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Can prosthetic limbs feel real? Is the FDA softening under pressure? And are Rice Krispies Treats admissible in court?

We cover all that and more this week on “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. STAT’s Gideon Gil joins us to share the remarkable story of an amputation surgery that makes phantom limbs feel like the real thing. Then we discuss the FDA’s surprising reversal on a new treatment for ALS and whether it signals a sea change within the agency. We start with a look at the latest news in the life sciences, including the debate over Covid-19 vaccine boosters, the future of in-person conferences, and a mysterious sweet-toothed observer at Elizabeth Holmes’s fraud trial.

For more on what we cover, here’s the amputation story; here’s more on the FDA; here’s the NPR story on the Holmes trial; here’s more on vaccine boosters; here’s where you can subscribe to the First Opinion Podcast; and here’s our complete coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic.


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