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Patient Zero

By Michael Cook

An analysis of blood tests has revealed that HIV was widespread in the 1970s, and that the notion that Gaétan Dumas was the epicentre of the epidemic is flawed.

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Grim News for Immortals

By Michael Cook

A recent paper in Nature has cast a wet blanket over the dreams of immortality researchers.

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How IVF Is Changing Human History

By Michael Cook

Since IVF bypasses infertility it must also be having an effect on human evolution.

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Acting Absolutely Beastly

By Michael Cook

Charles Foster has tried to reconnect with the animal world by living as a badger, a fox, a swift, a deer and an otter.

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Masters or Slaves of AI?

By Michael Cook

If neural lacing enables our brains to be networked, we could easily be hacked or become the tools of Google or government.

In the 19th century and for a good part of the 20th century, many people feared that humanity was destined to become lapdogs of bloated industrialists. The world would be divided between the haves and the have-nots, the capitalists and the proletariat.

The fear persists, but nowadays capitalists like Mark Zuckerberg wear hoodies and tennis shoes like the rest of us. Apart from North Korea, there is universal agreement that “to get rich is glorious”.

Global Catastrophic Risk

By Michael Cook

A report calculates that we’re more likely to die in an extinction event than in a car crash.

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Adventures on the Dark Side

By Michael Cook

Cases of sexual attraction are bound to grow as “genetic orphans” seek out their missing parents.

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A Bizarre Dilemma from Sweden

By Michael Cook

“Resignation syndrome” in refugee children and adolescents in Sweden is one of the most bizarre medical stories of the past decade.

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Royal Paternity Tested in the Modern Age

A royal paternity test in Belgium has far-reaching implications for fertility clinics.

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Will IVF Keep Us Young?

By Michael Cook

Talk of IVF as a solution for declining birth rates is a sign that governments are clutching at straws.

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