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Are vaccines immunity ‘silver bullets’ to protect us against COVID-19? It depends on how quickly the coronavirus mutates.

Recent studies on COVID-19 mutation rates have revealed promising data that has given scientists across the globe a boost in ...
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160 new coronavirus-fighting drug and vaccine candidates in development

While President Trump continues to promote antimalarial drugs such as hydroxychloroquine sulfate and azithromycin to treat COVID-19 ... the global ...
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Coronavirus pill? Oral antiviral medication shows promise, slated for human tests

An oral medicine was able to hinder the coronavirus behind COVID-19 as it attempted to replicate itself in human lung ...
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Children born more than 3 weeks premature may develop language problems

[R]esearchers have looked at the language development of preterm children – both those born three weeks early and those born ...
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Saliva-based test for coronavirus gets emergency FDA approval

There are now more options for COVID-19 testing as the US Food and Drug Administration gave emergency use authorization on ...
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Video: The evolution, genetics and virulence of coronaviruses

UC Berkeley professor and IGI Investigator Britt Glaunsinger, PhD, explains the evolution, genetics, and virulence of coronaviruses. The rapid spread ...
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Plant virus that combats fungal pathogens may yield low-cost COVID-19 vaccine

A variety of scientists worldwide are changing their primary research focus these days with the aim to bring solutions for ...
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‘Public Panic Pandemic’: How our reaction to the coronavirus makes things worse than they should be

Deconstructing the epidemiology of a global panic ...
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Human trials underway on 2 coronavirus vaccines in China

China has started clinical trials on two potential COVID-19 vaccines, the country's official state-run press agency reported citing the State ...
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How many people have contracted the coronavirus but are not showing symptoms? Study of pregnant women in New York City finds 13.5% are asymptomatic

In recent weeks, Covid-19 has rapidly spread throughout New York City. The obstetrical population presents a unique challenge during this ...
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Targeting cancer cells by ‘putting the brakes’ on their ability to mutate and evolve

The vast majority of cancer deaths in the US come about not because of a lack of treatment, but because ...
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‘Next wave’ of coronavirus tests should reveal scope of the pandemic

Health departments, hospitals and companies around the world are rolling out the next wave in coronavirus tests, which look in ...
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Questioning the reliability of common autism screening tool

A short, widely used screening survey for autism called the Autism Spectrum Quotient – 10 items (AQ-10) may not be ...
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Coronavirus ’10 times deadlier than 2009 flu pandemic’; immunity still an unknown, says World Health Organization

People who have recovered from COVID-19 may or may not be immune to getting sick again – and it's too ...
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Can genetics explain the degrees of misery inflicted by the coronavirus?

“The single biggest threat to man's continued dominance on the planet is the virus.” Joshua Lederberg, Nobel Prize in Physiology ...
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Wave of coronavirus conspiracies might be ‘just as dangerous for societies as the outbreak itself’

The coronavirus has given rise to a flood of conspiracy theories, disinformation and propaganda, eroding public trust and undermining health ...
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Could GMO microbes, plants yield larger quantities of heart drug digoxin?

Foxglove plants, found in many gardens, are known for the showers of bell-shaped flowers they produce. But plants belonging to ...
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Skin patch with 400 needles: Another potential coronavirus vaccine ready for human testing

Jonas Salk developed the polio vaccine at a University of Pittsburgh lab. The deadly disease that crippled infants disappeared almost ...
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‘Next time we might not be so lucky’: The coronavirus shows why we need to learn more about viral threats

Living through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all now seeing the consequences of a failure to plan ahead when an ...
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Infographic: 3 strategies for finding coronavirus treatments

The scientific community is working around the clock, not only to protect us from COVID-19, but to prevent future strains ...
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Podcast: Don’t treat that fever—Dr. Paul Offit on why many of medicine’s most popular practices are ‘overkill’

Vaccine skeptics, alternative health advocates and anti-GMO activists are regularly lambasted for ignoring evidence that challenges their ideology. As it ...
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If you survive the coronavirus, do you gain immunity? And for how long?

Scientists don’t yet have definitive answers about SARS-CoV-2 immunity. For now, people who have had the disease appear unlikely to ...
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‘Failures aren’t for lack of trying’: The quest to find a drug for Alzheimer’s

In February, pharmaceutical companies Roche and Eli Lilly announced that two experimental drugs they had developed for Alzheimer’s disease had ...
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Lessons learned from the past: Why rushing a coronavirus vaccine could be dangerous

Annual flu shots don’t need to go through clinical trials every time they are adjusted for each year’s flu strain, ...
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What the rest of the world can learn from Iceland’s mass coronavirus testing project

Big data can come from small places. Iceland’s isolated location and sparse population mean that some vital information about the ...
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How would a coronavirus antibody test work?

The hunt is on for a coronavirus antibody test that tells people whether they have had COVID-19 and are immune ...
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Opinion: To reduce the likelihood of future pandemics, we need to rethink our relationship with wild animals and wild places

This article by Christian Walzer originally ran at Ensia and has been republished here with permission. The COVID-19 coronavirus has ...
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Podcast: Nothing about me without me—The importance of involving patients in genomic research

Kat Arney discusses why it’s so important to make sure that academic and commercial genomics research studies involve patients and ...