When the Immune Response Makes COVID-19 Worse
When the Immune Response Makes COVID-19 Worse
If the immune system makes mistakes—reacting late or getting the target wrong—it can amplify the damage wrought by SARS-CoV-2.
When the Immune Response Makes COVID-19 Worse
When the Immune Response Makes COVID-19 Worse

If the immune system makes mistakes—reacting late or getting the target wrong—it can amplify the damage wrought by SARS-CoV-2.

If the immune system makes mistakes—reacting late or getting the target wrong—it can amplify the damage wrought by SARS-CoV-2.

Blue Whale, disease & medicine
Plenty of Evidence for Recombination in SARS-CoV-2
Plenty of Evidence for Recombination in SARS-CoV-2
Abby Olena | Sep 2, 2021
Different variants of the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic are swapping chunks of genetic material, but it’s not yet clear what implications that may have for public health.
Infographic: Bodily Systems Affected by Long COVID
Infographic: Bodily Systems Affected by Long COVID
Sruthi S. Balakrishnan | Sep 1, 2021
Symptoms documented in cases of long COVID are wide ranging and variable.
Opinion: What the History of Blood Transfusion Reveals About Risk
Opinion: What the History of Blood Transfusion Reveals About Risk
Paul A. Offit | Sep 1, 2021
Every medical intervention—even one with a centuries-long history—brings dangers, some of which become clear only later.
Mechanisms of Long COVID Remain Unknown but Data Are Rolling In
Mechanisms of Long COVID Remain Unknown but Data Are Rolling In
Sruthi S. Balakrishnan | Sep 1, 2021
A year and a half into the pandemic, the long-term effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection are garnering more research attention as millions of long COVID patients emerge.
Antisense Oligonucleotides Cross Rodents’ Blood-Brain Barrier
Antisense Oligonucleotides Cross Rodents’ Blood-Brain Barrier
Abby Olena | Aug 18, 2021
RNA-DNA complexes that were modified with cholesterol made it into the brains of rats and mice, where they knocked down target genes.
Noncoding RNA Improves Symptoms in Mice with Metabolic Disorder
Noncoding RNA Improves Symptoms in Mice with Metabolic Disorder
Abby Olena | Aug 6, 2021
A long noncoding RNA from humans appeared to help the enzyme phenylalanine hydroxylase work better in a mouse model of phenylketonuria, the disorder characterized by reduced activity of that enzyme.
Opinion: Treating Infertility as a Disease
Opinion: Treating Infertility as a Disease
Kate O'Neill | Aug 1, 2021
For too long, a physiological inability to conceive or carry a child through to birth has been seen as a minor medical issue.
A New View of My Own Past
A New View of My Own Past
Jef Akst | Aug 1, 2021
Hearing others’ perspectives on infertility and pregnancy has me reconsidering my own reproductive journey.
Contributors
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Aug 1, 2021
Meet some of the people featured in the August 2021 issue of The Scientist.
Citing Safety, French Institutions Temporarily Halt Prion Research
Citing Safety, French Institutions Temporarily Halt Prion Research
Annie Melchor | Jul 28, 2021
The three-month moratorium comes after a former prion researcher was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
Predictions of Most Human Protein Structures Made Freely Available
Predictions of Most Human Protein Structures Made Freely Available
Lisa Winter | Jul 23, 2021
The AlphaFold program from AI firm DeepMind has amassed a huge database of protein structures from humans and model organisms.
The Researchers Who Pivoted to COVID-19: One Year On
The Researchers Who Pivoted to COVID-19: One Year On
Shawna Williams | Jul 1, 2021
The Scientist checks in on scientists who switched gears to combat the pandemic.
Q&A: Human Challenge Studies of COVID-19 Underway in UK
Q&A: Human Challenge Studies of COVID-19 Underway in UK
Jef Akst | Jun 18, 2021
Researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Oxford are exposing healthy volunteers to SARS-CoV-2 for science.