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Flint Begins The Long Process Of Fixing Its Water Problem

Experts are scrambling to define the scope of the water contamination disaster in the city of nearly 100,000 and determine how to replace corroded pipes, while making sure to keep the public informed.

British Scientists Gain Approval To Edit DNA In Human Embryos

British regulators are giving scientists the first government sanction to edit DNA in human embryos. Scientists want to do this to learn more about human development, but critics fear it will lead to designer babies.

Scientists Say The Moon Really Does Impact Rainfall On Earth

When the moon is overhead or "underfoot," the chance of rainfall diminishes ever so slightly, a new study concludes.

White House To Request $1 Billion For Cancer 'Moonshot'

President Obama plans to ask Congress for $755 million in cancer-research funding in his 2017 budget. That's in addition to $195 million already approved in 2016.

U.K. Regulator Gives Go-Ahead For Scientists To Edit Genes In Human Embryos

The researchers want to study the first few days of an embryo's development. They must now seek approval from an ethics committee in the United Kingdom.
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Shortages Of Children's Cancer Drugs And How To Allocate Them

U.S. doctors and hospitals face a critical shortage of some potentially life-saving drugs for children with cancer. Ethical questions about how to decide who gets them.


How Scientists Are Working To Eradicate Zika Mosquitoes

Can the spread of the Zika virus be curtailed by eliminating mosquitoes that carry it? Professor Anthony James of UC Irvine discusses the consequences of pesticides to our health and on the ecosystem.

Variations In A Gene Provide Clues About Schizophrenia

Scientists studied the genomes of more than 64,000 people and found that those with the debilitating psychiatric disease were much more likely to possess mutations of a particular gene.

Dog Flu Virus Spreading Across The United States

One strain of dog flu causing outbreaks in the U.S. appears to be especially contagious, making it likely more dogs than usual will get sick, veterinarians say. Still, 90 percent of cases are mild.

We Sampled The Gastronomic Frontier Of Virtual Reality

Project Nourished uses a variety of tricks to fool the mind into thinking it's eating. The goal: to let us consume our favorite tastes without unwanted extras — like food allergens or just calories.