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What CRISPR can do for the world

What CRISPR can do for the world

Walter Isaacson | 
What might CRISPR do to the diversity of our species? If we are no longer subject to a natural lottery ...
Video: Here’s why COVID mutant variants are spreading so fast

Video: Here’s why COVID mutant variants are spreading so fast

Daniela Hernandez, Liz Ornitz | 
As highly transmissible coronavirus variants sweep across the world, scientists are racing to understand why these new versions of the ...
Lagging global vaccine rollout could open the door to more mutant strains, complicating recovery

Lagging global vaccine rollout could open the door to more mutant strains, complicating recovery

Sarah Toy | 
The virus continues to spread rapidly in many parts of the world, even as segments of the population have gained ...
Reality dawning: COVID will alter how we live for years or decades to come

Reality dawning: COVID will alter how we live for years or decades to come

Daniela Hernandez, Drew Hinshaw | 
The ease with which the coronavirus spreads, the emergence of new strains and poor access to vaccines in large parts ...
Viewpoint: An open economy by April? Why the US could reach COVID herd immunity by spring

Viewpoint: An open economy by April? Why the US could reach COVID herd immunity by spring

Marty Makary | 
[COVID] cases are down 77% over the past six weeks. If a medication slashed cases by 77%, we’d call it ...
WHO COVID investigative team finds evidence suggesting first infections occurred in October 2019 or earlier

WHO COVID investigative team finds evidence suggesting first infections occurred in October 2019 or earlier

Betsy McKay, Drew Hinshaw, Jeremy Page | 
China’s disclosures to the WHO raise questions about the possibility that Covid-19—which has now killed more than 2.3 million people—was ...
Deadly coalition: Anti-vaxxers merging with anti-mask advocates

Deadly coalition: Anti-vaxxers merging with anti-mask advocates

Betsy McKay, Kris Maher, Susan Pulliam | 
Opponents of vaccine requirements have found common ground during the pandemic with people suspicious of drug companies, business shutdowns and ...
Genetic genealogy leader 23andMe going public. What will that mean for your data?

Genetic genealogy leader 23andMe going public. What will that mean for your data?

Alistair MacDonald, Amy Dockser Marcus | 
California-based 23andMe will merge with Virgin Group’s VG Acquisition Corp and raise a further $250 million from new investors, [British ...
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Industrial farming: Blessing or curse? Two books offer dueling visions of America’s food system

Rien Fertel | 
“Simply put,” [Mark Bittman, in his book “Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, From Sustainable to Suicidal,”] writes, “agriculture ...
‘Exercised’: New book by a biological anthropologist says humans are cut out to nap, not exercise – Here's how we can overcome our evolutionary destiny

‘Exercised’: New book by a biological anthropologist says humans are cut out to nap, not exercise – Here’s how we can overcome our evolutionary destiny

Ellen Gamerman | 
Want to feel bad about skipping a workout? Blame evolution. Daniel E. Lieberman argues this theory in his new book ...
Acting rash or unwise? Don't blame your 'lizard brain', claims ‘Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain’ book

Acting rash or unwise? Don’t blame your ‘lizard brain’, claims ‘Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain’ book

Emily Bobrow | 
Scientists have long posited that time and evolution stratified the human brain, with the oldest and crudest lizard layer lurking ...
Current vaccines likely work on new South African COVID variant, but effectiveness may be reduced

Current vaccines likely work on new South African COVID variant, but effectiveness may be reduced

Gabriele Steinhauser | 
[A new COVID] variant, which has already shown up in patients in Europe and other African countries, has quickly become the predominant ...
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Everything you need to know about COVID-19 antibody testing

Sumathi Reddy | 
Though experts say there is now evidence that the presence of antibodies results in some immunity to the virus that ...
Alzheimer’s hotspot map: Where it’s most prevalent and why that matters

Alzheimer’s hotspot map: Where it’s most prevalent and why that matters

Claire Ansberry | 
An emerging body of research is identifying counties and neighborhoods with higher prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease, which affects 5.8 million ...
Sweden imposes mandatory COVID restrictions, ending its ‘voluntary’ distancing experiment

