The case against a Chinese scientist’s “CRISPR twins” experiment has been laid out in Nature Medicine. He Jiankui attempted to engineer human embryos with a rare genetic variant known for protecting against HIV infection—but which also comes with a 21% higher mortality rate…

A surge of alcohol poisonings in Iran reveal that the county’s criminalization of alcohol for Muslim citizens— about 99% of the population—is insufficient.   Overall, alcohol consumption in Iran is lower than in non-Muslim majority countries, but bootleg alcohol is common.…

Amid a spiraling Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, traditional healers remain the front line of medicine, raising concern about their outsize influence. In Africa there are 80X more traditional healers than medical doctors, writes Donald G. McNeil, Jr…

Even as HIV infections and new diagnoses are falling in the US, they are increasing among Latino gay and bisexual men under 30.   Black, gay and bisexual men have the highest risk of being infected with HIV, yet the second highest risk group—Latinos—are not benefitting from…

In the midst of America’s opioid crisis, the successes of the 1990s HIV response are often held up as a blueprint for how to tackle threats to population health. But there are key lessons to be learned from its failures as well—and that requires “a less celebratory…

Targeted by the Trump administration, an HIV research lab that relies on fetal tissue from elective abortions faces an uncertain future.   Last week, the NIH notified the University of California at San Francisco research center—which has played an instrumental role in…

From an unlikely research hub in Idaho’s Rocky Mountains, some 600 groundhogs are being deployed to test a bevy of drugs designed to offer a permanent cure for hepatitis B—which requires a lifetime of daily drugs to treat. As natural hosts of an HBV cousin, the rodents are…

Approaching the 30th World AIDS Day this Saturday, a new WHO European Region and ECDC report reveals alarmingly high numbers of new HIV infections. In 2017, 160,000 people in the WHO’s European Region were newly diagnosed. The eastern part of the region saw an all-time high…

Chinese medical documents that went online this month indicate that an elite biologist has begun recruiting couples to create the first CRISPR babies. Clinical trial documents detail plans to transfer modified human embryos into women's uteruses and create genetically…

The Aquarius migrant rescue ship carrying passengers from Libya was ordered seized by Italian authorities who said passengers’ discarded clothes could have been contaminated with HIV, meningitis and tuberculosis. Médecins Sans Frontières has been fined €460,000 and 24…