- The biggest science news story to come out in a long time: Chinese scientists reported that they edited the DNA of human embryos. Carl Zimmer provides a great summary of the history of the field and problems with the study. Nature has an article discussing the ethical considerations. In Time Magazine, the President of the International Society for Stem Cell Research argues that “a moratorium on any clinical application of gene editing in human embryos is critical.”
- To combat the rising incidence of nearsightedness, one Chinese school has introduced see-through classrooms, in order to expose kids to more natural light.
- A new study indicates that genetics play a large role in how likely people are to be bitten by mosquitos. Although it’s not yet known which specific genes are responsible, these results could have implications for preventing and treating mosquito-borne illnesses like malaria.
- Some forms of psychosis, like hearing voices, can start manifesting at a young age. Experiencing symptoms or going through treatment may affect teens differently than it would adults.
- Many types of cancer have been linked to a specific environmental factor that can dramatically raise your risk of developing that cancer. However, no such factor has been identified for breast cancer, making it difficult to come up with recommendations for prevention.
- A new antibody treatment may help rebuild the protective covering on neurons in patients with multiple sclerosis.
- Yet another study shows that there is no link between vaccines and autism.
- Because Dr. Oz frequently presents information on his show that is not based on scientific evidence, a group of physicians from around the country called for Columbia University to remove him from their faculty. A group of Columbia doctors wrote a letter of their own, in which they acknowledge that “many of us are spending a significant amount of our clinical time debunking Ozisms,” but say that this is not a good enough reason to fire him. A New York Times article points out some of Dr. Oz’s more helpful recommendations, and says that “a diversity of medical opinion is not a bad thing.”
- After Chicago-based company Wholesome Soy Products Inc. was found to be preparing and distributing Listeria-contaminated bean sprouts, resulting in hospitalizations and deaths, an Illinois court entered into a consent decree with the company that will prevent them from handling these food products.