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An essential but ‘disturbing’ question: What if coronavirus is here for good?

Most of the optimistic ideas about what to do about SARS-CoV-2 involve engineering the virus's extinction. We could ramp up ...
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Coronavirus antibody tests: Can they return us to ‘normal’?

When will life return to normal, or at least a new normal? A major answer to the question of when ...
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We’re using a lot of experimental coronavirus treatments. That could make it harder to figure out what works

Use of unproven treatments like hydroxychloroquine could be obscuring clinical trials of other interventions ...
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‘Perfect storm’: Why the coronavirus shut the world down, when SARS, Ebola and swine flu didn’t

In the past two decades, the world battled Ebola, SARS and more than one major flu outbreak. Those left tragedies ...
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Scouring coronavirus patient genes to answer a question: Why do some people get deathly sick, when others don’t?

COVID-19, caused by the new pandemic coronavirus, is strangely—and tragically—selective. Only some infected people get sick, and although most of ...
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Can we trust coronavirus antibody tests never reviewed by the FDA?

The Food and Drug Administration, criticized for slowness in authorizing tests to detect coronavirus infections, has taken a strikingly different ...
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Not just the lungs: Coronavirus also wreaks havoc on the brain

As the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases worldwide reaches 2 million, clinicians are realizing the disease doesn’t just ravage the ...
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Viewpoint: How precautionary public health policy turned coronavirus into a ‘global train wreck’

Worldwide coronavirus response was a failure in risk management ...
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Podcast: Coronavirus conspiracies deadlier than the disease? Next pandemic worse? Spit test spots more COVID-19

A dearth of coronavirus tests has exacerbated the COVID-19 pandemic in the US and elsewhere, but a newly FDA-approved test ...
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‘Sloppy’ CDC lab practices blamed for tainted coronavirus tests in early stages of pandemic

As the new coronavirus took root across America, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent states tainted test ...
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Genetic analysis tracks spread of 3 primary coronavirus variants

Researchers from Cambridge, U.K., and Germany have used a genetic network technique known as phylogenetic network analysis to reconstruct the ...
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‘A lot of secrets’ in coronavirus genomes: Why are some strains so deadly, while others remain more mild?

[In 1965, a] group of researchers in England, led by Dr. David Tyrrell, was learning more about the common cold ...
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Anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine linked to higher death rate in VA coronavirus patient study

An anti-malarial drug President Trump has aggressively promoted to treat covid-19 had no benefit and was linked to higher rates ...
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How Liberia’s decisive response to contain the Ebola outbreak provides a blueprint for how to manage the coronavirus and future pandemics

In April of 2014, an outbreak of a disease named after the Ebola River in Congo was reported in Guinea, ...
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Can GMO tobacco plants produce vaccines for the coronavirus, flu and ebola?

The battle against COVID-19 will never be won before the majority of the population gains immunity to the new coronavirus ...
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Searching for ‘animal zero’ and the origins of the coronavirus outbreak

The COVID-19 pandemic that’s currently ravaging the world started with a simple virus in an animal. Viruses like this, which ...
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Curing sickle-cell disease with a more accurate CRISPR technique?

For many serious diseases, the statistics tell just half the story. Sickle-cell disease (SCD) is no exception. Yes, we can ...
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Cytokine storms: How your own body fights against you during a coronavirus infection

When the body first encounters a virus or a bacterium, the immune system ramps up and begins to fight the ...
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Video: What are the chances that Moderna’s experimental coronavirus vaccine will work?

A vaccine for COVID-19 has entered Phase 1 of clinical trials in Seattle. How was it made? And how likely ...
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New York’s coronavirus outbreak traced to travelers who arrived from Europe in February before travel ban was imposed

New research indicates that the coronavirus began to circulate in the New York area by mid-February, weeks before the first ...
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Infographic: From vaccines to drugs, chasing ‘silver bullets’ targeting the fast-moving coronavirus

For drug companies, there is suddenly only one priority: the coronavirus. More than 140 experimental drug treatments and vaccines for ...
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‘Colossal Maybes’: Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine ‘largely failed’ to improve coronavirus patient survival rates in early, small studies

The malaria drugs touted by President Trump as potentially “the biggest game changers in the history of medicine” have received ...
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Podcast: Coronavirus ‘antidote’ from recovered patient blood? Did the virus escape from a lab? Anti-science activism causes needless harm

While political leaders and scientists speculate that coronavirus is beginning to loosen its grip on the world, hospitals are considering ...
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Did COVID-19 escape from a lab?

A frenzy of speculation has arisen around the idea that the novel coronavirus responsible for the global COVID-19 pandemic might ...
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What is it about the coronavirus genome that makes it so dangerous?

In January, scientists deciphered a piece of very bad news: the genome of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. The ...
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‘Like trying to hit a moving target’: Why it’s so difficult to attack cancer with targeted gene therapies

We are, it seems, still a long way off from a cure, in any ordinary sense of the term. Yet ...
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These 2 ‘crucial and very different’ tests could help us contain the coronavirus

Amidst a slew of shortages and logistical hurdles, American researchers are now slowly rolling out two crucial and very different ...