Richard Harris Award-winning journalist Richard Harris reports on biomedical research for NPR's newsmagazines, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
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CDC Zeroing In On THC-Based Vaping Products As A Major Source Of Lung Injuries

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FDA Sends Warning Letter To Vaping Company Juul

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UK Biobank has granted 10,000 qualified scientists access to its large database of genetic sequences and other medical data, but other organizations with databases have been far more restrictive in giving access. KTSDESIGN/Getty Images/Science Photo Library hide caption

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How Should Scientists' Access To Health Databanks Be Managed?

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UK Biobank, based in Manchester, England, is the largest blood-based research project in the world. The research project will involve at least 500,000 people across the U.K., and follow their health for next 30 years or more, providing a resource for scientists battling diseases. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images hide caption

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UK Biobank Requires Earth's Geneticists To Cooperate, Not Compete

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Researchers looked for genetic variants linked to sexual behavior in new genetic research that analyzed DNA from donated blood samples from nearly half a million middle-aged people from Britain who participated in a project called UK Biobank. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images hide caption

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Search For 'Gay Genes' Comes Up Short In Large New Study

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Researchers in Nigeria are participating in an African effort to develop a biobank that reflects the rich genetic diversity of Africa. Yann Arthus-Bertrand/Getty Images hide caption

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Lack Of Diversity In Genetic Databases Hampers Research

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A study conducted in six Canadian cities found a link between maternal consumption of fluoride during pregnancy and intelligence of their offspring. vitapix/Getty Images hide caption

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Can Maternal Fluoride Consumption During Pregnancy Lower Children's Intelligence?

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FDA Rolls Out New Graphic Warnings For Cigarette Packages And Tobacco Ads

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Health workers in protective suits tend to an Ebola victim kept in an isolation cube in Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Jerome Delay/AP hide caption

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2 Experimental Ebola Drugs Saved Lives In Congo Outbreak

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Trust In Scientists Is Rising, Poll Finds

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Bacteria (purple) in the bloodstream can trigger sepsis, a life-threatening illness. Steve Gschmeissner/ScienceSource hide caption

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Regulations That Mandate Sepsis Care Appear To Have Worked In New York

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A decade ago, it seemed inevitable that every newborn would get a complete gene scan. But there are technical challenges and practical concerns. Brooke Pennington/Getty Images hide caption

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The Promises And Pitfalls Of Gene Sequencing For Newborns

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Accumulated Mutations Create A Cellular Mosaic In Our Bodies

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An analysis of air quality and childhood asthma in Los Angeles found that kids' health improved when smog declined. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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When LA's Air Got Better, Kids' Asthma Cases Dropped

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