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    CRISPR enters its first human clinical trials

    Since its debut in 2012, CRISPR gene editing has held the promise of curing most of the over 6,000 known genetic diseases. Now it’s being put to the test.

    In the first spate of clinical trials, scientists are using CRISPR/Cas9 to combat cancer and blood disorders in people. In these tests, researchers remove some of a person’s cells, edit the DNA and then inject the cells back in, now...

    08/14/2019 - 08:00 Genetics, Biomedicine, Science & Society
  • Feature

    With nowhere to hide from rising seas, Boston prepares for a wetter future

    Boston dodged a disaster in 2012. After Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of New Jersey and New York, the superstorm hit Boston near low tide, causing minimal damage. If Sandy had arrived four hours earlier, many Bostonians would have been ankle to hip deep in seawater.

    Across the globe, sea levels are rising, delivering bigger storm surges and higher tides to coastal cities. In Boston,...

    08/06/2019 - 06:00 Climate, Earth, Science & Society
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    How the 5 riskiest U.S. cities for coastal flooding are preparing for rising tides

    The five U.S. cities most at risk from coastal flooding have begun to make plans for adapting to rising sea levels. Some are further along than others. Here’s where their flood resilience efforts stand:


    Florida’s flooding risk comes not just from storms and high tides but also from water seeping up through the porous limestone that underlies much of the state. After 2017’s...

    08/06/2019 - 06:00 Climate, Earth, Science & Society
  • Editor's Note

    Why this warmer world is not just a passing phase

    In the late 1990s, three scientists published a paper charting the Earth’s temperatures over the last millennium. For the first 900 years, the trend line was the definition of boring: just little blips up and down. That changed around 1900, when the mean global temperature shot up, and kept rising.

    That now-famous trend line, dubbed “the hockey stick” because of its sharp upward...

    08/06/2019 - 05:00 Science & Society, Climate
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    Satellites are transforming how archaeologists study the past

    Archaeology from SpaceSarah ParcakHenry Holt and Co., $30

    The term “space archaeology” may conjure up images of astronauts hunting for artifacts from little green men, but the field is much more down to Earth. Space archaeologists use satellite imagery and other remote-sensing techniques to look for ancient sites on our planet. As archaeologist Sarah Parcak explains in her new book...

    08/04/2019 - 08:00 Archaeology, Anthropology, Science & Society
  • News

    Public trust that scientists work for the good of society is growing

    These days, it can seem as if science is under assault. Climatologists are routinely questioned about what’s really causing global warming. Doctors can be disparaged for trying to vaccinate children against disease.

    But for the U.S. public at large, scientists are generally seen as a trustworthy bunch. In fact, 86 percent of Americans hold at least “a fair amount” of confidence that...

    08/02/2019 - 10:45 Science & Society
  • Editor's Note

    You’re only as old as you perceive yourself to be

    Aging is inevitable, but the health declines that appear to be part of the package may not be, according to provocative research about how our attitudes about aging influence our physical health.

    It’s no surprise that the negative stereotypes about growing older that are pervasive in many societies could make people feel worse about themselves; the pioneering gerontologist Robert N...

    07/28/2019 - 06:00 Science & Society, Health
  • Teaser

    Giving cats food with an antibody may help people with cat allergies

    Cat lovers who sneeze and sniffle around their feline friends might one day find at least partial relief in a can of cat food.

    New research suggests that feeding cats an antibody to the major allergy-causing protein in cats renders some of the protein, called Fel d1, unrecognizable to the human immune system, reducing an allergic response. After 105 cats were fed the antibody for 10...

    07/26/2019 - 09:00 Immune Science, Science & Society
  • 50 years ago, a drug that crippled a generation found new life as a leprosy treatment

    Thalidomide helps severe cases —

    The drug that was banned because of its crippling effect on babies when taken as a tranquilizer and sleeping pill by pregnant women is being studied for its use in Hansen’s disease, or leprosy. Thalidomide has been tried on 22 leprosy patients … on an experimental basis with the permission of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.… The primary action...

    07/25/2019 - 13:00 Health, Science & Society
  • News

    Longer gaps between births can halve infant deaths in developing nations

    In some of the world’s least-developed countries, spacing births two years apart, instead of one, can nearly halve infant mortality rates, a study finds. But in more developed nations, increasing the interval between successive childbirths makes little difference to infant deaths, researchers report July 3 in Demography. 

    “At low levels of development, birth spacing is really important...

    07/19/2019 - 07:00 Science & Society, Human Evolution