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Dogs and humans migrated together across the ancient world, DNA evidence shows

Dogs and humans migrated together across the ancient world, DNA evidence shows

David Grimm | 
Dogs are one of the biggest enigmas of domestication. Despite decades of study, scientists still haven’t figured out when or where ...
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With studies showing questionable efficacy, why did Gilead’s remdesivir become the first FDA-approved COVID treatment?

Jon Cohen, Kai Kupferschmidt | 
On 8 October, [Gilead] inked an agreement to supply the European Union with its drug remdesivir as a treatment for ...
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The 5-minute COVID-19 test is here

Robert Service | 
Researchers have used CRISPR gene-editing technology to come up with a test that detects the pandemic coronavirus in just 5 ...
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1 in 7 COVID patients have genetic flaws that dramatically increase their vulnerability

Meredith Wadman | 
[S]cientists baffled by [COVID-19’s] ferocity have wondered whether the body’s vanguard virus fighter, a molecular messenger called type I interferon, ...
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Drought, cropland expansion push Great Plains toward ‘Dust Bowl 2.0,’ climate scientists say

Roland Pease | 
Earlier [in October], a storm front swept across the Great Plains of the United States, plowing up a wall of ...
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German measles likely jumped from bats to humans, much like COVID, raising concerns about future virus outbreaks

Ann Gibbons | 
An estimated 100,000 newborns are affected by the [rubella virus] annually, mostly in Africa, the western Pacific, and the eastern ...
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Flood-proof crops? Plants engineered to grow taller may survive unstable environments

Erik Stokstad | 
Stature matters to plants. Short crops can carry more grain without bending under their own weight—a key trait that helped ...

‘It’s not premature to plan’: Deciding who gets the coronavirus vaccine first

Jon Cohen | 
The new coronavirus’ disproportionate toll on the elderly could put them at the front of the line [for a vaccine] ...
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Another pandemic? New swine flu identified in China could jump to humans

Jon Cohen | 
[A] new finding that pigs in China are more and more frequently becoming infected with a strain of influenza that ...
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How widespread is the pandemic? Proposed global blood bank could provide missing answers

Robert Bazell | 
Michael Mina is out for blood—millions of samples, which a nascent effort dubbed the Global Immunological Observatory (GIO), would monitor ...

Polio vaccines are inexpensive, easily available, already approved—and they might work wonders against COVID-19

Recent reports indicate that COVID-19 may result in suppressed innate immune responses. Therefore, stimulation by live attenuated vaccines [such as ...
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‘It’s been so chaotic’: US government ‘Operation Warp Speed’ may not be focusing on developing the most promising COVID-19 vaccines

Jon Cohen | 
When the news broke [June 3] that Operation Warp Speed had selected five experimental COVID-19 vaccines to fast-track through testing ...
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Coronavirus antibodies from GMO cows set for summer clinical trials

Mitch Leslie | 
The latest recruits in the fight against COVID-19 are munching hay in a South Dakota barn. A biotech company has ...
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Cells that fight pathogens might also speed up human ‘inflammaging’

Mitch Leslie | 
Our T cells let us down as we age, becoming weaker pathogen fighters. This decline helps explain why elderly people ...
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USDA’s relaxed biotech crop rules could speed plant development, but are regulations still too strict?

Erik Stokstad | 
A major change to U.S. regulation of biotech will exempt some gene-edited plants from government oversight. The new policy ...
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‘Psychobiotics’: Can we control the way we think by altering gut bacteria?

Elizabeth Pennisi | 
The allure is simple: Drug development for neuropsychiatric disorders has lagged for decades, and many existing drugs don’t work for ...

Artificial photosynthesis: Synthetic chloroplasts as solar-powered drug factories

Colin Barras | 
There’s a new way to eat carbon dioxide. Researchers have built an artificial version of a chloroplast, the photosynthetic structures ...
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‘Operation warp speed’ hopes to turbocharge US quest for a coronavirus vaccine

Jon Cohen | 
Conventional wisdom is that a vaccine for COVID-19 is at least 1 year away, but the organizers of a U.S ...

Engineering plants to rapidly repair heat damage could preserve crop yields as climate changes

Erik Stokstad | 
As plants convert sunlight into sugar, their cells are playing with fire. Photosynthesis generates chemical byproducts that can damage the ...

Bugpocalypse? New research challenges widely publicized claims of impending catastrophic insect declines

Gergana Daskalova, Maria Dornelas | 
Drastic declines in insect biomass, abundance, and diversity reported in the literature have raised concerns among scientists and the public ...

Scouring coronavirus patient genes to answer a question: Why do some people get deathly sick, when others don’t?

Jocelyn Kaiser | 
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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Gene-drive technology may combat notorious Fusarium fungus that decimates global wheat yields

Elizabeth Pennisi | 
The Fusarium fungus is the bane of every wheat farmer’s existence. Causing wheat scab—also known as head blight—it decimates harvests ...
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Gene from grass-dwelling fungus may help safeguard global wheat production against deadly disease

Erik Stokstad | 
Wheat scab hits farmers with a double punch. The fungal disease, also known as Fusarium head blight, shrivels grain and ...
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Identical sex chromosomes could be key to a long life

Erin Malsbury | 
When 109-year-old Jessie Gallan was asked about the secret to her long life, she replied “staying away from men.” Other ...
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Failed HIV vaccine study is ‘another frustrating defeat’ in the fight against AIDS

Jon Cohen | 
The failure-ridden search for a vaccine that can stop the AIDS virus has delivered yet another frustrating defeat. The HIV ...

Can we engineer soldiers to be immune to chemical attacks?

Jocelyn Kaiser | 
Despite international bans, some countries, such as Syria, use deadly nerve agents against enemy soldiers and civilians. Existing treatments for these ...
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Virus used to deliver gene therapy treatments may increase liver cancer risk, study suggests

Jocelyn Kaiser | 
Just as gene therapy finally seems to be living up to its promise, a study has revived a lingering worry ...
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Gene-editing pioneer Jennifer Doudna calls for greater accountability on anniversary of China scientist CRISPR gene editing human embryo

Jennifer Doudna | 
There are key moments in the history of every disruptive technology that can make or break its public perception and ...