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A Wife’s Death, a Husband’s Crusade

For one blissful hour on April 12, 2016, Kira and Charles Johnson IV marveled over their healthy newborn son Langston in the recovery room at Los Angeles’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Kira, 39, held the infant in her arms, kissed his head and introduced him to his 19-month-old brother Charles V. “She told him how excited she was and how much she loved him,” Johnson says. “We finally felt like we had it all.” Within hours all that had changed. According to Johnson, Kira began suffering serious complications resulting from the scheduled C-section she’d had at 2:30 that afternoon. Johnson, at h
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It Looks Like We’re One Step Closer to Creating Genetically Modified Humans in a Lab

In vitro fertilization being performed under a microscope Pixabay In a U.S. first, a team of biologists has edited a human embryo’s DNA. The technique has been used before by scientists in China, but never in the United States, where the ethical debate over editing embryos rages on with no consensus in sight. And according to the U.S. team, their trial has achieved an unprecedented level of success. There’s not much information on exactly what was edited, because there is not yet a published paper to accompany the research. MIT Technology Review first reported on Wednesday that Shoukhrat Mital
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Cancer and Kids: Is Medical Marijuana the Answer?

When Sierra Riddle stormed into the conference room at Denver’s child protective services office, the director of the agency was seated there, along with her son’s team of doctors, top administrators from the Children’s Hospital Colorado oncology department and lawyers. She recalls looking one of the physicians in the eye, defiant. “I’m done with this shit,” she remembers saying. “I’m done with you guys bullying us.” Then, she took out a bag and dumped the contents on the table: nine months of cancer drugs prescribed to her son, Landon, who was 4 at the time. He had been diagnosed more than a