During the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014, medical workers collected hundreds of thousands of samples of blood from victims and those presumed to be infected, in an effort to stem an epidemic that eventually took more than 11,000 lives

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Seeking to build a central identification platform, Kenya is storing the fingerprints, eyes, faces, voices, DNA, and location of its nearly 50-million population, and linking the data to everything from identity cards to access to education, health, and social services

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The Chinese authorities turned to a Massachusetts company and a prominent Yale researcher as they built an enormous system of surveillance and control

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Now one controversial startup is halting treatment

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It’s generally “ethically unacceptable” agrees Dr Ruth Faden, the founder of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Nevertheless, she said that the patient’s rights and interest have to be balanced with the potential benefits of the research to humanity as a whole

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Desperate people can make $30 donating plasma, up to 104 times a year, in this $20 billion industry

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Adrien Locatelli, a French teenager claims to have injected DNA strands encoding verses from the Bible and the Quran in his thighs

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A new tool for understanding brain diseases. Marius Wernig writes, “Our team at Stanford University has just figured out the recipe for converting blood cells from adults directly into nerve cells, or neurons. You may be wondering why anyone would want to convert blood into brain cells.”

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