic amount of gold

Researchers may have found a cheap, easy, and far less invasive way to screen for cancer than conventional scans and biopsies. But there’s still a lot to test before it makes its way to your doctor’s office.

gene therapy is here, but our bodies are putting up a fight
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gene therapy is here, but our bodies are putting up a fight

The good news is that scientists found a reliable mechanism for gene therapy. The bad news is that your immune system is primed to throw a wrench into it.

why an organic apple a day won’t keep cancer away
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why an organic apple a day won’t keep cancer away

A clean, healthy diet and an exercise regimen will add years to your life. But there’s no evidence that it will prevent a cancer diagnosis.

why the jury is still out on medical marijuana
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why the jury is still out on medical marijuana

Marijuana appears to have real medicinal value, but to determine what it can really do, we have to go beyond anecdotes from medical pot users and do far more rigorous studies.

the oncology revolution that wasn’t
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the oncology revolution that wasn’t

IBM was going to use Watson to find new treatments for cancer and help oncologists provide better care for their patients. They ended up doing neither and revealing the machine’s Achilles heel.

why we can’t grow a mature, implantable heart for you just yet
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why we can’t grow a mature, implantable heart for you just yet

We can't print fully functioning human organs suitable for transplantation just yet, but new experiments are getting close.

viruses that fight cancer, coming to an oncologist near you
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viruses that fight cancer, coming to an oncologist near you

The first cancer-fighting gene therapy has been approved by the FDA, a major step towards turning cancers into manageable diseases.

how scientists triggered the internet aporkalypse, and why you can still enjoy your bacon
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how scientists triggered the internet aporkalypse, and why you can still enjoy your bacon

Media reports about the carcinogenic properties of bacon have been greatly exaggerated thanks to the extremely confusing way IARC classifies studies.

why sitting won’t kill you and standing won’t save you
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why sitting won’t kill you and standing won’t save you

A study tracking the benefits of standing desks shows no difference in health outcomes between sitting and standing at the office.

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