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Will our ‘insatiable desire’ to eat meat cause the next disease pandemic?

It’s easy for those of us in the Western world to shake our heads at the live wildlife markets in ...
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Pandemics have existed as long as human civilization: ‘There will be another’

Famine and war routinely bring civilizations low, but though he trots closely beside those two, the horseman who carries off ...
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All the resources you need in the global battle against the coronavirus

Curious about the state of research into screening and diagnostic tools for the coronavirus? Maybe you want to keep up ...
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Viewpoint: Coronavirus testing, treatment key to ending national lockdowns

First, the bad news: America’s coronavirus epidemic is only beginning, and the suffering will become more searing over the next ...
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FDA halts food manufacturing facility inspections to slow coronavirus spread

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to “flatten the curve,” the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is halting ...
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Are coronavirus containment efforts more damaging ‘than the direct toll of the virus itself’?

I am deeply concerned that the social, economic and public health consequences of this near total meltdown of normal life ...
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Viewpoint: Watch out for ‘charlatans and scammers’ touting coronavirus cures

The coronavirus pandemic has the whole world's attention. For now, there's no treatment and definitely no cure for COVID-19, the ...
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Coronavirus immunotherapy could arrive by early summer. Is ‘record time’ fast enough?

Blood-plasma-based cures aren’t just the stuff of movies. There’s plenty of science to back the idea that blood products from ...
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‘Just an overreaction’: Inside the world of coronavirus denialism

I created a faux Twitter account and set about building my own information bubble. My objective: Inhabit the world of ...
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Comparing the coronavirus pandemic to past pathogenic threats: HIV, anthrax and Ebola

How does the COVID-19 pandemic compare to other infamous viral infections that have plagued us in modern times? It's a ...
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Viewpoint: Lack of trust in science on GMOs, vaccines and climate change fuels coronavirus misinformation

What is driving the novel coronavirus infodemic? Fear, uncertainty and opportunistic marketing are all playing a role. But it is ...
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‘We must have a plan’: Why we need an exit strategy for the coronavirus shutdown

How long is this going to last? As terrible as a pandemic would be, is averting it really worth a ...
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Eat a big breakfast to lose weight? This old nutritional adage isn’t backed up by science

Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper is an old nutritional adage that at ...
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Infographic: Where does the coronavirus fit in humanity’s long history of plagues and influenza pandemics?

Disease and illnesses have plagued humanity since the earliest days, our mortal flaw. However, it was not until the marked ...
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Why it’s safe to order food and go grocery shopping during the coronavirus outbreak

President Donald Trump and governors of various states have suggested Americans should avoid restaurants due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead ...
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CRISPR-based ‘PAC-MAN approach’ could be answer to COVID-19 and other viral menaces

Tim Abbott, a PhD candidate at Stanford University’s bioengineering department, checked the results of an experiment that he was running ...
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Coronavirus and food safety: Why there’s no need to panic

Every day seems to bring dire news about coronavirus COVID-19. As this virus spreads, how concerned should we be for ...
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Coronavirus has ‘snarled’ food distribution operations, threatening shortages and higher prices

Global warehouses are stuffed with frozen cuts of pork, wheels of cheese and bags of rice. But as the coronavirus ...
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Some countries have done a much better job fighting the coronavirus. Here’s what worked.

With Europe and the United States locked in deadly battle with the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, a number of countries ...
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Coronavirus vaccine created with synthetic biology would be ‘more potent’ than flu shot

As companies hurry to test potential vaccines, the National Institute of Health (NIH) is hoping new bio-engineering techniques to help ...
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Video: Here’s how quickly the coronavirus could overwhelm US hospitals

How bad will the coronavirus be for US hospitals? Some experts suggest that 20-60 percent of adults may contract the ...
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How did the coronavirus jump from bats to humans? Snakes, pangolins and turtles top suspect list

When a new zoonotic outbreak occurs, scientists rush to trace the species the infection originated from. Often the infection jumps ...
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Here’s how long the coronavirus survives on common surfaces

A big question in the outbreak of Covid-19, which has already infected more than 110,000, is how the germ that ...
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Travel restrictions to stop the coronavirus? Here’s why they won’t work.

Travel restrictions, though not recommended by the WHO, are a tool that countries use in hopes of stopping the spread of ...
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Promising coronavirus treatment effort blocked by fetal tissue research ban

A senior scientist at a government biomedical research laboratory has been thwarted in his efforts to conduct experiments on possible ...
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Infographic: US among world laggards in COVID-19 testing per capita, ranking 22

The available data shows that South Korea has done many more tests than other countries. This suggests that the number ...
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Delving into fuzzy forecasts: How many Americans are infected with the coronavirus?

In the absence of real numbers, projections have filled the void, and it's hard to know which forecasts to trust ...
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1918 Spanish flu redux? ‘Unprepared for the deluge of death’, politicians rejected ‘social distancing’ in bungled handling of the pandemic

It was a parade like none Philadelphia had ever seen.... When the Fourth Liberty Loan Drive parade stepped off on September ...