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Editing Genes, Ethically

Scientists at England’s John Innes Centre learned how to grow plants that produce polio vaccine. That sounds like a very good idea, particularly since the process should work for other vaccines, too. The other ‘genetic engineering’ news raises issues that … Continue reading

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Good Intentions

Variations on “dead men tell no tales” go back at least to 1560 or thereabouts in my language. The idea is much older.1 As advice goes, it’s arguably flawed. Folks who are dead aren’t chatty, but their bodies occasionally pop … Continue reading

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Different Sorts of “Dead”

Deciding who’s dead and who’s not isn’t always easy. But getting the answer right can be a matter of life or death. “Beating Heart Cadavers” Transplants and “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die” Measuring Brain Activity Defining Life and Death “Reanimated … Continue reading

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Sweet Potatoes, Genes, and Long Life

One woman decided to take a road trip after learning she had a terminal illness. Another switched careers. Both choices make sense, given the circumstances. This year’s World Food Prize goes to a team who developed a new sweet potato, … Continue reading

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