Scientific American executive editor Fred Guterl talks with President Obama’s science advisor John Holdren about climate science, space travel, the issue of reproducibility in science, the brain initiative and more.
A virus that infects bacteria listens to messages from its relatives when deciding how to attack its hosts
Early targets include Nipah virus and Middle East respiratory syndrome
Committee mentioned in a Trump meeting last week could scare people away from protective immunizations, scientists say
The Jekyll-and-Hyde behavior of astrocytes may point the way to treatments for degenerative diseases such as ALS, Alzheimer’s and MS
Pulitzer Prize–winning N.Y.U. historian David Oshinsky, director of the Division of Medical Humanities at the N.Y.U. Langone Medical Center, talks about his latest book, Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital.
Critics have portrayed ECT as a form of medical abuse. Yet many psychiatrists, and more importantly, patients, consider it to be safe and effective. Few medical treatments have such disparate images
The “nightmare bacteria” could fend off 26 different drugs
Where did it come from? How do organisms use it without self-destructing? And what else can it do?
Reforms have been proposed at the federal and state level
His anti-vaccine credentials date back to 2005
For-profit companies use our anonymized medical data in a huge secondary market. Advances in computing make it increasingly possible for outsiders to identify people from among the hundreds of millions of patients in dossiers, putting intimate secrets about our bodies and minds at risk
Curcumin dupes assays and leads some drug hunters astray
Scientists hope to pursue new combination therapies
Like the president-elect, Robert Kennedy, Jr., has pushed arguments of a link to autism
In some areas the next administration's approach may be more of the same
The Pentagon's research division is betting its high-risk, high-reward programs will change medicine
Hair follicles appear to be key in reprogramming other cells in the wound, restoring the original skin architecture, instead of simply scarring. Christopher Intagliata reports.
A new study suggests a link between hormonal contraceptives and depression. Which methods were more likely to cause these mood changes? And what do you need to know before you make any decisions about your contraceptive health?
Deer and opossums on an Oklahoma highway harbor microbes with helpful chemicals