A history of controversy, but also of help. The public grief over Carrie Fisher’s death was not only for an actress who played one of the most iconic roles in film history. It was also for one who spoke with wit and courage about her struggle with mental illness. Fisher’s bravery, though, was not just in fighting the stigma of her illness, but also in declaring in her memoir “Shockaholic” her voluntary use of a stigmatized treatment: ECT

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The National Institutes of Health is deciding whether to consider funding controversial experiments involving scientists using human stem cells to create embryos that are part human, part animal

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Scientists on Thursday formally announced the start of a 10-year project aimed at vastly improving the ability to chemically manufacture DNA, with one of the goals being to synthetically create an entire human genome

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When the Tribeca Film Festival canceled its controversial screening of Vaxxed, a “documentary” (with scare-quotes) alleging a Centers for Disease Control cover-up of the debunked vaccine-autism link, it vindicated what scientists have collectively been saying for years: There’s nothing to talk about here. Vaccines don’t cause autism, and there’s no CDC cover-up, full stop

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Fetal tissue may prove crucial to probing link between virus and birth defects

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Facing a storm of criticism over its plan to show a documentary about the widely debunked link between vaccines and autism, the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday pulled the film from its schedule next month

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Where are they now? The stem-cell debate got really heated. But then … it just sort of fizzled out from public view. So whatever happened to stem cells? (w quote from our Alan Regenberg)

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