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Coronavirus test uncertainty: False negatives could be as high as 30 percent

Health experts say they now believe nearly one in three patients who are infected are nevertheless getting a negative test ...
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Using artificial intelligence to predict who will get sickest from coronavirus

Scientists in the United States and China have developed a prototype artificial intelligence (AI) tool that, in a small-scale study, ...
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Dark side of CRISPR: Rogue scientists could design something nastier than the coronavirus

When we’ve emerged on the other side of the pandemic, Covid-19 will someday make a good story. But I worry ...
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Synthetic biology amps up ‘decades-old’ vaccine technology

According to STAT, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Institute of Health (NIH) are betting on synthetic biology to ...
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Coronavirus can remain viable on everyday surfaces for up to 3 days. Here’s how to protect yourself

Disinfecting an area takes time and effort. And there is only so much you can do ...
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Pigs could accelerate coronavirus vaccine development

The Pirbright Institute is joining in the global battle to help control COVID-19 by using its unique expertise and facilities ...
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Racing to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, using technologies both old and new

The need to rapidly develop a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 comes at a time of explosion in basic scientific understanding, including ...
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‘Virtual dating’ and how the coronavirus is changing the romantic landscape

Welcome to dating and sex during the coronavirus pandemic. Dating apps have struggled; after all, the whole point of dating ...
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Why social distancing is so crucial in the fight against COVID-19

While Covid-19 is different in many ways from the Spanish flu – particularly in terms of who it affects and its ...
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Inoculating yourself against coronavirus conspiracy theories

To understand why there’s so much misinformation out there — for example, that the virus was purposely created in a ...
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Dealing with ‘confusing directives’, US doctors seek coronavirus advice from Chinese counterparts

Now, fed up with what they see as inadequate and confusing directives from public health authorities, many physicians are trying ...
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3 million COVID-19 vaccines a week by June? British American Tobacco in pre-clinical trials on cloning-developed plant-based antigen

British American Tobacco (BAT), which makes Lucky Strike and Benson & Hedges, says it is developing a vaccine for Covid-19, ...
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How long are you infectious? COVID-19 patients struggle to find an answer

Reyhan Harmanci is feeling better. After cycling through an illness she thinks was COVID-19, with headache, fever, and nausea, her ...
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Coronavirus might push us towards a more automated society

There’s plenty of hope and opportunity to be found in this crisis. Peter Xing, a keynote speaker and writer on ...
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‘Stealth’ technology could mean universal blood transfusions—regardless of blood type

Scientists have created a “stealth” red blood cell that camouflages its immune status, meaning it could potentially be transfused into ...
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Infographic: Buying time: What we gain from strong coronavirus measures, including suppression strategies

Summary of the article: Strong coronavirus measures today should only last a few weeks, there shouldn’t be a big peak ...
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CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna turns lab into coronavirus test center

A team of academic and industry researchers led by Jennifer Doudna, the researcher best known for her role in the ...
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Timing ‘couldn’t have been worse’: Why travel restrictions didn’t prevent a coronavirus pandemic

The most extensive travel restrictions to stop an outbreak in human history haven’t been enough. We analyzed the movements of ...
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‘Sophie’s Choice’ in the time of coronavirus: Deciding who gets the ventilator

Three otherwise healthy patients go to the emergency department with severe acute respiratory failure. Only one ventilator, required to sustain ...
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‘Nothingburger of a paper’ and why we still don’t know if anti-malarial drugs work against the coronavirus

Last week, I wrote about an experimental treatment for COVID-19 that repurposes old drugs. One version of the treatment uses ...
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Science to the rescue? How modern genetics could help save the world from coronavirus

Humanity really has only two options to confront the coronavirus pandemic currently sweeping the planet. The first is to mount ...
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Viewpoint: World Health Organization, China must be held accountable for ‘recklessly managing’ coronavirus pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) [March 11] finally declared the coronavirus from China that rapidly spread across the world a pandemic ...
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Coronavirus may survive longer than expected on uncleaned surfaces

The news: There were still traces of coronavirus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship 17 days after it emptied of passengers, according to a ...
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Getting past the coronavirus: ‘A road map to reopening’ by the American Enterprise Institute

Executive Summary This report provides a road map for navigating through the current COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. It ...
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What’s ‘race’ got to do with it? Most of sub-Saharan Africa emerges as coronavirus ‘cold spot’, which may offer clues to finding COVID-19 vaccine

Do diseases discriminate on the basis of 'race'—or their genetic population, using more precise terminology? On the surface, this may ...
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There are 7 coronaviruses that infect humans. Here’s what makes SARS-CoV-2 so dangerous

SARS-CoV-2 is not the flu. It causes a disease with different symptoms, spreads and kills more readily, and belongs to a completely ...
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Warm weather won’t solve COVID-19 pandemic by itself

Many infectious diseases wax and wane with the changing months. Some, like flu, spike when the weather turns cold, while others, ...
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DNA tests can guide breast cancer treatment, while also raising questions we can’t yet answer

In a new era of precision medicine, the role of genetics is becoming increasingly critical to determine who might benefit ...