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Lie-detection using functional MRI

Scientific American last week reported that psychiatrist Sean Spence and collaborators at the University of Sheffield are developing a lie-detection test based on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technology. Using fMRI, Spence a…

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Good drug, bad drug?

News The Lancet has published two articles on the efficacy and safety of the anti-obesity drug Acomplia.  This has been widely reported in the news as showing that patients using the drug have well over double the risk of depression an…

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Reproductive Cloning Reconsidered

News The first successful cloning of primates makes the headlines in the scientific press today.(See also yesterday’s contribution by Dominic Wilkinson to this blog.) The researchers were successful in cloning a primate embryo by inserting …

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Clone human embryos not monkey embryos

Research published today in the scientific journal Nature reports the first successful cloning of primates, and derivation of embryonic stem cells. This announcement brings us a significant step closer to therapeutic cloning in humans. The …

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Home medical diagnosis

The earlier we can diagnose serious illnesses, the more we can do to cure them. Many advances have been made in diagnosis over the last century, but a serious bottleneck has remained. The patients need to come to a medical practitioner in o…

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Fat Taxes and the Nanny State

Two reports published today make recommendations about the way in which obesity should be treated in the UK. These two reports, Public Health: Ethical Issues produced by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and British Fertility Society’s guid…

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Supermouse and Superman: The Dawn of Biological Liberation

News Scientists at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, have created a genetically engineered mouse nicknamed Supermouse which can run for up to six hours at a speed of 20 metres per minute before needing a rest. According to…

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