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A robust democratic society relies on an informed populace. The best science journalism brings the public inside the scientific process, provides trustworthy information, and supports community engagement with the social implications of science and innovation. High-quality reporting avoids conflict of interest and recognizes that multiple perspectives help shape the "truth" we all share.

The Sally Lehrman clip file: Science clips

A sampling of print and online coverage.


Stem cell hopes and realities

Stem cellSkin cells reprogrammed to take on the myriad roles of embryonic stem cells may not bypass moral conundrums at all. In fact, these iPS cells may raise even more perilous issues, bioethicists say. In Scientific American. Stem cell boosters promised miracles for people like Nancy Walls, who has Parkinson's disease and whose husband is a stem cell researcher. How do they -- and we -- balance our hope for cures with scientific reality? In California magazine.

 

Sex determination beyond X and Y

Eric VilainBabies born with mixed sex organs often get immediate surgery. New genetic studies, Eric Vilain says, should force a rethinking of sex assignment and gender identity. In Scientific American.

Q&A on sex determination with Vilain Excerpts from an interview with geneticist Eric Vilain on sex determination. In SciAm.com.

 

Ancestry tracing for African Americans

African AncestryEven as population geneticists battle over the meaning of race, cline and "biogeographical ancestry," a small industry has emerged out of the quest to understand human migration and identity. In Scientific American.

 

DNA identifies war crime victims

ICMPFor 10 years, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has been assembling dataon the 40,000 civilians who disappeared in the wars that followed the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. In Scientific American.

View a slide show of the DNA matching process used in Bosnia-Herzegovina to identify massacre victims.

Intersex battles: The sex police

Baby with rulerQuietly and in near secrecy, pediatric urologists and other specialists decide what are the minimum qualifications for manhood, correcting any babies with ambiguous genitalia — known as “intersexed” — before their births are announced to the world. Now parents, doctors and researchers are reevaluating what it means to be male and female. In Salon.com.


Nature into Nurture

Darlene Francis

Nutrition, exposure to toxics, even a mother's touch can cause heritable changes in gene expression, according to new research by behavioral neuroscientist Darlene Francis and others. This is a radically different view of heredity, one that adds complexity to the common notion of DNA as the immutable set of instructions for life.