Sweden imposes mandatory COVID restrictions, ending its ‘voluntary’ distancing experiment

Bojan Pancevski | 
Like other Europeans, Swedes are now heading into the winter facing restrictions ranging from a ban on large gatherings to ...
Back of the line? Poorer countries pressing WHO to free COVID-19 vaccines from patent protection

Back of the line? Poorer countries pressing WHO to free COVID-19 vaccines from patent protection

Saeed Shah | 
The pandemic requires a temporary suspension of the world’s usual intellectual property system, [a group of developing countries led by ...
‘Zoom boom’: Why is Asia the only part of the world weathering the economic fallout from COVID?

‘Zoom boom’: Why is Asia the only part of the world weathering the economic fallout from COVID?

Eun-Young Jeong | 
China remains on track to grow nearly 2% this year, the most of any major economy, while the world is expected to ...
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Viewpoint: Transgender rights and sports: Should trans women be permitted to compete in female-only sports?

Sandra Bucha | 
[I]n 1972, Congress enacted Title IX, a law that prohibits sex discrimination by schools that receive federal money. That led ...
Video: Test everyone – Slovakia goes its own way to control COVID

Video: Test everyone – Slovakia goes its own way to control COVID

Drew Hinshaw | 
As Europe sees record coronavirus cases and deaths, Slovakia is testing its entire adult population. WSJ's Drew Hinshaw explains how ...
With 75 million people projected to be living with dementia in 19 years, science turns to AI for early diagnoses

With 75 million people projected to be living with dementia in 19 years, science turns to AI for early diagnoses

Shirley Wang | 
[A] study, funded by the [National Institute on Aging] and published this year in the Journal of the American Geriatrics ...
Unraveling COVID’s corrosive persistence: Doctors struggle to understand why initially mild symptoms sometimes leave lingering scars on the mind and body

Unraveling COVID’s corrosive persistence: Doctors struggle to understand why initially mild symptoms sometimes leave lingering scars on the mind and body

Daniela Hernandez, Sarah Toy, Sumathi Reddy | 
For many patients, including young ones who never required hospitalization, Covid-19 has a devastating second act. Many are dealing with ...
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Brain implants on the cusp of reality help patients immobilized by ALS, strokes or spinal cord injuries

Daniela Hernandez, Mike Cherney | 
[B]rain activity is collected by sensors implanted in a blood vessel in [Phil] O’Keefe’s brain and relayed to a computer ...
Viewpoint: Are health advocates and politicians overselling the value of masks?

Viewpoint: Are health advocates and politicians overselling the value of masks?

Joseph Ladapo | 
The public assumes that research performed since the beginning of the pandemic supports mask mandates. Policy makers and the media ...
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Superdonors: Recovered COVID patients with high antibody levels in demand by blood banks and researchers

Amy Dockser Marcus | 
There is new determination in the search for high-antibody plasma because under FDA guidelines issued earlier this month, all donated ...
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With Slovakia and Liverpool opting to test everyone, European countries mull dramatic expansion of COVID testing

Drew Hinshaw | 
Slovakia attempted to test its entire adult population, or every resident between 10 and 65. [COVID] cases have been surging ...
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Can the CDC recover its credibility in the midst of its COVID debacle?

White House advisers have made line-by-line edits to official health guidance, altering language written by CDC scientists on church choirs, ...
Long-time pharma rivals unite to fight a common enemy: COVID-19

Long-time pharma rivals unite to fight a common enemy: COVID-19

Joseph Walker | 
In the age of Covid-19, old adversaries are uniting around a common enemy: the new coronavirus. Their nascent partnership is ...
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Infographic: Well before Trump’s February partial ‘China air ban’, COVID had spent January quietly spreading across the US

Joel Eastwood, Paul Overberg, Rob Barry | 
The Wall Street Journal interviewed disease detectives and reviewed hundreds of pages of new research to piece together how the ...
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