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Scientists are using a powerful gene editing technique to understand how human embryos develop. shutterstock

Genome editing of human embryos broadens ethics discussions

A new gene editing experiment explores human development. With this comes new ethical questions: How do scientists acquire embryos and how are their projects approved?
Awareness and knowledge about rabies at a local level is key. This can help prevent bites and encourage people to get post-exposure treatment. Sarah Cleaveland

How to end human deaths from rabies: lessons from Kenya

The strategy to eliminate human rabies is straight forward: vaccinate dogs, provide prompt post-exposure vaccines, public education and awareness on prevention.
Activists form a red ribbon, the symbol of the worldwide campaign against AIDS in Russia, 2010. Vladimir Konstantinov/Reuters

How AIDS denialism spreads in Russia through online social networks

In Russia, social networks have given a new life to the conspiracy theory that HIV-AIDS is a global hoax.
Studies show wifi, mobile phones and other sources of electromagnetic radiation don’t make us sick. So, why are some people convinced they’re electrosensitive? from www.shutterstock.com

Apocalypse now: wifi and radiation sickness sweeping the world

Studies suggest electrosensitivity is a "communicated" disease, spread by people hearing about the alleged dangers, and sometimes worrying themselves sick.
Huge swathes of Tasmania have burned this year. Warren Frey/Tasmania Fire Service

After Tasmania’s year of disasters, bushfire tops the state’s growing list of natural hazards

A comprehensive analysis of Tasmania's natural disaster risks has identified bushfire as the biggest threat, alongside emerging issues such as disease epidemics and heatwaves.

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