Five MU faculty elected AAAS fellows

Careers involving pigs, stem cells, protein structures and a range of other research areas won five MU faculty members spots as 2015 fellows in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society. The award, which dates back to 1874, recognizes members of AAAS whose scientific work or work promoting…

Experts weigh the ethics of human gene editing

Imagine the potential for modifying human genes. Start small, and imagine curing genetically inherited diseases. Then picture children resistant to certain diseases, or a human race entirely tolerant of lactose. But also imagine children designed for superior intelligence. Or, to take another leap toward the fantastical, children designed to perceive infrared light, tolerate weightlessness or harness the energy…

Newly detected gravitational waves are window to the universe, LIGO spokesperson says

  By Lauren Puckett WASHINGTON, D.C – Colliding black holes have a heartbeat. It just took scientists 1.3 billion years to hear it. Fresh from the announcement Feb. 11 that researchers had detected gravitational waves, ripples in spacetime itself, a triumphant Gabriela González appeared at the AAAS Global Science Engagement in Washington, D.C. February 12. González, spokesperson…

In Guinea, the ebola vaccine looks promising but answers are elusive

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Months after the start of an ebola vaccine trial, statisticians and scientists are still crunching the numbers to answer a crucial question: Does the vaccine work? World Health Organization medical officer Ana Maria Henao-Restrepo told an audience at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual conference Friday, “I can’t answer that.” Such is…

Science writers define their voice amidst controversy

By Rachel Zamzow SAN JOSE — What is the job of science journalists? Are we cheerleaders for science, detached translators or bold truth-tellers? And how does this role shift in the face of polarizing controversy? Science writers covering the 2015 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science debated these roles Friday…