Pressure mounts on FDA to grant full approval to COVID-19 vaccines

Pressure mounts on FDA to grant full approval to COVID-19 vaccines

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is under pressure to swiftly grant full approval to Covid-19 shots, as vaccine mandates ...
Concerned about insect declines? AI pollinating robots could come to the rescue

Concerned about insect declines? AI pollinating robots could come to the rescue

Across the globe, startups are testing robots to pollinate everything from blueberries to almonds. And in Australia, one company is ...
‘Precision microbiome analysis’ diets — based on almost no rigorous research — see surge in popularity

‘Precision microbiome analysis’ diets — based on almost no rigorous research — see surge in popularity

A crop of “precision nutrition” startups are racing to develop and engineer individualized diet programs, based on growing evidence that ...
Crispy plant-based bacon is the alternative protein ‘holy grail’

Crispy plant-based bacon is the alternative protein ‘holy grail’

[Beyond Meat’s] burgers, meatballs, sausage links and other plant-based meat products are projected to generate more than $500 million in ...
How AI could confer ‘digital immortality’

How AI could confer ‘digital immortality’

Researchers and entrepreneurs are starting to ponder how artificial intelligence could create versions of people after their deaths—not only as ...
Disorienting brain changes that occur during menopause are often only temporary

Disorienting brain changes that occur during menopause are often only temporary

In one of the first studies to take an in-depth look at brain changes in healthy women before and after ...
Africa and COVID: The world’s least prepared continent experiencing an increase in cases linked to new Delta variant

Africa and COVID: The world’s least prepared continent experiencing an increase in cases linked to new Delta variant

The speed of the takeover of the [Delta COVID] variant, which was first identified in India and is forcing governments ...
Looking past the aducanumab approval fiasco: 70 Alzheimer’s drugs are in the clinical pipeline

Looking past the aducanumab approval fiasco: 70 Alzheimer’s drugs are in the clinical pipeline

Researchers and drug makers have labored fruitlessly for decades to develop treatments that can slow [Alzheimer's] disease’s progression. More than ...
COVID epicenter moves to Indonesia and other developing countries as Delta variant surges

COVID epicenter moves to Indonesia and other developing countries as Delta variant surges

Indonesia, where Covid-19 cases have reached new highs, has reported about 500 deaths a day in the past week—almost triple ...
South Africa’s Caster Semenya, beset by testosterone level restrictions and intersex challenges, fails to qualify for Tokyo Olympics

South Africa’s Caster Semenya, beset by testosterone level restrictions and intersex challenges, fails to qualify for Tokyo Olympics

South Africa’s Caster Semenya can run 800 meters faster than any woman on the planet. But the two-time Olympic gold ...
Drinking and evolution: Why do we seem programmed to consume alcohol if it’s bad for our health?

Drinking and evolution: Why do we seem programmed to consume alcohol if it’s bad for our health?

At sites in eastern Turkey, dating to perhaps 12,000 years ago, the remains of what appear to be brewing vats, ...
A pill to treat COVID? US pours $3 billion into crash antiviral research targeting year-end treatment

A pill to treat COVID? US pours $3 billion into crash antiviral research targeting year-end treatment

The Biden administration will invest more than $3 billion on developing and manufacturing antiviral pills to treat coronavirus, the Department ...
Vaccinate the world against COVID? Why the ambitious multi-billion dollar plan to protect the world’s poor failed

Vaccinate the world against COVID? Why the ambitious multi-billion dollar plan to protect the world’s poor failed

The Covax program, conceived in early 2020 as a kind of Operation Warp Speed for the globe, was supposed to ...
Global COVID vaccine supply crunch? Wealthy developed countries snap up two years of supplies, hardening rich-poor divide

Global COVID vaccine supply crunch? Wealthy developed countries snap up two years of supplies, hardening rich-poor divide

The European Union, Canada and other developed countries have signed deals to get hundreds of millions of doses of Covid-19 ...
COVID vaccines aren’t generating antibodies for 10 million people in the US alone, including transplant recipients, who take immunosuppressants. What should they do?

