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Monte Morin
Trees and receding water rings are left behind from the receding waters of Pine Flat Reservoir in Sanger, Calif., last fall. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Turning Sewage Into Drinking Water Gains Appeal As Drought Lingers

As a fourth year of drought continues to drain aquifers and reservoirs, California water managers and environmentalists are urging adoption of a polarizing water recycling policy known as direct potable reuse.

May 29, 2015

Doorstep Visits Change Attitudes On Gay Marriage

New research reveals a powerful way to change attitudes on marriage equality.

December 12, 2014

FDA Panel Considers Lifting Ban On Blood Donations By Gay Men

What’s more important to the FDA — saving lives, or petty politics?

November 14, 2014

California Orders Quarantine For Workers Who Had Contact With Ebola

Is this strict new measure warranted?

October 30, 2014

Another Ebola Challenge: Disposing Of Medical Waste

Medical authorities are thinking logistically about how to deal with Ebola and the medical waste it produces.

October 20, 2014

Scientists Study Evolutionary Roots Of Lethal Combat Among Chimpanzees

What does this research say about human behavior?

September 18, 2014

What Can Fido Teach Us About Jealousy?

By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times Jealousy is such a powerful emotion that at least one study has characterized it as the third leading cause of non-accidental homicide in all cultures. Is it possible that this universal green-eyed monster evolved as a survival mechanism? In a study published this week in the journal Plos One, […]

July 24, 2014

HIV Establishes Viral Reservoirs With Surprising Speed

By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times In a sobering discovery, researchers say that rapid treatment of HIV-like infections in monkeys failed to prevent the establishment of persistent viral reservoirs in as little as three days. The study, published Sunday in the journal Nature, comes on the heels of news that the so-called Mississippi Baby — […]

July 21, 2014

Smoking May Increase Suicide Risk, Study Says

By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — It’s well-known that cigarettes are bad for your health, but does smoking make you more likely to kill yourself too? In a paper published this week in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, authors argued that smoking and suicide may be more closely related than previously […]

July 18, 2014

Ticks May Have Carried Lyme Disease For More Than 15 Million Years

By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — A tiny tick trapped in a droplet of amber more than 15 million years ago appears to have been infected with a bacteria similar to the one that causes Lyme disease in humans, according to new research. In a paper published recently in the journal Historical […]

May 30, 2014

Hungry For A Helping Of Test Tube Meat? Maybe You Should Be

By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times If the notion of biting into a hamburger made from lab-cultured stem cells doesn’t make your mouth water, perhaps your brain can find it appetizing. That’s the view of two Dutch professors who argue that meat grown in enormous test tubes, or bioreactors, can provide an ever more prosperous world […]

May 20, 2014

Study: Married Couples Have More DNA In Common Than Random Pairs Of People

By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times A study of white married couples in the U.S. — the majority of who were born in the 1930s — concluded that spouses are more genetically similar to each other than they are to random individuals. In a paper published Monday in the journal PNAS, a team of social and […]

May 20, 2014

More Than 4 Percent Of Death Row Inmates Wrongly Convicted, Study Says

By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — A new study argues that more than 4 percent of all defendants who have been sentenced to death — and who remain under threat of execution — are probably innocent. In a paper published this week in the journal PNAS, a team of researchers statistically examined the […]

April 29, 2014

Scientists Report Another Embryonic Cloning Success

By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Scientists have taken skin cells from a woman suffering from Type 1 diabetes, reprogrammed them into embryonic stem cells, and then converted those cells into insulin-producing cells in mice, according to a new study. The announcement, which comes soon after another stem cell success involving therapeutic […]

April 28, 2014

Hear Me Now? Gene Therapy Improves ‘Bionic Ear’ Technology

By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times A procedure that uses a series of electric jolts to inject lab-designed DNA molecules into cells of the inner ear may help to regrow auditory nerves in people with profound hearing loss, according to researchers. In a paper published Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine, Australian researchers said they used […]

April 23, 2014

A Leap For Stem Cells

By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES—Scientists have replicated one of the most significant accomplishments in stem cell research by creating human embryos that were clones of two men. The lab-engineered embryos were harvested within days and used to create lines of infinitely reproducing embryonic stem cells, which are capable of growing into any type […]

April 18, 2014

FDA Approves Device To Treat Migraine Headaches

By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the marketing of an electronic medical device intended to treat migraine headaches. In an announcement released Tuesday, officials said the transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS, device was the first ever to receive such approval. The device, which will be marketed […]

March 11, 2014

Glucosamine: No Cure For Knee Pain Or Deterioration, Study Says

By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — A daily glucosamine drink supplement failed to prevent deterioration of knee cartilage, reduce bone bruises or ease knee pain, according to a recent short-term study of the popular, if controversial, dietary product. In a paper published Tuesday in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, authors studied the […]

March 11, 2014