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Moderna Developing Booster Shot for New Virus Variant B.1.351
Moderna Developing Booster Shot for New Virus Variant B.1.351
Asher Jones | Jan 25, 2021
New data suggest that the company’s approved COVID-19 vaccine protects against different virus variants, but could be less effective against the one that originated in South Africa.
Data Hint B.1.1.7 Could Be More Deadly Than Thought
Data Hint B.1.1.7 Could Be More Deadly Than Thought
Shawna Williams | Jan 25, 2021
In addition to being more transmissible, the variant now dominant in the UK may be about 30 percent more deadly than previous strains, but much uncertainty remains.
Bee Reports over the Past Century Indicate a Loss of Diversity
Bee Reports over the Past Century Indicate a Loss of Diversity
Asher Jones | Jan 22, 2021
An analysis of museum data and naturalists' observations finds that the number of bee species recorded has been declining since the 1990s. The first global, long-term study of bee trends adds to mounting evidence that the pollinators are in trouble worldwide.
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COVID-19 Vaccine Frontrunners
COVID-19 Vaccine Frontrunners
Jef Akst | Apr 7, 2020
Stay up-to-date on the progress of dozens of vaccine candidates that are currently undergoing clinical testing.
New SARS-CoV-2 Variant Could Evade Antibodies
New SARS-CoV-2 Variant Could Evade Antibodies
Lisa Winter | Jan 22, 2021
A preprint casts doubt on vaccine effectiveness in light of certain mutations in the 501Y.V2 variant that emerged from South Africa.
Q&A: Natural History Museums’ Role in Pandemic Surveillance
Q&A: Natural History Museums’ Role in Pandemic Surveillance
Max Kozlov | Jan 21, 2021
Host vouchering, the practice of preserving species known to harbor infectious diseases, can be used to help determine a pathogen’s source, scientists say.
A Tweak to Immune Cells Reverses Aging in Mice
A Tweak to Immune Cells Reverses Aging in Mice
Abby Olena | Jan 20, 2021
Knocking out the receptor for a lipid that causes inflammation rejuvenates macrophage metabolism and restores cognitive function in an Alzheimer’s disease model.
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COVID-19’s Effects on the Brain
COVID-19’s Effects on the Brain
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 20, 2021
Autopsy studies have yet to find clear evidence of destructive viral invasion into patients’ brains, pushing researchers to consider alternative explanations of how SARS-CoV-2 causes neurological symptoms.
Coronavirus Variant Linked to COVID-19 Outbreaks in California
Coronavirus Variant Linked to COVID-19 Outbreaks in California
Asher Jones | Jan 19, 2021
It’s too early to know whether the L452R version of SARS-CoV-2 is highly infectious like the B.1.1.7 UK variant that is also spreading around the US.