Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Gina Kolata New York Times October 30, 2018 NEW YORK — For Dr. Piero Anversa, the fall from scientific grace has been long, and the landing hard.Researchers worldwide once hailed his research as revolutionary, promising the seemingly impossible: a way to grow new heart cells to replace those lost in heart attacks and heart failure, leading killers in the United States.But Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, his former employers, this month accused Anversa and his laboratory of massive scientific malpractice. More than 30 research studies produced over more than a decade contain falsified or fabricated data, officials concluded, and should be retracted. In 2017, the hospital paid a $10 million settlement to the federal government after the Department of Justice alleged that Anversa and two members of his team were … [Read more...] about He Promised to Restore Damaged Hearts. Harvard Says It Was Scientific Malpractice.
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This is the story of the ultimate cult: a wired, high-tech, designer-drug, billion-dollar army of New Age zealots, focused around the leadership of a blind and bearded madman, armed with weapons of mass destruction. Like scenes of an apocalyptic future in a cyberpunk novel, this story is also the stuff of nightmares. Cultists wired electrodes to their heads while chanting ancient mantras and logging on to computer nets. Methamphetamine, LSD, and truth serum - the product of homemade laboratories equipped with the latest gear - ran through their veins. Those same labs worked at refining enough chemical and biological weapons to kill millions. Other cultists attempted to build a nuclear bomb while massive facilities were built to manufacture handguns and explosives. All this activity went toward preparing for - and then unleashing - Armageddon. In 1984, guru Shoko Asahara had a one-room yoga school, a handful of devotees, and a dream: world domination. A decade later, Aum Supreme Truth … [Read more...] about Aum’s Shoko Asahara and the Cult at the End of the World
Tech & Science Archives History Science newsweek archives 40 years ago, on July 25, 1978, Louise Brown became the world's first "test-tube baby." Newsweek featured the remarkable infant on its cover the following week and published a long piece about the rise of in vitro fertilization by longtime science editor Peter Gwynne. Brown is now happily celebrating her 40th birthday. Here is our cover story from 1978 in its entirety. She was born at 11:47 p.m. with a lusty yell, and it was a cry heard round the brave new world. Louise Brown, blond, blue-eyed and just under six pounds, was the first child in history to be conceived outside her mother's body. Her birth last week in a dowdy British mill town was in its way a first—variously hailed as a medical miracle, an ethical mistake and the beginning of a new age of genetic manipulation. But perhaps more important, as Dr. Patrick Steptoe proudly reported, "The anxieties are over. We've got a nice, healthy, normal baby." … [Read more...] about Louise Brown, The World’s First Test-Tube Baby: Revisit Our Cover Story 40 Years Later
Changing demographics and economics are leading to a seismic shift in how dental practices operate, as fewer dentists run their own business. Nearly 70 percent of dentists in New York are still independent, but that percentage is shrinking, according to the American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute. Reasons for the change: Younger dentists are leaving dental school more deeply in debt than in the past, sometimes shouldering half a million dollars in student loans before they start working. Dentists entering the field, including growing numbers of women, often want a work-life balance that business ownership doesn't provide. And large group practices are expanding, sometimes with the backing of private equity money, dentists and other experts said. The hundreds of thousands of dollars owed by dental school graduates makes it unaffordable for them to open their own practices, dentists said. Startup costs include securing real estate … [Read more...] about Economics, demographics lead fewer LI dentists to own their businesses
Law And Order Quick: What’s the basis of the civil lawsuit that high-profile attorney Michael Avenatti is pursuing on behalf of adult film actress Stormy Daniels? It might take you more than a few seconds to recall that the suit is based on an agreement that Daniels signed shortly before the 2016 election, promising not to disclose her (alleged) sexual relationship with Donald Trump. She’s asking a California trial judge to declare that the agreement isn’t enforceable against her because Trump (or his pseudonym, David Dennison) never signed the document, and because it’s void for public policy reasons, too. Avenatti has been racing from one microphone and news camera to another, blaring damning information about Trump’s sometime attorney, Michael Cohen (and, by implication, the president himself). The suit, and Avenatti’s aggressive TV lawyering, has rattled Trump’s legal team, provoking Rudy Giuliani into a series of damaging … [Read more...] about Why Trump Should Fear Michael Avenatti More Than Bob Mueller