— and put academic freedom on trial. When a Harvard researcher dared to point that out, in a scientific, peer-reviewed study and in media interviews, the supplement maker sued him for libel and slander.

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Five years ago, Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum, an orthopedic surgeon in the Bronx who replaces more than 200 knees each year, would have considered it crazy to send a patient home the same day as a knee replacement operation

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Academics vet the work of their peers — for free, in their spare time — in a process that is supposed to weed out junk science before it’s published. But researchers say the task is thankless, that it slows down the publication process. To make matters worse, this cornerstone of the scientific method has surprisingly little evidence for its effectiveness, and many mysteries about how it works

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Despite decades of promising research, the many men who want their own contraceptive pill still have nothing. One of them, Andy Extance, looks at the obstacles – practical, political, economic – and meets the people hoping to make male birth control a reality

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The National Academy of Sciences — probably the country’s most prestigious scientific group — has reaffirmed its judgment that GMOs are safe to eat. But the group’s new report struck a different tone from previous ones, with much more space devoted to concerns about genetically modified foods, including social and economic ones

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A treatment now pending approval in Europe will be the first commercial gene therapy to provide an outright cure for a deadly disease. The treatment is a landmark for gene-replacement technology, an idea that’s struggled for three decades to prove itself safe and practical

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Claims influential Hinxton Group in a consensus statement issued following a meeting organized by an international steering committee of experts including a group from the Berman Institute

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Trial also demonstrates ability to develop vaccine quickly during outbreak

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