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Moderna tweaking COVID vaccine to target evasive new variants

Moderna tweaking COVID vaccine to target evasive new variants

Washington Post | 
[A] highly transmissible variant first detected in people who had recently traveled to Brazil was discovered in Minnesota. Moderna, the ...
Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine appears to protect against South African, UK COVID variants

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine appears to protect against South African, UK COVID variants

Washington Post | 
[A new] study showed the immunity conferred by the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine could block a version of the virus that contained one key ...
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Easy-to-administer single shot COVID vaccine from Johnson & Johnson in final phase testing

Washington Post | 
[An] experimental vaccine being developed by pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson is the fourth vaccine to enter the large, Phase 3 ...
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Science checking Trump’s touted convalescent plasma COVID treatment

Washington Post | 
President Trump announced [August 23] that he had helped break through a regulatory “logjam” to grant emergency authorization of convalescent ...
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No HIV vaccine yet but decades of false starts provide guidance to coronavirus researchers

Washington Post | 
Thirty-six years [after the virus's discovery], there still is no HIV vaccine. But instead of being a cautionary tale of ...

Wanted: Volunteers willing to risk getting sick from the coronavirus for the greater good

Washington Post | 
The Covid-19 Prevention Network, which knits together the existing federal clinical trial infrastructure developed largely to test HIV vaccines and ...
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Big risk, big rewards: Betting on RNA to make cheaper, faster coronavirus vaccines

Washington Post | 
[A] promising — but unproven — new generation of vaccine technologies is based on deploying a tiny snip of genetic ...
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Even with a vaccine, COVID-19 might be here to stay. Here’s what that means for society

Washington Post | 
It is a daunting proposition — a coronavirus-tinged world without a foreseeable end. But experts in epidemiology, disaster planning and ...
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Quest for coronavirus vaccine is the new ‘space race’. Will bragging rights go to China or the US?

Washington Post | 
The same day in mid-March that the United States launched human testing of its first experimental coronavirus vaccine, scientists in ...

Older vaccines for polio and tuberculosis could ‘rev up’ the body’s immune system to counter COVID-19

Washington Post | 
Two tried-and-true vaccines — a century-old inoculation against tuberculosis and a decades-old polio vaccine once given as a sugar cube ...
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Moderna announces July clinical trials after experimental coronavirus vaccine shows promising early results

Washington Post | 
Moderna, the Massachusetts biotechnology company behind a leading effort to create a coronavirus vaccine, announced promising early results from its ...

‘It’s a cacophony’: Quest for coronavirus treatments undermined by ‘disorganized and scattershot’ US approach

Washington Post | 
In a desperate bid to find treatments for people sickened by the coronavirus, doctors and drug companies have launched more ...
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Bringing ‘medical lore’ to life: Century-old practice of plasma infusions could be used against coronavirus

Washington Post | 
An old idea for fighting infections — an approach most physicians know about only from medical lore — is being ...
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3 scientists win Nobel Prize in medicine for work on cell’s ability to ‘sense and adapt to oxygen availability’

Washington Post | 
The Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine was awarded Monday to three physician-scientists from the U.S. and Britain — William ...
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Second person cured of HIV? Stem cell transplant sends ‘London patient’ into long-term remission

Washington Post | 
A man has been in remission from HIV for a year and a half, without drugs, after receiving a stem ...

Esketamine nasal spray, touted as biggest advance in years for treating depression, gets FDA approval

Washington Post | 
The Food and Drug Administration approved a novel antidepressant late Tuesday [March 5] for people with depression that does not ...
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Genes or environment? Twins study offers ‘unsatisfying answer’ when it comes to disease

Washington Post | 
It’s the next chapter in the nature-nurture debate: To keep people healthy, is it better to focus on people’s Zip ...
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Animal gene editing could ‘transform’ our food supply, but will ‘questionable regulations’ block innovation?

Washington Post | 
As scientists in labs across the world create virus-resistant pigs, heat-tolerant cattle and fatter, more muscular lambs, a big question looms: Will regulation, safety ...

Can gene therapy offer a cure for sickle-cell disease?

Washington Post | 
[I]n November, six months after [21-year-old Manny] Johnson became the first patient to receive an experimental therapy aimed at curing ...

Calls for a halt to heart stem cell trial based on controversial research

Washington Post | 
Days after Harvard Medical School said it found extensive falsified or fabricated data from the laboratory of a prominent heart researcher, ...

‘Hugely influential’ papers on cardiac stem cells declared ‘fraudulent’ by Harvard

Washington Post | 
An internal investigation by Harvard Medical School has determined that 31 scientific publications from the laboratory of a high-profile cardiologist ...

Can’t remember what happened last night? How alcohol creates blackouts

Washington Post | 
The allegations of sexual assault against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh have a common element of binge drinking, and highlight the ...
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Fighting the next pandemic with injection-free ‘vaccine patches’

Washington Post | 
When the next dead­ly pan­dem­ic flu hits, the first chal­lenge will be to de­vel­op a vac­cine. But loom­ing behind that ob­sta­cle is ...

Human eggs from blood cells? New technique could ‘transform reproduction’

Washington Post | 
Scientists in Japan made progress recently in the quest to combat infertility, creating the precursor to a human egg cell in a ...
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Robot peer pressure and why we may need to fear ‘artificial stupidity’

Washington Post | 
When the robot revolution arrives, we all know the plot: Smarter machines will supersede human intelligence and outwit us, enslave ...
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Tamed foxes could help unravel complex genetics behind social behavior

Washington Post | 
[D]omestication, based purely on behavioral traits, can result in other changes — like curlier tails and changes to fur color ...

Should we sequence DNA of healthy newborn babies?

Washington Post | 
Genome sequencing is supposed to be the future of medicine — a revolution that will bring about a new age ...
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Evolutionary origins of genitalia unveiled

Boston Globe | 
When the first animals scrambled out of the water to live on land, they needed limbs and lungs. And something ...
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