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Quest for a coronavirus vaccine ‘reinvigorating’ anti-vax conspiracy theories

Sarah Zhang | 
There is no COVID-19 vaccine, but there are already COVID-19 vaccine conspiracies. Even as vaccines for the disease caused by ...
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Prebiotics: How best to protect your skin and why daily showers may not be a good idea

James Hamblin | 
Now couldn’t be a weirder time to question washing. I’ve spent the past three years reporting on how our notions ...
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30 years later in Romania: What happened to the babies deprived of human contact?

Melissa Fay Greene | 
In 1990, the outside world discovered [Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu’s] network of “child gulags,” in which an estimated 170,000 abandoned ...
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‘This virus has ruined my life’: Some COVID-19 patients have suffered through symptoms for months—with no end in sight

Ed Yong | 
About 80 percent of [COVID-19] infections, according to the World Health Organization, “are mild or asymptomatic,” and patients recover after ...
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‘Diagnostic conundrum’: COVID-19 pandemic has given us a lot of clinically depressed people

James Hamblin | 
As a rough average, during pre-pandemic life, 5 to 7 percent of people met the criteria for a diagnosis of ...
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‘High-stakes information battle’ brewing over which coronavirus experts to trust

Renée Diresta | 
Determining who is an authoritative figure worth amplifying is more challenging than ever. Curated, personalized feeds enable bespoke realities. Trump ...
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Unanswered COVID-19 questions multiply: Why some people get really sick and others not? Does social distancing really matter? Are models right?

Ed Yong | 
In a pandemic characterized by extreme uncertainty, one of the few things experts know for sure is the identity of ...
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Are we facing a ‘more transmissible’ coronavirus strain? Not so fast, researchers say

Ed Yong | 
As if the pandemic weren’t bad enough, on April 30, a team led by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory ...
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How America is neglecting its growing elderly autistic population

Rachel Nuwer | 
[E]merging research suggests that autistic adults are at high risk of a broad array of physical and mental health conditions, ...
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There are 7 coronaviruses that infect humans. Here’s what makes SARS-CoV-2 so dangerous

Ed Yong | 
SARS-CoV-2 is not the flu. It causes a disease with different symptoms, spreads and kills more readily, and belongs to a completely ...
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There are 3 possible endgames for the coronavirus pandemic

Ed Yong | 
Three months ago, no one knew that SARS-CoV-2 existed. Now the virus has spread to almost every country... . It ...
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Are we overreacting to the coronavirus? Here’s why we should hope so.

Ian Bogost | 
From my perspective, staring down the barrel of a “once-in-a-generation pathogen,” as the former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner ...
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Breast milk breakthrough on the horizon? Growing mammary cells to create casein and lactose

Sarah Zhang | 
The inconvenient truth about breastfeeding is that breasts are, invariably, attached to a person. A person who could get too ...
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Human hibernation eyed as solution for severe trauma, weight loss and deep-space travel

James Hamblin | 
A small group of scientists is taking human hibernation extremely seriously. They are studying the basic mechanisms with an eye ...
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Why are Americans obsessed with unproven CBD supplements?

Amanda Mull | 
CBD belongs to a class of chemicals called cannabinoids, dozens of which have been identified in cannabis and hemp plants, ...
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Here’s a virus that CRISPR can’t touch—it could help researchers gain better control of the gene-editing tool

Ed Yong | 
Bacteria and phages are likely locked in an arms race. The former evolve new kinds of scissor enzymes, and the ...
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Tracing evolution of mammalian hearing: Essential ear bones were once part of the jaw

Sarah Zhang | 
One hundred and twenty million years ago, when northeastern China was a series of lakes and erupting volcanoes, there lived ...
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Chronic pain relief: Why Gabapentin may not be a ‘safe’ alternative to opioids

Olga Khazan | 
Gabapentin was supposed to be the answer. Chronic pain afflicts about a fifth of American adults, and for years, doctors thought it ...
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Why do women make up two-thirds of Alzheimer’s patients? The answer may be found in menopause

Deborah Copaken | 
Two-thirds of all Alzheimer’s patients are women. Why? It has often been posited that this is because women live longer ...
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How a genetically modified morning glory was almost the 2020 Olympics mascot

Nicola Twilley | 
Sebastian Cocioba, a 29-year-old college dropout and self-styled “plant hacker,” has lived there with his parents for the past decade ...
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Keto diet as a cancer treatment? Researchers explore potential to treat diseases, seizures

Sam Apple | 
[S]cientists have known for decades that the keto diet can prevent epileptic seizures even when pharmaceutical treatments have failed. But ...
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Could common infections be causing eating disorders?

Olga Khazan | 
Infections might, in fact, spark eating disorders in some people. For the study, Lauren Breithaupt, a clinical psychologist at Massachusetts ...
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Anonymous no more: AncestryDNA test reveals identity of woman’s stem cell donor

Sarah Zhang | 
In 2017, Holly Becker took an AncestryDNA test, and the results, she would only later learn, exactly matched those of ...
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‘Utterly magical’: This ‘two-step dance’ may explain the origins of life

Ed Yong | 
Go back far enough in time, before animals and plants and even bacteria existed, and you’d find that the precursor ...
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Can we cure baldness with stem cell-based ‘hair farms’?

James Hamblin | 
The physiology of balding has long vexed even the most entrepreneurial of scientists. Despite a rare confluence of commercial forces ...
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10 years ago, the Human Brain Project promised to simulate a human brain. What went wrong?

Ed Yong | 
On July 22, 2009, the neuroscientist Henry Markram walked onstage at the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford, England, and told the ...
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Can’t lose weight? You may be able to blame this ‘cruel’ metabolic mechanism

Amanda Mull | 
In a study of former contestants on a season of the weight-loss reality show The Biggest Loser, scientists found that ...