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August 04 2010

Atul Gawande: Letting Go

What should medicine do when it can’t save your life?

Thomas Goetz: Sergey Brin’s Search for a Parkinson’s Cure

As the cost of sequencing drops and research into possible associations increases, whole genome sequencing will become a routine part of medical treatment, just as targeted genetic tests are a routine part of pregnancy today.

July 07 2010

Ariel Levy: Either/Or

Sports, sex, and the runner Caster Semenya.

June 14 2010

January 18 2010

The unrepentant chocolatier

The world’s biggest food company is betting on an emerging class of health and nutrition products to spur its growth. But risks abound.

January 12 2010

December 11 2009

Michael Chorost: Algae and Light Help Injured Mice Walk Again

Treating Parkinson’s and other brain diseases could be just the beginning. Optogenetics has amazing potential, not just for sending information into the brain but also for extracting it.

November 21 2009

Amy Wallace: An Epidemic of Fear - How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All

The result is that science must somehow prove a negative — that vaccines don’t cause autism — which is not how science typically works.
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