Tag: Science and Technology

Covid Lab-Leak Theory Renews “Gain-of-Function” Research Debate

In the United States, “there are no biosafety rules or regulations that have the force of law,” he said. “And this is in contrast to every other aspect of biomedical research.” There are enforceable rules, for example, for experiments with human subjects, vertebrate animals, radioactive materials and lasers, but none for research with disease-causing organisms. […]

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Lab-Leak Theory: Kristian Andersen On His Fauci Email and Covid Origins

Among the thousands of pages of Dr. Anthony S. Fauci’s emails released recently by BuzzFeed News, a short note from Kristian Andersen, a virologist at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., has garnered a lot of attention. Over the past year, Dr. Andersen has been one of the most outspoken proponents of the […]

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Shi Zhengli, Chinese Virologist, Faces Scrutiny Over Wuhan Lab Research

In less polarized times, Dr. Shi was a symbol of China’s scientific progress, the “Bat Woman” at the forefront of research into emerging viruses. She led expeditions into caves to collect samples from bats and guano, to learn how viruses jump from animals to humans. In 2019, she was among 109 scientists elected to the […]

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China’s ‘Bat Woman,’ at the Center of a Pandemic Storm, Speaks Out

In less polarized times, Dr. Shi was a symbol of China’s scientific progress, the “Bat Woman” at the forefront of research into emerging viruses. She led expeditions into caves to collect samples from bats and guano, to learn how viruses jump from animals to humans. In 2019, she was among 109 scientists elected to the […]

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Moderna, AstraZeneca … or Both? A Mixed Covid Vaccine Approach.

Why mix-and-match at all? Part of the thinking among scientists is that by administering different vaccines that expose the immune system to different parts of a pathogen, one after the other, the body becomes trained to recognize different parts of the invader and becomes more effective at defending against it. Another line of reasoning is […]

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The Vaccines We Have Are Good. But They Could Be So Much Better.

Soon after the novel coronavirus emerged, its genome was sequenced and vaccines were developed at, yes, warp speed. These are all herculean tasks that deserve praise. But America’s achievement stops there. The initial vaccine strategy was reactive and tactical, not decisive and strategic. While it prioritized getting safe, effective vaccines into bodies as quickly as […]

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Spokane, Wash. Middle School Gives Class Cotton Picking Assignment. Black Kids in the Class Are Like, ‘Uh…No.’

Photo: OlgaKan (Shutterstock) There are just some “educators” out there whose whole careers revolve around the reading of books, yet they haven’t bothered learning how to read a room. Clearly, they have missed the numerous news stories involving teachers giving their students ill-advised slavery-based assignments that made Black students uncomfortable at best and left them […]

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Reading Dan Frank, Book Editor and ‘Champion of the Unexampled’

I met him through Alan Lightman, who had emailed me to say he was coming to New York to give a talk, and did I want to have dinner with him and two guests — his daughter and a man named Dan. I instantly felt this, just, radiance, a kind of humble warmth but also […]

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Blind Man’s Sight Partially Restored with ‘Optogenetics’ Gene Therapy

A team of scientists announced Monday that they had partially restored the sight of a blind man by building light-catching proteins in one of his eyes. Their report, which appeared in the journal Nature Medicine, is the first published study to describe the successful use of this treatment. “Seeing for the first time that it […]

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Harry Reid: What We Believe About U.F.O.s

It has always troubled me that I have no background in science. We didn’t have a science teacher in my elementary school, and there were limited courses available when I got to high school. But despite my lack of scientific knowledge, or perhaps because of it, I have long been deeply inquisitive. Why does the […]

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