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COVID logistical nightmare: 8,000 jumbo jets needed to globally deliver vaccine

The equivalent of 8,000 Boeing 747s will be needed [to ship a coronavirus vaccine worldwide], the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has ...
What’s it like being in a Phase 3 coronavirus vaccine trial?

What’s it like being in a Phase 3 coronavirus vaccine trial?

I’m at St George’s for an initial screening as a volunteer in the Oxford University trial to test the ChAdOx1 ...
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Birth rates expected to crash by half in coming decades in some countries, driven by educated, working women

Falling fertility rates mean nearly every country could have shrinking populations by the end of the century. And 23 nations - ...
Kremlin-backed Russian hacker spies tried to steal vaccine research

Kremlin-backed Russian hacker spies tried to steal vaccine research

The UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said [hackers targeting coronavirus vaccine information] "almost certainly" operated as "part of Russian ...
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Missing antibodies: Why herd immunity may be “unachievable” without mass deaths or long-shot vaccine

[A] study of more than 60,000 people estimates that around just 5% of the Spanish population has developed antibodies, the ...
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Testing negative for COVID-19 antibodies? Many people still have some protection against the virus

For every person testing positive for antibodies, two [people with negative tests] were found to have specific T-cells which identify ...
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If every virus was wiped off the earth, ‘the world will be a wonderful place—for about a day and a half, and then we’d all die’

If given the choice to magically wave a wand and cause all viruses to disappear, most people would probably jump ...
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DNA analysis of 5,000-year-old Irish remains reveals an incestuous elite social class

[Researchers found] an adult male buried at the 5,000-year-old Newgrange monument; his DNA revealed that his parents were first-degree relatives, ...
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‘Partnership with sunlight’: Why staying inside all the time makes us vulnerable to infections

For the past two months, a sizable chunk of the world’s population has been shuttered inside their homes, only stepping ...
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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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Tracking down the missing link in the coronavirus transmission chain

It was a matter of "when not if" an animal passed the coronavirus from wild bats to humans, scientists say ...
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Origins of symmetry: This ancient worm-like creature may be a key to our own evolution

A worm-like creature that burrowed on the seafloor more than 500 million years ago may be key to the evolution ...
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Why social distancing is so crucial in the fight against COVID-19

While Covid-19 is different in many ways from the Spanish flu – particularly in terms of who it affects and its ...
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Video: What CRISPR means for human evolution

Tech experts discuss the past, present and future of CRISPR gene editing. How will the technology affect our future generations? ...
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Global plan to halt extinction criticized for failing to address species humans don’t like

A global plan to halt the loss of nature is "weak" in one key area, say scientists. The new 10-year ...
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‘They weren’t just surviving’: Gibraltar caves give unprecedented peek into daily lives of last Neanderthals

Neanderthals were a resilient group. They existed for about 200,000 years longer than we modern humans (Homo sapiens) have been ...
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Viewpoint: We need to rebrand the BRCA ‘breast cancer’ genes to help men understand their own risks

Both men and women have the same risk of developing BRCA1 and 2 gene mutations, but men are ten times less likely to get ...
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T-cell that can fight all cancers: Scientists discover promising part of our immune system

Our immune system is our body's natural defence against infection, but it also attacks cancerous cells. The scientists were looking ...
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This ancient ape may tell us when our ancestors started walking on two legs

Fossils of a newly-discovered ancient ape could give clues to how and when walking on two legs evolved. The ability ...
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Consumer genetic tests shouldn’t be used to make health decisions, experts warn

People should not make health decisions based on genetic tests they do at home, experts have warned. The University of ...
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How widespread genetic testing could change the way we live, treat disease

More than half of Icelanders have now had their precise genetic make-up sequenced and analysed. ... The aim of such ...
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Is this the Alzheimer’s blood test we’ve been looking for?

Researchers say they can accurately identify people on track to develop Alzheimer's disease before symptoms appear, which could help the ...
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Are we as smart as we’ll ever be? Why we may be getting dumber.

You may not have noticed, but we are living in an intellectual golden age.  Since the intelligence test was invented ...
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Walking trees and swimming spiders: Why evolution on Earth could travel ‘some truly mind-boggling paths’

What creatures could develop in, say, 100 million years, given what we know about life on Earth and the principles ...
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HPV vaccinations could eliminate cervical cancer, researchers say

The success of the HPV vaccination offers hope of one day eradicating cervical cancer, say scientists who carried out a ...
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How your personality is influenced by your physical appearance

Known as “facultative personality calibration”, this is the idea that our personalities develop in a way that best suits the ...
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Why you may have invented your earliest childhood memories

Around four out of every 10 of us have fabricated our first memory, according to researchers. This is thought to be ...
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Relapse risk could be predicted by cancer’s ‘internal wiring’

The "internal wiring" of breast cancer can predict which women are more likely to survive or relapse, say researchers. The ...