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Updated May 27
COVID-19 Vaccine Frontrunners
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
WHO Halts Hydroxychloroquine Testing Over Safety Concerns
Catherine Offord | May 27, 2020
A paper published in The Lancet 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
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
Alzheimer’s Gene Linked to Higher Risk of Severe COVID-19
Jef Akst | May 26, 2020
Two copies of the APOE4 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
Follow the Coronavirus Outbreak
The Scientist 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
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
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
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
Humans Inoculated with Genetically Modified Malaria Parasites
Ruth Williams | May 20, 2020
Engineered Plasmodium parasites form the basis of two experimental malaria vaccines that showed safety and encouraging immune responses in clinical trials.