Ben Shepard
Ben Shepard

World News

Find out what’s happening in Science & Society around the world. Discover changes to science policy and law, new scientific study results, Supreme Court rulings, debates about nature versus nurture, and news about the sharing of genetic information.

Tue, Oct 20

U.K. Preparing COVID-19 Vaccine Trials That Deliberately Infect Study Subjects

Researchers in Britain are preparing to start a controversial COVID-19 “human challenge” study in which dozens of healthy volunteers will be exposed to live coronavirus in an effort to speed up vaccine development.

Mon, Oct 12

CRISPR gene-editing inventors awarded 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to the two scientists who discovered and refined the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing tool.

Fri, Oct 09

What does COVID-19 vaccine efficacy mean?

With several vaccines against COVID-19 in late-phase testing, the business of measuring efficacy is front and center.

Mon, Sep 28

How to Distribute a COVID-19 Vaccine Ethically

The unequal wealth of nations should not determine the allocation

Thu, Jul 16

How TikTok’s Departure from Hong Kong Could Become a Win for China

On its surface, the move seems like a victory for human right. But the reality is far blurrier.

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