COVID vaccines aren’t generating antibodies for 10 million people in the US alone, including transplant recipients, who take immunosuppressants. What should they do?

For many people like [Alicia Merritt,] a liver transplant patient who must take immunosuppressants daily to prevent her body from ...
‘Mixed-handers’ make up less than 1% of the world’s population — except in the NBA where 1 in 12 stars play and write with different hands. What’s going on?

‘Mixed-handers’ make up less than 1% of the world’s population — except in the NBA where 1 in 12 stars play and write with different hands. What’s going on?

LeBron James writes with his left hand, eats with his left hand and uses his dominant left hand for almost ...
A pill for breast cancer? There's one for early-stage patients with aggressive cases — and it works

A pill for breast cancer? There’s one for early-stage patients with aggressive cases — and it works

A drug sold by AstraZeneca and Merck & Co. reduced the recurrence of breast cancer in women with an early ...
Top US scientists concluded last spring that the Wuhan COVID lab leak theory is plausible and should be investigated, leaked classified documents show

Top US scientists concluded last spring that the Wuhan COVID lab leak theory is plausible and should be investigated, leaked classified documents show

A report on the origins of Covid-19 by a U.S. government national laboratory concluded that the hypothesis claiming the virus ...
Europe offers alternative to US-backed proposal to waive COVID vaccine property rights, saying its plan would spur innovation and help developing countries

Europe offers alternative to US-backed proposal to waive COVID vaccine property rights, saying its plan would spur innovation and help developing countries

The European Union is pushing back hard against U.S.-backed calls to temporarily waive intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines, preparing ...
For decades, scientists struggled to find a treatment for one of the most common lung cancer mutations. Amgen has won US approval for the first drug targeting the KRAS variant

For decades, scientists struggled to find a treatment for one of the most common lung cancer mutations. Amgen has won US approval for the first drug targeting the KRAS variant

[A new] drug, called Lumakras, was approved [May 28] to treat a portion of lung cancer patients with a particular ...
Wuhan lab leak or wet market outbreak? Biden calls for US intelligence agencies to ‘redouble’ investigative efforts into COVID origins

Wuhan lab leak or wet market outbreak? Biden calls for US intelligence agencies to ‘redouble’ investigative efforts into COVID origins

President Biden ordered a U.S. intelligence inquiry into the origins of Covid-19, following renewed scrutiny on the possibility that the ...
China and other countries across Asia have limited scourge of COVID infections — but they are falling behind the West in vaccination rates

China and other countries across Asia have limited scourge of COVID infections — but they are falling behind the West in vaccination rates

Most Asian countries have administered doses to less than 3% of their populations, while mainland China and Hong Kong have ...
Scientifically questionable 10-day pause of J&J vaccine has deepened hesitancy

Scientifically questionable 10-day pause of J&J vaccine has deepened hesitancy

The 10-day halt in administering Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine has made it harder to inoculate the hard-to-reach and hesitant, ...
Over the next decade, CRISPR and other forms of gene editing could help people with rare disorders — and millions more with heart disease, diabetes, and chronic pain

Over the next decade, CRISPR and other forms of gene editing could help people with rare disorders — and millions more with heart disease, diabetes, and chronic pain

In the next decade, Crispr-Cas9 and other new gene-editing techniques may protect the health [of] millions of people with a ...
Going maskless: CDC lifts almost all recommendations for mask wearing and physical distancing for the fully vaccinated

Going maskless: CDC lifts almost all recommendations for mask wearing and physical distancing for the fully vaccinated

Fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear a mask or physically distance during outdoor or indoor activities, large or small, ...
Lab-grown creations called chimeras are celebrated as science breakthroughs — but they are also a cause for concern

Lab-grown creations called chimeras are celebrated as science breakthroughs — but they are also a cause for concern

[R]esearchers from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calif., and China’s Kunming University of Science and Technology ...
With Olympics nearing, Japan reimposes emergency shutdowns in Tokyo and Osaka

With Olympics nearing, Japan reimposes emergency shutdowns in Tokyo and Osaka

With coronavirus infections rising sharply again, the governor of Tokyo said [April 20] that she planned to ask the central ...
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