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Infographic: 3 factors affecting how viruses jump from animals to humans

Raina Plowright of Montana State University is working with infectious disease experts, ecologists, and a range of other scientists to ...
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Coronavirus vaccines can’t be rushed: We could have one ‘overnight,’ but it has to be proven safe and effective

Scientists across the globe are racing to develop a vaccine that can protect against COVID-19. The global effort has led ...
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Combining acoustic waves and CRISPR to create gene therapies for cancer and genetic disorders

A UCLA-led research team [April 28] reports that it has developed a new method for delivering DNA into stem cells ...
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Biological marker for autism in babies could lead to earlier therapy and better development

A small study by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine has identified a biological marker in the cerebrospinal fluid ...
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Coronavirus vaccine in months, instead of years? Genetic engineering could make it possible

On January 10, when Chinese researchers published the genome of a mysterious, fast-spreading, virus, it confirmed Dan Barouch’s greatest worry ...
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Solving coronavirus medical supply and equipment shortages with cryptocurrency technology

Blockchain technology projects are being developed by companies such as International Business Machines Corp. and Ernst & Young LLC to ...
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No, the coronavirus was not genetically engineered in a Wuhan lab, scientists believe

You could be forgiven for wondering how a disease as fast-moving and deadly as COVID-19 could just appear naturally, out ...
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Quest for coronavirus treatment inspires modern twist on antique technique using survivors’ plasma

There's no shortage of research efforts looking for ways to stop, or at least slow down, the novel coronavirus. Of ...
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Viewpoint: We can reopen the economy, but won’t get ‘back to normal’ without a coronavirus vaccine

During his time at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Farzad Mostashari, M.D., investigated infectious disease outbreaks. Mostashari also ...
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Genetic tracking helps contain Ebola outbreaks. Why hasn’t it worked with the coronavirus?

The first sign that viral genomics might transform epidemiology came in the wake of the 2013-16 Ebola epidemic in West ...
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Viewpoint: Anti-vax group says ‘the elite’ are using COVID-19 to usher in a ‘techno-communist global government’

Children's Health Defense says governments and corporations are using the coronavirus (SARS-COV-2) to advance a "global immunization agenda." The anti-vaccine ...
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11 things to know about genetic engineering, including how it’s helping us fight disease

What are some interesting facts about genetic engineering, and why it is important? … Genetically engineered things are actually all ...
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Are coronavirus antigen tests the key to finding a way out of the pandemic crisis?

PCR testing isn’t perfect, but it’s seen as the most accurate form of testing available for viruses. Unfortunately, it takes ...
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Infographic: Tracking coronavirus strains with genetic ‘barcodes’

Drexel University researchers have reported a method to quickly identify and label mutated versions of the virus that causes COVID-19 ...
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Speeding up coronavirus vaccine development by intentionally infecting the healthy? Volunteers are lining up

Momentum is building to speed the development of coronavirus vaccines by intentionally infecting healthy, young volunteers with the virus. A ...
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Smartphone DNA testing app offers ‘ultra-portable’ health and environmental monitoring tool

On-the-spot DNA tests could prove invaluable to doctors, farmers, and officials responsible for food safety or environmental monitoring. Now Chinese ...
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Taming the body’s immune response could offer treatment option for coronavirus

Among the many outstanding questions about COVID-19 is how the same virus, SARS-CoV-2, can kill some patients and leave others ...
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11 GMO, gene-edited animals and plants that will help us battle hunger and disease

The Genetic modification of foods, organisms, and animals, is very controversial, for quite obvious reasons. And yet, the practice has ...
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‘Self-destruct mechanism’ could lead to malaria vaccine

While a vaccine would be the ideal method for eliminating malaria from the human population, all attempts thus far to ...
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Does the coronavirus ‘linger in the air’ long enough be dangerous? Why we can’t answer that question.

Scientists are debating a key aspect of the coronavirus that causes covid-19: whether the virus lingers in the air for ...
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Secretive coalition of scientists, billionaires pushing Manhattan Project-inspired coronavirus solution

A dozen of America’s top scientists and a collection of billionaires and industry titans say they have the answer to ...
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Emergency FDA authorization of remdesivir expected after experimental coronavirus drug shows promise in trial

The F.D.A. plans to announce ... an emergency use authorization for remdesivir, an experimental antiviral drug that is being tested ...
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Podcast: Norman Borlaug a hero? Spread coronavirus for herd immunity? CRISPR v. agroecology

Norman Borlaug's Green Revolution saved an estimated billion people from starvation, but critics contend his work brought severe environmental and ...
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If remdesivir trials fail, an effective treatment for the coronavirus may be far off

It's only one trial, and we don't even know if the report is correct. But a leaked draft report indicated ...
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UK considers coronavirus-free medical centers to get cancer treatments back on track

Thousands of cancer patients in the UK have had their treatment stopped or delayed because of COVID-19, and with pressures ...
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Injecting tumors with a flu shot ignites cancer-killing immune response in mice

Nearly 5,000 years ago, Egyptian physician Imhotep observed a grotesque but revealing detail about tumors: some grew so large that ...
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‘Digital’ contact tracing: How would the US react to coronavirus containment effort that tracks our cell phones?

There’s a reason contact tracing has survived the test of time: it works. Thanks to epic efforts at hunting down ...
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Viewpoint: US failure to ‘study drugs more quickly’ means more people are dying from coronavirus

When medical historians look back at the Covid-19 pandemic, they will reckon with how the United States, with its vast ...