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.

Fri, May 03

How DNA Testing at the US-Mexico Border Will Actually Work

Starting as soon as next week, the Department of Homeland Security will begin piloting a DNA testing program at the US-Mexico border intended to expose immigrants suspected of posing as families.

Sun, Apr 28

Blame my brain: A killer’s bold defense gets a court hearing

More criminal defendants are turning to brain science to argue that they shouldn’t face harsh punishment.

Thu, Apr 18

Scientists Partly Restore Activity in Dead-Pig Brains. Now what?

The brain, supposedly, cannot long survive without blood. Within seconds, oxygen supplies deplete, electrical activity fades, and unconsciousness sets in. If blood flow is not restored, within minutes, neurons start to die in a rapid, irreversible, and ultimately fatal wave.

Wed, Apr 17

Part-revived pig brains raise slew of ethical quandaries

Researchers need guidance on animal use and the many issues opened up by a new study on whole-brain restoration, argue Nita A. Farahany, Henry T. Greely and Charles M. Giattino.

Tue, Apr 16

LISTEN: How Can We Be Sure Artificial Intelligence Is Safe For Medical Use?

When Merdis Wells visited the diabetes clinic at the University Medical Center in New Orleans about a year ago, a nurse practitioner checked her eyes to look for signs of diabetic retinopathy, the most common cause of blindness.

At her next visit, in February of this year, artificial intelligence software made the call.

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