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August 04 2010

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.

May 18 2010

May 06 2010

Gary Wolf: How the Inbred Lab Mouse Helps Reprogram the Human Genome

Though social eugenics was discredited long ago, we still often think of the genome in quasi-eugenic terms.

January 18 2010

Jonah Lehrer: Accept Defeat - The Neuroscience of Screwing Up

Experiments rarely tell us what we expect. That's the dirty secret of science.

January 12 2010

January 03 2010

Raymond T. Pierrehumbert: An open letter to Steve Levitt

May I suggest that if you should happen to need some friendly help next time you take on the topic of climate change, or would like to have a chat about why aerosol geoengineering might not be a cure-all, or just need a critical but informed opponent to b

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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