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First gene-edited CRISPR COVID-19 mouse created; Opens new door to study infections and develop therapies

Human cells and mice cells each express their own version of angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), the membrane-bound receptor that ...
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On second thought: Sweden’s top epidemiologist says nation should have done more to slow COVID-19

For months, the world has watched Sweden's light-touch approach to fighting the coronavirus pandemic, wondering whether it was genius or ...
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Lancet medical journal retracts much-questioned COVID-19 ‘observational study’ that raised safety alarms about hydroxychloroquine

The Lancet, one of the world’s top medical journals, on [June 4] retracted an influential study that raised alarms about ...
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Video: Why we should ignore most reported COVID-19 statistics

Every day we wake up and check COVID-19 updates. Governments usually announce 6 main numbers: 1) New cases 2) Total ...
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Sewage monitoring could give early warning of fresh coronavirus outbreaks

Scientists in Spain are expecting to begin regularly analyzing sewage for traces of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, The Scientist ...
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Herd immunity alone isn’t enough to save us. Why a vaccine is critical

[G]etting to herd immunity without a vaccine isn’t as simple as the idea itself. A number of variables can affect ...
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Viewpoint: Sweden’s unique approach to COVID-19 containment has failed

There was a familiar refrain from political commentators on certain corners of the internet in the early days of the ...
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US hospitals have ‘pulled way back’ on hydroxychloroquine use after studies identify safety risks

U.S. hospitals said they have pulled way back on the use of hydroxychloroquine, the malaria drug touted by President Donald ...
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Top 5 most promising COVID-19 vaccine candidates

More than 100 vaccine efforts are currently underway in the global push to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the ...
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Struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic? These apps could help you stay sane

Set a reminder to write down how you’re feeling every day. Now you’ve started a mood diary. These sorts of ...
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Why all the COVID-induced blood clots, strokes and heart attacks? The coronavirus may be a blood vessel disease rather than a respiratory affliction

In April, blood clots emerged as one of the many mysterious symptoms attributed to Covid-19, a disease that had initially ...
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Is hydroxychloroquine useless and dangerous, or not? Major study released last week dissing therapy now under scrutiny

Does President Trump’s favored coronavirus treatment, the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, make you more likely to die of Covid-19? That was ...
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COVID-19 hit the US as early as January, CDC analysis suggests

How early did local transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus begin in the United States? For the second time [recently], scientists ...
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‘Trial by fire’: How COVID-19 is changing the biotech industry’s relationship with artificial intelligence

AI is currently being used by many companies to identify and screen existing drugs that could be repurposed to treat ...
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Adverse reactions in COVID-19 vaccine trial illustrates rocky road to developing therapies for diverse populations

Patients in clinical trials are usually faceless. But as the experimental Covid-19 vaccine being developed by Moderna Therapeutics has begun ...
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Infographic: Racing to create affordable at-home test for COVID-19

To stretch beyond the lab, test developers are racing to produce next-stage technologies that could allow for rapid widespread testing ...
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Using ‘genomic breadcrumbs’ to track the coronavirus—and predict how to cope with it

Rapid sequencing of viral genomes can help public health officials figure out the origins, spread and nature of quickly moving ...
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Hydroxychloroquine trials halted after World Health Organization cites ‘significantly higher risk of death’ for COVID-19 patients

The World Health Organization has suspended testing of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine after a study published in The Lancet reported ...
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Accidental side effect: COVID-19 pandemic could give polio ‘a fresh start’

The world’s total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is closing in on 5 million. But an accidental side effect of ...
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With a COVID-19 vaccine only a distant possibility, a HIV containment-like strategy could be best option

Though many people are pinning their hopes on a COVID-19 vaccine, another option is available: preventive treatment. At a Senate ...
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‘That’s not easy’: Figuring out who gets first shot at a coronavirus vaccine

Even if scientists do develop a safe, broadly effective vaccine, nobody knows how to give it to billions of people ...
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Viewpoint: We can’t simply test our way out of the coronavirus pandemic

In response to calls for Covid-19 testing of the entire U.S. population, several large universities, and even some employers, have ...
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Viewpoint: Only a tiny percentage of children face threat of severe coronavirus complications. That risk isn’t high enough to justify lockdowns

Horrific stories are emerging of children developing rashes, cardiac abnormalities and other inflammatory symptoms that are linked to the novel ...
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New coronavirus test problem: Not enough people seeking tests in some states

Four months into the U.S. coronavirus outbreak, tests for the virus finally are becoming widely available, a crucial step toward ...
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Novavax launches human clinical trial on coronavirus vaccine in Australia

A U.S. biotechnology company began injecting a coronavirus vaccine candidate into people in Australia on Tuesday [May 26] with hopes ...
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Infographic: 8 ways we can defeat the coronavirus

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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Video: There were objections to Spanish flu lockdowns too. Bad things happened when critics got their way

During the Spanish flu era, officials pushing public health mandates to stop the pandemic in its tracks were met with ...
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Exploring coronavirus patient DNA for answers: Why are some people hurt worse than others?

Thousands of UK patients who have fallen ill with coronavirus will have their genomes read in a major study to ...