bioethics, obesity
Opinion: Three-Parent Embryos—A Slippery Slope?
Opinion: Three-Parent Embryos—A Slippery Slope?
John D. Loike, Alan Kadish | Jun 14, 2018
The use of pronuclear transfer to treat infertility must first be backed by evidence it can work in cases where parents seek to avoid mitochondrial mutations.
Researchers Identify Biomarkers for Obesity Risk in Women
Researchers Identify Biomarkers for Obesity Risk in Women
Catherine Offord | May 31, 2018
Low levels of a biochemical process involved in fat breakdown predicts weight gain and metabolic complications more than a decade later.
Researchers Succeed in Keeping Disembodied Pig Brains Alive
Researchers Succeed in Keeping Disembodied Pig Brains Alive
Catherine Offord | May 1, 2018
The organs showed neural activity for up to 36 hours, adding fuel to discussions about the ethics of future neuroscientific research.
Investigation Questions Transparency for Failed TB Vax
Investigation Questions Transparency for Failed TB Vax
Jef Akst | Jan 11, 2018
The BMJ inquiry finds that researchers presented only select results from animal experiments when applying for funding and approval for human trials.
Primary Cilia in Neurons Linked to Obesity
Primary Cilia in Neurons Linked to Obesity
Abby Olena | Jan 8, 2018
Three studies—one of mice and two of human genetics—describe the role of two proteins, adenylyl cyclase and melanocortin 4 receptor, in the development of obesity and diabetes. 
Hormone Loss Prevents Obesity and Diabetes in Mice
Hormone Loss Prevents Obesity and Diabetes in Mice
Abby Olena | Nov 6, 2017
Asprosin—involved in a rare disease called neonatal progeroid syndrome—targets neurons to stimulate appetite, and blocking the hormone wards off weight gain in rodents.
Why Afternoon Open Heart Surgery Is Better for Patient Outcomes
Why Afternoon Open Heart Surgery Is Better for Patient Outcomes
Catherine Offord | Oct 27, 2017
Research in human patients and mice reveals the role of the circadian clock in the risk of heart damage at different times of day.
A Molecule to Treat Obesity?
A Molecule to Treat Obesity?
Ashley P. Taylor | Oct 18, 2017
GDF-15 lowers body weight in mice and primates.
Right-to-Try Bill Passes the Senate
Right-to-Try Bill Passes the Senate
Catherine Offord | Aug 4, 2017
The legislation removes restrictions for seriously ill patients to access experimental treatments that have not received FDA approval.
Skin Graft-based Gene Therapy Treats Diabetes in Mice
Skin Graft-based Gene Therapy Treats Diabetes in Mice
Shawna Williams | Aug 4, 2017
A small patch of engineered cells makes an enzyme that stimulates insulin release.