A health care startup made a wild pitch to Cara Waller, CEO of the Newport Orthopedic Institute. The company said it could get patients more engaged with their care by automating physician empathy. It “almost made me nauseous,” she said. How can you automate something as deeply personal as empathy?

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Jennifer Doudna, a pioneer of the revolutionary genome-editing technology, reflects on how 2015 became the most intense year of her career — and what she’s learnt

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It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood science-fiction movie. An alien species is dying. Their only hope is for a brood of artificially fertilised eggs created from the preserved DNA of some of the last survivors to be brought back to life in a future world where (hopefully) conditions are better suited to them

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The federal privacy law known as HIPAA doesn’t cover home paternity tests, fitness trackers or health apps. When a Florida woman complained after seeing the paternity test results of thousands of people online, federal regulators told her they didn’t have jurisdiction

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The Doomsday Invention

November 18, 2015

Nick Bostrom argues that if artificial intelligence can be achieved, it would be an event of unparalleled consequence—perhaps even a rupture in the fabric of history

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The Crispr Quandary

November 10, 2015

A new gene-editing tool might create an ethical morass — or it might make revising nature seem natural

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A conversation with Google’s in-house philosopher, Luciano Floridi

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The pill treats seizures and is expected to hit the market in the first quarter of 2016

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