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German measles likely jumped from bats to humans, much like COVID, raising concerns about future virus outbreaks

An estimated 100,000 newborns are affected by the [rubella virus] annually, mostly in Africa, the western Pacific, and the eastern ...
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‘Desperation is not a strategy’: Slew of low quality studies clouds picture of how to confront COVID-19

Desperate to solve the deadly conundrum of COVID-19, the world is clamoring for fast answers and solutions from a research ...
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‘It’s not premature to plan’: Deciding who gets the coronavirus vaccine first

The new coronavirus’ disproportionate toll on the elderly could put them at the front of the line [for a vaccine] ...
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Another pandemic? New swine flu identified in China could jump to humans

[A] new finding that pigs in China are more and more frequently becoming infected with a strain of influenza that ...
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How widespread is the pandemic? Proposed global blood bank could provide missing answers

Michael Mina is out for blood—millions of samples, which a nascent effort dubbed the Global Immunological Observatory (GIO), would monitor ...
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Polio vaccines are inexpensive, easily available, already approved—and they might work wonders against COVID-19

Recent reports indicate that COVID-19 may result in suppressed innate immune responses. Therefore, stimulation by live attenuated vaccines [such as ...
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‘It’s been so chaotic’: US government ‘Operation Warp Speed’ may not be focusing on developing the most promising COVID-19 vaccines

When the news broke [June 3] that Operation Warp Speed had selected five experimental COVID-19 vaccines to fast-track through testing ...
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Cells that fight pathogens might also speed up human ‘inflammaging’

Our T cells let us down as we age, becoming weaker pathogen fighters. This decline helps explain why elderly people ...
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‘Psychobiotics’: Can we control the way we think by altering gut bacteria?

The allure is simple: Drug development for neuropsychiatric disorders has lagged for decades, and many existing drugs don’t work for ...
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‘Operation warp speed’ hopes to turbocharge US quest for a coronavirus vaccine

Conventional wisdom is that a vaccine for COVID-19 is at least 1 year away, but the organizers of a U.S ...
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Scouring coronavirus patient genes to answer a question: Why do some people get deathly sick, when others don’t?

COVID-19, caused by the new pandemic coronavirus, is strangely—and tragically—selective. Only some infected people get sick, and although most of ...
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Identical sex chromosomes could be key to a long life

When 109-year-old Jessie Gallan was asked about the secret to her long life, she replied “staying away from men.” Other ...
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Consciousness is subjective. Does that mean it can’t be rigorously studied?

The science of consciousness has enjoyed a renaissance in the last couple of decades and the study of our own ...
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Failed HIV vaccine study is ‘another frustrating defeat’ in the fight against AIDS

The failure-ridden search for a vaccine that can stop the AIDS virus has delivered yet another frustrating defeat. The HIV ...
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Can we engineer soldiers to be immune to chemical attacks?

Despite international bans, some countries, such as Syria, use deadly nerve agents against enemy soldiers and civilians. Existing treatments for these ...
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Virus used to deliver gene therapy treatments may increase liver cancer risk, study suggests

Just as gene therapy finally seems to be living up to its promise, a study has revived a lingering worry ...
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Gene-editing pioneer Jennifer Doudna calls for greater accountability on anniversary of China scientist CRISPR gene editing human embryo

There are key moments in the history of every disruptive technology that can make or break its public perception and ...
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How old is your dog in human years? This calculator promises more accurate estimate, using epigenetics

Our Scotch collie, Buckaroo, is just shy of 14 years old. Following the long-debunked but still popular idea that one ...
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Why the public’s limited understanding of science makes horror movies so terrifying

In a memorable scene from the 1931 horror classic Frankenstein, Dr. Frankenstein stands over his sentient monster, a beast he created from ...
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