Due to the unwise announcement of using polygenic risk score selection embryo selection by Genomic Prediction, a US company, and its exposure in articles such as this by the Economist, the wisdom of selecting embryos by polygenic risk scores has...
In terms of their body plan, Old World monkeys—a group that includes primates like baboons and macaques—are generally considered more similar to ancestral species than apes are. But a new study that analyzes the...
Nicole BarbaroThe discovery of a femur from a 30 myo primate species, Aegyptopithecus, suggests that the common ancestor of Old World Monkeys and Apes appears to have moved differently than either group, and that OWM and Apes evolved new ways of locomotion over time
An army of nonfaculty staff push for action and social justice at the expense of free inquiry.
Nicole Barbaro“Their purpose was to instruct students in methods & habits of free inquiry. It was equally clear what universities were not. They were not places to absorb & enforce “correct” answers to our unsettled social, cultural, moral or economic debates.”
The DNA test claims to let prospective parents weed out IVF embryos with a high risk of disease or low intelligence.
Nicole BarbaroA NJ company is marketing ‘Gattaca baby tests’ for health conditions and, even, low IQ. But, the tech just isn’t there — polygenic scores for complex traits are simply no where near accurate enough to make predictions for individuals.
Discovery of creature that lived in the trees but stood on its hind legs suggests bipedalism emerged millions of years earlier than previously thought.
Nicole BarbaroNewly discovered ape, Danuvius guggenmosi that lived in what is now Germany 11.6 million years ago appears to have adaptations for bipedalism in addition to long arms for tree dwelling, which complicates the human evolutionary story of locomotion.
The latest scientific scandal is a re-examination of the work of Hans Eysenck, a British psychologist who very prominent in his lifetime. One recent study ranked him as the 13th most eminent psychologist of the 20th century (Haggbloom et al., 2002)....
With better questions, many reproducibility problems will fall away, says Paul Smaldino.
Nicole Barbaro"Who cares if you can replicate an experiment that found that people think the room is hotter after reading a story about nice people? .. You can craft a fun story about that result, but can you devise the next great scientific question?" -- @psmaldino