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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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Dealing With Cystic Fibrosis

A “Benefit for Teri (Sanden) Starkey” notice was on the Our Lady of Angels bulletin board this Sunday. The event was Saturday, July 29, and in Litchfield; a town south and a bit east of here, about an hour and … Continue reading

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Using Vaccines Wisely

Using drones to deliver vaccines seems reasonable for places like Vanuatu. But vaccines won’t help if folks don’t know how to use them correctly, or can’t. Others avoid vaccines because they believe warnings from dubious sources. Facts and fears Health, … Continue reading

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Misusing Opioids

“Crisis” or not, opioid overdose is a problem. A lethal one, sometimes. We’ve used one opioid, opium, for millennia. Others have been developed during my lifetime. They’re all useful: and dangerous if misused. Drugs in the 19th century “Laughing Gas” … Continue reading

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