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How Sweden avoided a lockdown and a large coronavirus outbreak

Trust is high in Sweden — in government, institutions and fellow Swedes. When the government defied conventional wisdom and refused ...
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Abbott expects to ship 90 million coronavirus antibody tests over next two months after FDA grants emergency approval

The Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization for Abbott Laboratories’ new coronavirus test that detects Covid-19 antibodies.... Abbott ...
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‘Enormous potential’: Recently discovered microbe could protect mosquitoes from malaria

Scientists have discovered a microbe that completely protects mosquitoes from being infected with malaria. The team in Kenya and the ...
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Viewpoint: Anti-vaxxers are expected to fight a coronavirus vaccine. Here’s one way to deal with them

[T]he race for a [coronavirus] vaccine and the techniques being used to manufacture it are bound to activate some familiar ...
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She’s baaaack! ‘Plandemic’ anti-vaccine disinformation ‘star’ Judy Mikovits now warning glyphosate, GMOs boost COVID-19 risk

[In early May], I wrote about Plandemic, a viral video featuring disgraced scientist turned antivaxxer turned COVID-19 “Fire Fauci” conspiracy ...
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Viewpoint: Here’s what a win against the coronavirus looks like. It’s not pretty

If you’ve been marking the pandemic by the pileup of cautious reopenings and rescheduled events, you might think that an ...
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‘Female genetic superiority’? How two X chromosomes give women an edge against coronavirus

It was noticeable from the initial outbreak in Wuhan that Covid-19 was killing more men than women. By February, data ...
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Searching for a biomarker to predict which coronavirus patients are at risk for severe symptoms

Respiratory physician Dr. David Darley says something peculiar happens to a small group of Covid-19 patients on day seven of ...
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Podcast: We need a vaccine ‘Manhattan Project’ to defeat COVID-19

The only way to truly end the novel coronavirus pandemic is to develop an effective vaccine. And while there are ...
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EPA approves GM mosquito trial in Florida Keys to combat zika virus and dengue fever

A plan to test genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys has received approval from the federal government. For more ...
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Viewpoint: Taking vitamin D is the ‘least crackpot’ of the coronavirus nutrition ideas

For the most part, supplements are a waste of money at best and harmful at worst. But could vitamin D ...
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‘Denial, blame, and conspiratorial thinking’: Anti-vaxxers’ dangerous rhetoric during coronavirus pandemic

So far, the responses from major players wear down a familiar path of conspiratorial thinking and government mistrust ...
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‘The fittest among us?’: Why are preteens at lowest risk from coronavirus?

Although the estimation of mortality and morbidity rates caused by pandemics is fraught with difficulty, a trend seems to emerge ...
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Do our genes affect vulnerability to the coronavirus?

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic several months ago, scientists have been puzzling over the different ways the disease ...
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Plant-based beef ingredients from China may hurt Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat sales

While America's biggest beef and pork producers were nearly laid low in April by COVID-19 cases in their workforce, sales ...
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Podcast: GMOs = witchcraft? ‘Big Ag’ didn’t cause coronavirus; Remdesivir for COVID-19

We finally have a drug to treat COVID-19 in remdesivir, but how well does it work? Anti-GMO activists have blamed ...
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Glyphosate to blame for COVID-19? Here’s how we know Bayer’s weedkiller didn’t cause the pandemic

An MIT computer scientist with no expertise in agriculture, chemistry, toxicology, or the biological sciences. And yet for some reason, ...
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Can CRISPR gene editing give us an allergy-free cat?

If you’re among the 10% of people who are allergic to cats, you can blame a protein found in cat ...
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‘Microbe maps’: Swabbing subways, ATMs and park benches to find coronavirus hot spots

Nearly a decade ago, after watching his young daughter lick a pole in a subway car, computational biologist Christopher Mason ...
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‘Increasingly confident’: Children less vulnerable to coronavirus, numerous studies say

Doctors are increasingly confident that children are less affected by the new coronavirus than adults, a finding that could aid ...
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Animal breeding advances yield disease-resistant chickens to combat hunger in Africa

In many low and middle-income countries, indigenous chickens are an integral part of the farming system and are an important ...
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Coronavirus romance: Is it healthy for isolating couples to have so much together time?

In the wake of COVID-19 social distancing and stay-at-home orders, young couples may find themselves spending more time with each ...
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Podcast: ‘Food bullying’ fear of GMO insulin parallels skepticism of biotech crops

Our guest, Heather Barnes, tells parents, “You are doing great.” Having a child with different dietary needs opens the door ...
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Coronavirus opens door for expanded use of artificial intelligence at hospitals

The Royal Bolton Hospital is among a growing number of health-care facilities around the world that are turning to AI ...
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Is life worth living after 75? Why this medical ethicist isn’t a fan of extending the human life span

In October 2014, [physician and medical ethicist] Ezekiel Emanuel published an essay in the Atlantic called “Why I Hope to ...
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How to use your brain to keep food cravings from turning into eating

Many believe that cravings are caused by low blood sugar, or that the body lacks certain other nutrients. In the ...
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Coronavirus ‘relapses’ in South Korea blamed on faulty tests detecting ‘dead virus fragments’

Scientists said the wave of South Koreans who tested positive for COVID-19 even after they recovered did not have the ...
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Anti-vaxxers and anti-GMO lobby double down on COVID China conspiracy theory

As the World Health Organization warns of a misinformation “infodemic,” anti-science groups around the world are doubling down on a ...