Biomedical research is undergoing a sea change, driven in part by federal funding requirements that studies consider biological sex as a factor. Part two of this two-part Arizona Science Desk series explores this cultural shift.
Personalized Medicine Propels New Understanding Of Sex Differences

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Arizona Public Service — the state’s largest utility — has announced a significant move toward massive batteries and, likely, away from coal power. With that, it will also capture solar energy and add that alternative power to the grid.
Feb. 22, 2019
Arizona lawmakers approved three measures that could result in fewer children being vaccinated, this, despite objections from doctors and other medical professionals who say the changes could undermine public health.
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More babies are being born with congenital syphilis in Maricopa County, according to new numbers from public health officials.
Feb. 21, 2019
An Arizona researcher has completed the first ever clinical trial of marijuana to treat PTSD.
Feb. 21, 2019
An Arizona Senate bill that would have created a statewide database of DNA has been dramatically scaled back and then was amended again, all within 72 hours. Arizona Republic reporter Bree Burkitt was at the hearing where the bill passed, and she joined The Show.
Feb. 21, 2019
Across northern Arizona, school, transportation and Navajo Nation officials have all told people to stay home, if they can. As much as 2 feet of snow is expected over parts of the north country. Flagstaff Pulliam Airport has closed because there's no visibility.
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Feb. 21, 2019
Grand Canyon’s safety director recently released a report that said three buckets of uranium ore had exposed park visitors and staff to radiation. But scientists said unprocessed ore poses little danger unless exposed at very close range for long periods of time.
Feb. 20, 2019
The images of polar bears nearly stranded on cracking glaciers or effects of climate change on indigenous communities aren’t hard to find. Some of those photographs from around the world were taken by Cristina Mittermeier.
Feb. 20, 2019
Humans are more alike than different, but small biological distinctions can exert huge health influences. Part one of this two-part series explores the growing importance of biological sex in biomedical research.
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Feb. 20, 2019
Much like human snowbirds, geese flock to Arizona in the winter for warmth. But, also like some snowbirds, some have set up a permanent home here.
Feb. 19, 2019
More Arizonans today — nearly two-thirds in fact — are concerned about climate change and view it as a serious problem. That’s one of the main findings from the latest Conservation in the West Poll.
Feb. 19, 2019
The safety of U.S. elections moved into the spotlight during and following the 2016 campaign season. Congress recently approved $380 million to provide states with additional funding to improve their systems. But has enough been done to fend off problems in 2020? Has the issue become too partisan?
Feb. 19, 2019
A federal judge has shut down efforts by the Goldwater Institute to force the Food and Drug Administration to detail, publicly, how dying people can get access to unapproved medicines.
Feb. 19, 2019
People who flock to Phoenix for the warmer temperatures in the winter have been in for a shock.
Feb. 18, 2019
With a deadline looming at the Arizona Legislature, supporters of a bill to legalize needle exchanges are planning to hold a hearing this week to keep the measure from dying for a second year in a row.
Feb. 18, 2019
“We’ve never had weather like this before,” is a common refrain among Phoenicians, but there’s nothing very unusual about Arizona’s recent rain and cold.
Feb. 18, 2019
Groups argue declaration violates constitution, affects endangered species.
Feb. 17, 2019
Existing data show 89 percent of maternal deaths in the state are preventable. And for every mom that dies, 35 more face significant health problems related to childbirth.
Feb. 15, 2019
A council representing 900 Arizona prosecutors has asked the state Supreme Court to uphold a lower court ruling that criminalizes a popular form of medical marijuana.
Feb. 14, 2019
If you have Valentine’s Day plans, here’s a piece of advice from David Sbarra, professor of psychology at the University of Arizona: Don’t bring your smartphone.
Feb. 14, 2019