Heal is a smartphone app similar to the on-demand car service Uber, but instead of a car, a doctor shows up at your door. Users download the app and then type in a few details such as address and the reason for the visit. After adding a credit card and a request for a family doctor or a pediatrician, the physician arrives in 20 to 60 minutes for a flat fee of $99

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Scientists are using blood samples collected throughout the Ebola outbreak to map the virus’s spread from country to country by tracking tiny mutations in its gene sequences

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About gene-edited super babies. Let’s talk about making babies. Specifically, designer babies. Because ever since in vitro fertilization made it possible for parents to select embryos with the best genetics, precisely-engineered progeny have been a big fear

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There should be a consent process for sharing patient information online, said Matthew DeCamp, MD, from the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Johns Hopkins Division of General Internal Medicine in Baltimore. However, “the exact type of process — written, verbal, or otherwise — should depend on the use in question.”

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When Bruce Hodgins went to the doctor for a checkup in Sioux City, Iowa, he was asked to complete a lengthy survey to gauge his health risks. In return for filling it out, he saved a $10 monthly premium for his Medicaid coverage

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Michael Pollan: “It isn’t every day that the definition of a common English word that is ubiquitous in common parlance is challenged in federal court, but that is precisely what has happened with the word ‘natural.'”

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Protests on a Hawaiian volcano show that we should take a few days a year to reflect on the dark parts of scientific history

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Who Owns Pre-Embryos?

May 1, 2015

There are more than six hundred thousand frozen pre-embryos in the United States. They aren’t children, but they aren’t exactly property, either. Who decides what happens to them?

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