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Should You Be Compensated for Your Medical Waste?

The right answer is: No. Why bring this issue up? HBO will be showing a movie based on the 2010 bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tomorrow starring Oprah Winfrey. In 1951, black Baltimorean Henrietta Lacks had surgery to remove a cervical cancer tumor. Her physician took some cells from the tumor which he […]

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Scientists’ March on Washington: New at Reason

In the flush of excitement after the post-inaugural Women’s March on Washington, someone in a Reddit conversation suggested, “There needs to be a Scientists’ March on Washington.” Sensing that a march on Washington might sound too aggressively partisan, the organizers have now renamed the event the March for Science. That march will take place tomorrow, […]

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Zuckerberg and Musk Aim to Make Telepathy a Reality

Telepathy can be defined as the communication of thoughts or ideas by means other than the known senses. Now Tesla’s Elon Musk and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg both seem to be aiming to provide humans with the ability to communicate directly brain-to-brain and brain-to-internet. Musk announced last month his new company Neuralink is working on a […]

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Rejuvenation Using Human Umbilical Cord Blood Plasma

Human blood plasma obtained from umbilical cords revitalizes the hippocampus and improves cognitive function in aged mice, according to a new study published in Nature. The research was done by a team led by Stanford University neurologist Tony Wyss-Coray. The researchers injected human cord plasma into old mice, and found that they could better remember […]

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Immigrant Diversity Boosts Native-Born Wages: New at Reason

“The benefits that immigration brings to society far outweigh their costs,” declares an open letter to congressional leaders and President Donald Trump. The letter, published on Wednesday and signed by nearly 1,500 economists—including six Nobel Prize winners—notes that immigrant entrepreneurs start new businesses that hire lots of Americans; that immigrants are far more likely to […]

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FDA Loosens Its Shackles on 23andMe Personal Genomics Company

Still forbidden to tell customers nearly 90 percent of what the company used to be able to share Ronald Bailey|Apr. 6, 2017 2:40 pm 23andMeBack in 2013 the regulators at the Food and Drug Administration basically shut down the burgeoning field of direct-to-consumer personal genomics when it ordered the genotype screening company 23andMe to stop […]

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Is the Quest to ‘Solve Death’ Selfishly Immoral?

Charlieaja/DreamstimeThe thanatophiles are out in the public square again arguing that the pursuit of radical life extension is immoral. One such is University of Pennsylvania bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel who denounced in his review of three new books reporting on the search by various Silicon Valley moguls for technologies and treatments that could slow or even […]

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Biggest Cause of Cancer? Just Plain Old Bad Luck

And your luck gets worse the older you get. Ronald Bailey|Mar. 23, 2017 4:20 pm KrishnaCreations/DreamstimeA new article in Science is reporting that most cancers in people are the result random copying errors that occur when cells in the body divide. Applying some sophisticated mathematics to the question of how the mutations that lead to […]

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