The mRNA vaccines battling COVID-19 are revolutionizing virus fighting strategies. Here’s how

The mRNA vaccines battling COVID-19 are revolutionizing virus fighting strategies. Here’s how

British economist Thomas Babington Macaulay challenged a thread of pessimism writing in 1830: “On what principle is it that, when ...
Cure for sickle cell diseases inches closer with launch of gene therapy trial

Cure for sickle cell diseases inches closer with launch of gene therapy trial

For 65 years, scientists have known the cause of sickle cell disease but have been unable to cure it without ...
Vaccine mandates come to colleges: Rutgers becomes one of the first schools to require COVID shots for in-person instruction this fall

Vaccine mandates come to colleges: Rutgers becomes one of the first schools to require COVID shots for in-person instruction this fall

Rutgers University is requiring students attending classes in person this fall to be vaccinated against Covid-19. It is among the ...
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Evolution and COVID-19: How nature is staying one step ahead of vaccines and the dangers that pose for the years ahead

As scientists work to get a handle on [COVID] variants, the situation gives the public a rare front-row seat and ...
Mutant dangers: AstraZeneca vaccine doesn’t protect against South African COVID variant

Mutant dangers: AstraZeneca vaccine doesn’t protect against South African COVID variant

[A] double-blind multicenter study, led by scientists at the South African Medical Research Council Vaccines and Infectious Diseases Analytics Research ...
‘We don’t need to work with BioNTech’: After a successful COVID vaccine collaboration, Pfizer plans on tackling other diseases with mRNA technology alone

‘We don’t need to work with BioNTech’: After a successful COVID vaccine collaboration, Pfizer plans on tackling other diseases with mRNA technology alone

Pfizer will develop new shots using the technology, called mRNA, to target other viruses and pathogens beyond the coronavirus, Chief ...
COVID variants present new threat as US virus cases plateau

COVID variants present new threat as US virus cases plateau

Dr. Ashish K. Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health and a leading expert on infectious diseases, ...
How women turned the tide against smallpox in the 1700s

How women turned the tide against smallpox in the 1700s

Smallpox was far deadlier than the coronavirus the world is currently battling. Fatality rates were as high as 30%, and ...
Is it beneficial, and safe, to mix COVID vaccines from different manufacturers?

Is it beneficial, and safe, to mix COVID vaccines from different manufacturers?

Participants in [a] 13-month study will be given the Oxford/AstraZeneca and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines in different combinations and at different intervals, ...
Which offers more protection: Vaccination or natural  immunity?

Which offers more protection: Vaccination or natural immunity?

According to Sen. Rand Paul – an ophthalmologist, not an infectious disease specialist – natural immunity is better. While not ...
Variants on top of variants: COVID continues to mutate in Brazil, posing more perils to country already crushed by the pandemic

Variants on top of variants: COVID continues to mutate in Brazil, posing more perils to country already crushed by the pandemic

The unchecked spread of the more contagious SARS-CoV-2 variants in Brazil appears to have created even more dangerous versions of ...
While many prisoners agree to vaccinations, prison guards emerge as hotbed of vaccine hesitancy

While many prisoners agree to vaccinations, prison guards emerge as hotbed of vaccine hesitancy

As states have begun COVID-19 inoculations at prisons across the country, corrections employees are refusing vaccines at alarming rates, causing ...
Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder are all in part genetically hard-wired

Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder are all in part genetically hard-wired

To understand the similarities and differences between the genetic patterns of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder, the research ...
World’s most expensive drug: £1.79 million one-off Zolgensma treatment approved by British National Health Service to treat spinal muscular dystrophy in children

World’s most expensive drug: £1.79 million one-off Zolgensma treatment approved by British National Health Service to treat spinal muscular dystrophy in children

Zolgensma, which costs £1.79m per dose, halts the progression of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), which involves loss of movement, muscle ...
‘Another animal in the zoo’: Indian virus expert expects coronavirus to mutate into less harmful variants

‘Another animal in the zoo’: Indian virus expert expects coronavirus to mutate into less harmful variants

Will the coronavirus, which has already killed more than 2 million people worldwide, eventually be eliminated by a global vaccination ...
Even as restrictions on vaccine eligibility disappear, hesitancy mushrooms

Even as restrictions on vaccine eligibility disappear, hesitancy mushrooms

Places like Mississippi that have already scrapped their eligibility rules offer the rest of the country a glimpse of the ...
The B.1.1.7 British COVID variant is sweeping across the United States. How will vaccines fare?

The B.1.1.7 British COVID variant is sweeping across the United States. How will vaccines fare?

The B.1.1.7 variant, first spotted in the UK, is not only more easily transmitted, but it also appears to be ...
About bats and COVID: Why the Wuhan 'lab leak' theory shouldn't be dismissed out of hand, and other reflections one year into the crisis

About bats and COVID: Why the Wuhan ‘lab leak’ theory shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand, and other reflections one year into the crisis

Winston Churchill famously observed that in wartime the truth must be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies. Many of my ...
‘What we have right now does not work’: Gene editing aims to relieve chronic pain

‘What we have right now does not work’: Gene editing aims to relieve chronic pain

In experiments on laboratory mice, researchers found that temporarily repressing a gene involved in sensing pain increases pain tolerance, lowers ...
AI emulates trained dogs’ ability to detect cancer and other diseases, including COVID-19

AI emulates trained dogs’ ability to detect cancer and other diseases, including COVID-19

Humans already employ [dogs’] olfactory acuity for contraband and explosives detection. More recently it has also proved uncannily good at ...
Hope for long-haulers? Vaccines quell symptoms in some patients

Hope for long-haulers? Vaccines quell symptoms in some patients

Some people who have spent months suffering from long-haul covid-19 are taking to social media to report their delight at ...
How business is battling employee vaccine denialism and doubt

How business is battling employee vaccine denialism and doubt

Across industries, business leaders are turning to all-hands staff meetings, video memos and other workplace forums to address skepticism about ...
Toothpaste that can treat peanut allergies? It’s in clinical trials

Toothpaste that can treat peanut allergies? It’s in clinical trials

A New York City–based company has launched a trial to start testing [a new] concept in a small group of ...
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Less than 0.2% — that’s how many fully vaccinated Israelis developed COVID-19 symptoms

Less than 0.2% — that’s how many fully vaccinated Israelis developed COVID-19 symptoms

Out of those who were tested for the coronavirus at least a week after their second shot, less than 1 ...
Infographic: Africa and Asia are lagging behind rest of the world in mass vaccinating their populations

Infographic: Africa and Asia are lagging behind rest of the world in mass vaccinating their populations

More than 345 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered worldwide in the three months since mass inoculation began ...
mRNA COVID vaccine efforts could lead to cancer vaccines within a few years, says BioNTech scientist

mRNA COVID vaccine efforts could lead to cancer vaccines within a few years, says BioNTech scientist

Ozlem Tureci, who co-founded the German company BioNTech with her husband [Ugur Sahin], was working on a way to harness ...
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