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Self-Experimentation in the Time of COVID-19
Amanda Heidt | Aug 6, 2020
Scientists are taking their own vaccines, an ethically murky practice that has a long and sometimes celebrated history in medicine.
Disrupted Habitats Have More Zoonotic Disease Hosts: Study
Lisa Winter | Aug 6, 2020
Animals that can host pathogens dangerous to humans, such as rodents, birds, and bats, are proportionately more common in human-occupied spaces than in remote areas.
DNA Could Thwart Trade of the World’s Most Trafficked Mammal
Diana Kwon | Aug 6, 2020
Pangolins are poached for their scales and meat, leading researchers to develop a set of molecular tools to help track and mitigate the trade.
In COVID-19–Hit Africa, Agricultural Research Feels the Pinch
Munyaradzi Makoni | Aug 6, 2020
The pandemic and accompanying lockdowns have meant missing growing seasons and losing out on key data. As restrictions are partially lifted, researchers are adjusting to the new normal.
Risk of Extinction Is Greatest for Large Herbivores: Study
Ruth Williams | Aug 5, 2020
Data on vertebrate species that have become, or are likely to become, extinct reveal plant eaters are most under threat.
New Study Bumps Global Emperor Penguin Numbers by 10 Percent
Amanda Heidt | Aug 5, 2020
Satellite images of penguin poop reveal eight entirely new colonies and confirm the existence of another three first reported in the 1960s.
MeTooSTEM Leader Admits to Faking Twitter Account
Amanda Heidt | Aug 4, 2020
BethAnn McLaughlin will step away from the organization after confirming allegations that she posed as @Sciencing_Bi, a fabricated queer indigenous researcher and victim of sexual harassment.
Does the Common Cold Protect You from COVID-19?
Chris Baraniuk | Aug 4, 2020
There are emerging signs that some people might have heightened protection against SARS-CoV-2, perhaps thanks to recent infection by other coronaviruses.
Study: Test College Students for Coronavirus Every Two Days
Shawna Williams | Aug 4, 2020
A model scenario concludes that frequent testing with fast turnaround is key to avoiding campus outbreaks of COVID-19, even if the tests are imperfect.
Most Members of Federal Fetal Tissue Ethics Panel Oppose Abortion
Lisa Winter | Aug 3, 2020
The members of a new advisory board to the NIH met for the first time and will weigh in on federal funding for grants that rely on donated tissue from abortions.