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Why controlling COVID-19 outbreaks could make it harder to test a vaccine

The aim is a vaccine by January, and money is no object. On May 21, the US said it would ...
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Illegal to eat ice cream on a cone? Bring your own cutlery to barbecues; No more locally-sourced olive oil in bottles, just plastic pouches: Europe’s ‘baffling’ COVID-19 regulations

Europe is lifting its lockdowns, but the new rules to battle the coronavirus are baffling Europeans as the continent goes ...
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Viewpoint: Stanford epidemiologist John Ioannidis’ COVID-19 controversy illustrates the politicization of science

The critical questions the Stanford professor is raising about Covid-19 have gotten lost amid partisan bickering ...
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Contact tracing promises to curb the spread of COVID-19 in New York–if privacy fears can be overcome

Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers will be asked to disclose personal information this month as part of the city’s ...
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Ethical pros and cons of infecting healthy volunteers in quest for COVID-19 vaccine

Instead of vaccinating hundreds to thousands of people and waiting to see if they naturally catch the virus, scientists would ...
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‘It’s been so chaotic’: US government ‘Operation Warp Speed’ may not be focusing on developing the most promising COVID-19 vaccines

When the news broke [June 3] that Operation Warp Speed had selected five experimental COVID-19 vaccines to fast-track through testing ...
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‘A new way of life’: UK launches COVID-19 contact tracing system with voluntary self-isolation

A test-and-trace system to find and isolate people who come into contact with coronavirus will be launched in the U.K ...
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Lancet medical journal retracts much-questioned COVID-19 ‘observational study’ that raised safety alarms about hydroxychloroquine

The Lancet, one of the world’s top medical journals, on [June 4] retracted an influential study that raised alarms about ...
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Viewpoint: Lawyers win and science loses in Johnson & Johnson decision to halt US baby powder sales

Scientists say that talcum baby powder doesn't cause cancer. Trial lawyers say it does. As usual, the lawyers win. Scientists, ...
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Infographic: Most Americans still trust scientists

It’s easy to look around right now and conclude that popular public opinion has turned against scientists. Twitter hashtags have ...
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Coronavirus rekindles age-old debate: Should human genes be patentable?

The sudden surge in the demand for a vaccine has seen the biotechnology industry rush to innovation and testing, which, ...
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Infographic: Racing to create affordable at-home test for COVID-19

To stretch beyond the lab, test developers are racing to produce next-stage technologies that could allow for rapid widespread testing ...
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Hydroxychloroquine trials halted after World Health Organization cites ‘significantly higher risk of death’ for COVID-19 patients

The World Health Organization has suspended testing of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine after a study published in The Lancet reported ...
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Accidental side effect: COVID-19 pandemic could give polio ‘a fresh start’

The world’s total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is closing in on 5 million. But an accidental side effect of ...
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‘Automation is in a tailspin’: How the pandemic has disrupted AI’s ability to understand us

When covid-19 hit, we started buying things we’d never bought before. The shift was sudden: the mainstays of Amazon’s top ...
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Experimental Parkinson’s treatment draws ethics scrutiny with wealthy donor selected as first patient

A secretive experiment revealed [May 12], in which neurosurgeons transplanted brain cells into a patient with Parkinson’s disease, made medical ...
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Video: There were objections to Spanish flu lockdowns too. Bad things happened when critics got their way

During the Spanish flu era, officials pushing public health mandates to stop the pandemic in its tracks were met with ...
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Viewpoint: US government’s coronavirus response a ‘living nightmare’

It sounds like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has become completely dysfunctional. The Secretary, Dr. Azar (ex-lobbyist ...
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First, we need a coronavirus vaccine. Then we need to figure out who gets it first

Several drugmakers that have been building up their capabilities to make coronavirus vaccines, have pledged to deliver millions of doses ...
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Conflict of Interest? Whistleblower alleges study by Stanford’s John Ioannidis critical of lockdown funded by wealthy corporate donor critical of lockdown

A highly influential coronavirus antibody study was funded in part by David Neeleman, the JetBlue Airways founder and a vocal ...
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From bioterror to bioerror: Who’s afraid of biohacking?

In March, amateur scientists in Sydney announced they had created a COVID-19 test kit that is simpler, faster, and cheaper ...
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Viewpoint: We can’t let the coronavirus open a ‘back door’ to eugenics

The NHS response to Covid-19 has been incredible. It has shown the strong commitment by the medical profession and society ...
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A right to know? Should children be told when a parent’s genetic test reveals hereditary risks?

What are the legal, professional and ethical, duties or responsibilities of researchers and clinicians in handling genetic testing and the ...
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Abbott expects to ship 90 million coronavirus antibody tests over next two months after FDA grants emergency approval

The Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization for Abbott Laboratories’ new coronavirus test that detects Covid-19 antibodies.... Abbott ...
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Podcast: We need a vaccine ‘Manhattan Project’ to defeat COVID-19

The only way to truly end the novel coronavirus pandemic is to develop an effective vaccine. And while there are ...
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Viewpoint: Medical ethics shouldn’t stop coronavirus vaccine researchers from experimenting on healthy people

The pandemic has thrown previous moral assumptions into disarray. ... Research ethics normally prohibits exposing human subjects to significant risk ...
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Podcast: GMOs = witchcraft? ‘Big Ag’ didn’t cause coronavirus; Remdesivir for COVID-19

We finally have a drug to treat COVID-19 in remdesivir, but how well does it work? Anti-GMO activists have blamed ...
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‘Money being made from people’s suffering’: Selling blood samples from coronavirus survivors

Some biotech companies are cashing in on the race to produce coronavirus antibody tests, taking blood samples from people who ...