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Crash effort to develop coronavirus vaccines has revolutionized disease treatment

Crash effort to develop coronavirus vaccines has revolutionized disease treatment

Philip Ball | 
The COVID-19 experience will almost certainly change the future of vaccine science, says Dan Barouch, director of the Center for ...
New COVID variants raise spectre of a global health catastrophe. Will they outpace vaccine development?

New COVID variants raise spectre of a global health catastrophe. Will they outpace vaccine development?

Ewen Callaway | 
Scientists want to understand why SARS-CoV-2 variants identified in the United Kingdom and South Africa seem to be spreading so ...
How infectious are asymptomatic COVID carriers?

How infectious are asymptomatic COVID carriers?

Bianca Nogrady | 
[E]vidence suggests that about one in five infected people will experience no symptoms, and they will transmit the virus to ...
Facial recognition is growing with COVID – and sparking a burgeoning resistance movement

Facial recognition is growing with COVID – and sparking a burgeoning resistance movement

Antoaneta Roussi | 
Facial-recognition technology (FRT) has long been in use at airport borders and on smartphones, and as a tool to help ...
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Infographic: When extremely premature babies grow up, they face chronic conditions that researchers are just beginning to understand

Amber Dance | 
For the first time, researchers can start to understand the long-term consequences of being born so early. Results are pouring ...
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Infographic: How AI facial-recognition research can be misused to target minorities

Richard Van Noorden | 
[A] study, published in 2018, had trained algorithms to distinguish faces of Uyghur people, a predominantly Muslim minority ethnic group ...
Possibility of life on Venus fades after reanalysis of atmospheric data

Possibility of life on Venus fades after reanalysis of atmospheric data

Alexandra Witze | 
In September, an international team of astronomers made headlines when it reported finding phosphine — a potential marker of life ...
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WHO launches daunting task of tracing COVID’s global path

Smriti Mallapaty | 
The search will start in Wuhan — the Chinese city where the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 was first identified — and ...
Why COVID death counts are not rising as quickly as confirmed cases

Why COVID death counts are not rising as quickly as confirmed cases

Heidi Ledford | 
Charlotte Summers, an intensive-care physician at the University of Cambridge, UK, says that data collected by the country’s National Health ...
CRISPR-edited bananas immune to killer pathogens advance toward commercialization in Africa

CRISPR-edited bananas immune to killer pathogens advance toward commercialization in Africa

Abdullahi Tsanni | 
For more than two decades, I have been working to improve several staple food crops in Africa, including bananas, plantains, ...
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Can lab-grown brains become conscious?

Sara Reardon | 
In August 2019, [biologist Alysson] Muotri’s group published a paper in Cell Stem Cell reporting the creation of human brain ...
Viewpoint: ‘Untold human death and suffering’: What could be the impact of the Trump administration plan to reach herd immunity

Viewpoint: ‘Untold human death and suffering’: What could be the impact of the Trump administration plan to reach herd immunity

Christie Aschwanden | 
“Surrendering to the virus” is not a defensible plan, says Kristian Andersen, an immunologist at the Scripps Research Institute in ...
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Hardware modeled on the brain could revolutionize computing

Oliver Rhodes | 
A challenge for researchers developing applications of neuromorphic [or human brain-inspired] hardware is that a formal hierarchy such as Turing ...
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Face masks—Are they critical or ideology-driven overkill? Here’s the science

Lynne Peeples | 
Face masks are the ubiquitous symbol of a pandemic that has sickened 35 million people and killed more than 1 ...
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Ending hunger: Researchers are giving smallholder farmers the wrong advice, study claims

How can research help to end hunger? One way to answer this question is to assess published research on hunger, ...
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Can we use DNA to sketch the faces of criminals?

Carrie Arnold | 
Most labs studying DNA phenotyping look for relationships between changes to individual letters of a person’s genetic code, known as ...
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Asians and Blacks dramatically under-represented in medical research, distorting drug therapy effectiveness

Chief Ben-Eghan, Jose Sergio Hleap, Rosie Sun | 
A 2018 analysis of studies looking for genetic variants associated with disease found that under-representation [of minorities] persists: 78% of ...
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How animals think

Alison Abbott | 
Neuroscientists wanting to understand the brain’s coding language have conventionally studied how its networks of cells respond to sensory information ...
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Why is it so difficult to battle antibiotic resistance?

Maryn McKenna | 
Before COVID-19, antibiotic resistance was estimated to kill at least 700,000 people each year worldwide. That number could now climb ...
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Older coronavirus victims 350 percent likelier to experience symptoms than 10-19 year olds

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown a markedly low proportion of cases among children. Age disparities in observed cases could be ...
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Another pandemic coming? Expanding land use boosts exposure to diverse zoonotic diseases, study finds

Rory Gibb | 
Land use change—for example, the conversion of natural habitats to agricultural or urban ecosystems—is widely recognized to influence the risk ...
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When CRISPR gene editing falls short: ‘Base editing’ might treat disorders on the maternal line in mitochondrial DNA

Heidi Ledford | 
[A] technique — which builds on a super-precise version of gene editing called base editing — could allow researchers to ...
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GMO insect-resistant Bt prevents cancer and saves farmers up to $167 million per year, study shows

David Hennessy, Felicia Wu, Jina Yu | 
Previous field studies have reached no collective consensus on whether Bt corn, the most commonly planted transgenic crop worldwide, has ...
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Infographic: Animal origins or lab leak? Tracing coronavirus back to the source

David Cyranoski | 
Since the pandemic began, the question of where the coronavirus came from has been one of the biggest puzzles. It ...
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Infographic: 8 ways we can defeat the coronavirus

Ewen Callaway | 
More than 90 vaccines are being developed against SARS-CoV-2 by research teams in companies and universities across the world. Researchers ...
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Genetic analysis unravels East Asia’s history, highlighting migration of early farmers

Ewen Callaway | 
Ancient genomics is starting to unravel the history of East Asia. The first large-scale studies of ancient human genomes from ...
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Anti-vaccine online movement targeting undecided groups in social media, spreading disinformation about safety and coronavirus containment efforts, study warns

Philip Ball | 
As scientists work to create a vaccine against COVID-19, a small but fervent anti-vaccination movement is marshalling against it. Campaigners ...
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‘A radical idea’: Could a single factor be responsible for all mental illnesses?

Michael Marshall | 
What are the roots of mental illness? In the hope of finding an answer, scientists have piled up an enormous ...
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