David Adam

David Adam

David Adam is a freelance science journalist and a bestselling author based in the UK. He has a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Leeds. See more about his work at

Articles by David Adam
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Doubts Raised Over Whether Mice Can Truly Inherit Immunity
David Adam | Jan 26, 2022 | 3 min read
An independent lab fails to replicate results suggesting mammals exposed to pathogens could pass on immunological protections through epigenetic mechanisms.
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The Common Mouth Microbe That Keeps Popping Up in Tumors
David Adam | Dec 15, 2021 | 6 min read
Lab studies link the oral bacteria Fusobacterium nucleatum to cancers from the gut to the head and neck. Could targeting the microbe tackle tumors?
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Cell Diversity Could Spell Trouble for Animal Models of Cancer
David Adam | Nov 19, 2021 | 3 min read
Tracking human cancers in mice shows some unexpected cell changes that could undermine translational research.  
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Mice that Survive Infection Pass on Stronger Immunity
David Adam | Oct 18, 2021 | 3 min read
Offspring of animals subjected to a real or simulated pathogen were more able to fend off disease, a study finds.
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West Nile Virus and Climate Change: It’s Complicated
David Adam | Sep 28, 2021 | 3 min read
Warmer temperatures are likely to increase the prevalence of the mosquito-borne disease in many places, but not all.
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Protein Size Matters
David Adam | Sep 23, 2021 | 3 min read
A study probes how genetic duplications that can swell protein length influence human traits such as height and kidney function.
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Morphine Tolerance Pathway Identified in Mice
David Adam | Sep 20, 2021 | 3 min read
Prolonged exposure to morphine triggers cells in the spine to release signaling molecules that increase pain sensitivity and dull the relief of the drug. Blocking this activity could improve pain management.
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SARS-CoV-2 Isn’t Going Away, Experts Predict
David Adam | Jan 25, 2021 | 4 min read
As politicians try to schedule an end to the pandemic, scientists say the virus will stick around as an endemic disease similar to the common cold.
Counting the Lives Saved by Lockdowns—and Lost to Slow Action
David Adam | Jul 6, 2020 | 4 min read
Social distancing measures prevented millions of COVID-19–related deaths around the world, according to a handful of studies, but it’s hard to quantify the effects with certainty.
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It’s So Hard to Know Who’s Dying of COVID-19—and When
David Adam | May 18, 2020 | 5 min read
It can take days for each death to be recorded in official statistics. “Nowcasting” estimates the actual occurrence of deaths, and the true peak of the pandemic.