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First US Outbreak of COVID-19 Seeded in Mid-February: Preprint
Kerry Grens | May 27, 2020
A modeling study counters initial interpretations that the cluster began with someone who flew to Seattle in mid-January.
Updated May 27
COVID-19 Vaccine Frontrunners
Jef Akst | Apr 7, 2020
Several vaccine candidates have been approved for early testing in people. Many more are close on their heels.
WHO Halts Hydroxychloroquine Testing Over Safety Concerns
Catherine Offord | May 27, 2020
A paper published in
reported that hospitalized COVID-19 patients taking the drug had a higher risk of death, although some researchers have raised questions about the data.
COVID-19 Vaccine Researchers Mindful of Immune Enhancement
Katarina Zimmer | May 26, 2020
There is no evidence that any of the coronavirus vaccines in development worsen a coronavirus infection rather than confer immunity to it, but the phenomenon is something scientists are closely monitoring.
Alzheimer’s Gene Linked to Higher Risk of Severe COVID-19
Jef Akst | May 26, 2020
Two copies of the
variant, which confers a higher risk of dementia, doubles the risk of severe symptoms as a result of infection with SARS-CoV-2, according to a study.
Updated May 26
Follow the Coronavirus Outbreak
Staff | Feb 20, 2020
SARS-CoV-2 dampens host cells’ innate immune reaction; Dementia-related genetic variant tied to higher risk of severe COVID-19; What we lose when we lose human touch
Environmental Factors Don’t Explain Rise in Autism Prevalence
Peter Hess | May 22, 2020
A large twin study in Sweden finds genetics has a much larger influence on the odds of an autism diagnosis, and has remained consistent over time.
Marine Biologist and Inventor John Kanwisher Dies
Nancy Kanwisher | May 21, 2020
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientist developed telemetry devices to study animals’ physiology in the wild.
SARS-CoV-2 Protein Hampers Innate Immune Reaction In Vitro
Abby Olena | May 21, 2020
The viral protein known as ORF3b limits the induction of the type I interferon response, which typically alerts other immune system components to the presence of a virus, in cultured cells.
Humans Inoculated with Genetically Modified Malaria Parasites
Ruth Williams | May 20, 2020
parasites form the basis of two experimental malaria vaccines that showed safety and encouraging immune responses in clinical trials.