Drug development revolution: Messenger RNA has taken the lead in the COVID response - and that’s only the beginning

Drug development revolution: Messenger RNA has taken the lead in the COVID response – and that’s only the beginning

Unlike traditional vaccines, which use live viruses, dead ones, or bits of the shells that viruses come cloaked in to ...
Immunity from serious cases of COVID-19 could last for years, emerging research shows

Immunity from serious cases of COVID-19 could last for years, emerging research shows

[A new] study, published January 6 in Science, contrasts with earlier findings that suggested covid-19 immunity could be short-lived, putting millions ...
Pfizer vaccine data offer hope for a return to normalcy

Pfizer vaccine data offer hope for a return to normalcy

[A]dvisors to the US Food and Drug Administration voted in favor of emergency authorization for Pfizer’s covid-19 shot, and the data in ...
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Out-of-the-box vaccine candidate: Nasal drops of a very slow-growing, synthetic-biology developed version of COVID. It just might work

[S]ynthetic biology has led to a way to create a weakened form of the pandemic coronavirus that causes covid-19. Although ...
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Viewpoint: AI ethics guidelines will fail unless they account for regional and cultural differences

AI systems have repeatedly been shown to cause problems that disproportionately affect marginalized groups while benefiting a privileged few. The ...
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Brain hunger: The hunt to understand loneliness

Kay Tye set out to answer a question that has taken on new resonance in the age of social distancing: ...
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Limited COVID herd immunity may be developing in hardest hit areas, but it may last only months

Millions of US residents have been infected by the virus that causes covid-19, and at least 160,000 are dead. One ...
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DIY COVID-19 vaccine? George Church, other scientists experimenting with home brewed versions

Nearly 200 covid-19 vaccines are in development, and some three dozen are at various stages of human testing. But in ...
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How can we better expose ‘silent’ war crimes? Thousands of human rights violations identified through crowdsourced evidence

By some estimates, [a coalition between Saudi Arabia and eight other Sunni Arab states has] carried out over 20,000 air ...
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Why controlling COVID-19 outbreaks could make it harder to test a vaccine

The aim is a vaccine by January, and money is no object. On May 21, the US said it would ...
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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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‘Automation is in a tailspin’: How the pandemic has disrupted AI’s ability to understand us

When covid-19 hit, we started buying things we’d never bought before. The shift was sudden: the mainstays of Amazon’s top ...
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Is IVF an essential medical procedure during a pandemic?

The pandemic confronts patients and health-care providers with new ethical dilemmas. Is it too risky to pursue a fertility procedure ...
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Can Google’s medical AI improve our medical system? Laboratory results and real life offer different answers

[A] study from Google Health—the first to look at the impact of a deep-learning tool in real clinical settings—reveals that ...
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Coronavirus opens door for expanded use of artificial intelligence at hospitals

The Royal Bolton Hospital is among a growing number of health-care facilities around the world that are turning to AI ...
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Are coronavirus antigen tests the key to finding a way out of the pandemic crisis?

PCR testing isn’t perfect, but it’s seen as the most accurate form of testing available for viruses. Unfortunately, it takes ...
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Is life worth living after 75? Why this medical ethicist isn’t a fan of extending the human life span

In October 2014, [physician and medical ethicist] Ezekiel Emanuel published an essay in the Atlantic called “Why I Hope to ...
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‘It’s going to be a project’: Looking at unconventional efforts to ramp up our coronavirus testing ability

Right now, [coronavirus] gene tests—the most accurate kind—are run only in labs or on special hospital instruments. But [biotech entrepreneur ...
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‘Virtual dating’ and how the coronavirus is changing the romantic landscape

Welcome to dating and sex during the coronavirus pandemic. Dating apps have struggled; after all, the whole point of dating ...
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Coronavirus may survive longer than expected on uncleaned surfaces

The news: There were still traces of coronavirus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship 17 days after it emptied of passengers, according to a ...
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No ‘temporary disruption’: Coronavirus threatens to change our lives forever

We all want things to go back to normal quickly. But what most of us have probably not yet realized—yet ...
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Here’s how long the coronavirus survives on common surfaces

A big question in the outbreak of Covid-19, which has already infected more than 110,000, is how the germ that ...
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If we use it correctly, artificial intelligence could help us fight the next epidemic

It was an AI that first saw it coming, or so the story goes. On December 30, an artificial-intelligence company ...
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Tracking the coronavirus—and failed containment efforts—by digging through its genome

In the unprecedented outbreak of a new coronavirus sweeping the world, the germ’s genetic material may ultimately tell the story ...
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Why AI doctors could signal the arrival of superintelligent robots

What would alert us that superintelligence is indeed around the corner? We might call such harbingers canaries in the coal ...
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Creating a synthetic version of the coronavirus fuels hopes of treatments — and conspiracy theories

Synthetic versions of the deadly virus could help test treatments. But what are the risks when viruses can be synthetized ...
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Vision implant skips the eyes and goes directly to the brain of blind people

[Bernardeta] Gómez was given a six-month window during which she could see a very low-resolution semblance of the world represented ...
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Can artificial intelligence diagnose diseases? Promising apps in development but kinks remain

An algorithm that can spot cause and effect could supercharge medical AI. The technique, inspired by quantum cryptography, would allow ...
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