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What do non-identical identical twins have to do with COVID-19? Mutation!

What do non-identical identical twins have to do with COVID-19? Mutation!

Identical twins Stella and Desiree Vignes were born in 1938 in a Louisiana town so small that it wasn’t on ...
Marketers are beginning to use data mined from consumer DNA tests. Should we be worried?

Marketers are beginning to use data mined from consumer DNA tests. Should we be worried?

A woman lingers at a display of coffeemakers. Soon after, images of the very same contraptions festoon her Facebook feed, ...
Do you want to eat turkey or be the turkey: Reflect on this before you host a large gathering for Thanksgiving

Do you want to eat turkey or be the turkey: Reflect on this before you host a large gathering for Thanksgiving

My blog posts around Thanksgiving are predictably dull: Turkey Genetics 101, The Peaceable Genomes of Pumpkins. But 2020 is like no ...
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When it comes to COVID, nurture trumps nature – so far

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In the early weeks of the pandemic, as patients overwhelmed New York City hospitals, the clinical characteristics of the most ...
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Final weeks to approval: NIH’s Anthony Fauci and FDA’s Peter Marks on what’s ahead before we can expect a safe COVID vaccine

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As tens of thousands of people participate in phase 3 clinical trials on COVID-19 vaccine candidates, the focus is turning ...
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Infographic: 5 different ways COVID vaccines work

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COVID vaccine hesitancy is on the rise, perhaps in the wake of pressure to speed approval beyond scientific reason. But I think ...

How anti-Semitism shaped the genes of Jewish people

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Evidence of past outrages is not only in the history books. It's also written in our genomes ...
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‘Challenge studies’: Should we be testing COVID vaccines by intentionally infecting volunteers?

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To those who’ve never thought about volunteering to be intentionally infected to test a vaccine, the idea may at first ...
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Gene therapy for hemophilia delayed until 2022 after FDA rejects one-time treatment, shocking doctors and scientists

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U.S. regulators rejected [Biomarin’s] potentially game-changing hemophilia A gene therapy over concerns it might not really be a one-and-done lifetime ...
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Vaccine ‘durability’: COVID-19 immunizations coming soon but will they last?

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As the days unfold with a seeming sameness in this odd summer of the pandemic, news of vaccine clinical trials ...

Rare genetic disorder homocystinuria can cause strokes, seizures and death. A ‘genetic glitch’ in blind cavefish offers hope for a treatment

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The discovery of a gene behind the absence of eyes in Mexican cavefish may suggest a new way to treat ...
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The Three Stooges illustrate why coronavirus-fighting ‘antibody cocktails’ could help contain the virus well before a vaccine

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“You imbecile!” bellowed Moe Howard as he stuck a finger up the nose of Curly. Moe the bully would often ...
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‘Humanized mice’: Chimeras fuel quest to treat chronic diseases, cancer and even COVID-19

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Some medical conditions can't be ethically investigated in humans, so researchers are finding interesting ways to grow people parts in ...

Defying conventional wisdom: How did these Italian sisters live past 100?

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Recently in my endless email about COVID-19 popped up a new paper analyzing the health of two Italian sisters who ...

Coronavirus immunity passports could create a world of ‘us and them’. But here’s why they make sense

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Dividing groups of people into “us” and “them” isn’t usually a good idea, but in the scary new world of ...
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The tricky path for using stem cells to treat coronavirus-ravaged lungs

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The coronavirus pandemic has unleashed a wave of repurposing efforts, from old malaria drugs prescribed off-label to anti-virals stalled in ...

Quest for coronavirus treatment inspires modern twist on antique technique using survivors’ plasma

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There's no shortage of research efforts looking for ways to stop, or at least slow down, the novel coronavirus. Of ...
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‘At home’ coronavirus test? How CRISPR could change the way we search for COVID-19

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If we take the advice of health experts, we won't be attempting a return to normal life in the US ...

Can genetics explain the degrees of misery inflicted by the coronavirus?

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“The single biggest threat to man's continued dominance on the planet is the virus.” Joshua Lederberg, Nobel Prize in Physiology ...
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‘Designed to be slow’: Why these coronavirus vaccines in the pipeline won’t be ready this year

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New York City has become a curious mosaic of crowds and barrenness, people packed into hospitals and homes, yet familiar ...

‘Sophie’s Choice’ in the time of coronavirus: Deciding who gets the ventilator

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Three otherwise healthy patients go to the emergency department with severe acute respiratory failure. Only one ventilator, required to sustain ...
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In pursuit of coronavirus treatments and why we need to be cautious

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It's impossible to keep up with entries at that include the search term “COVID-19.” Last week when I posted Can ...
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Searching the world’s remedies for novel coronavirus treatments: Can Viagra, stem cells or Chinese herbs help?

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As the number of cases of COVID-19 continues to mount, so do entries at for potential treatments, reaching into ...
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Comparing the coronavirus pandemic to past pathogenic threats: HIV, anthrax and Ebola

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How does the COVID-19 pandemic compare to other infamous viral infections that have plagued us in modern times? It's a ...
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How the “F” word—flu—led to confusion as the coronavirus pandemic unfolded

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Thinking that a novel virus is like a familiar one is like assuming that a guinea pig is the same ...
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The risks of using gene drives to get rid of ‘pesky species’

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Using gene drives to eradicate pests has a potential downside—DNA is constantly changing. That means gene drives have the potential ...
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Will scientists ever get ahead of fast-mutating deadly health viruses? Exploring the coronavirus and the genetics of other viral outbreaks

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Even as our methods of detection and treatment improve, we will likely never be able to completely stay ahead of ...
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What’s your ‘ageotype’? Classification system explains why some of us are older—or younger—than we look

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Study shows that "it’s possible to change the way you age for the better." ...
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