Group of cells stained in either blue or green in a black background.
Diabetes Marker Linked to COVID-19 Severity in Mice
A sugar that’s less abundant in the blood of people with diabetes binds to SARS-CoV-2’s spike protein and disrupts the virus’s ability to fuse with cells.  
ABOVE: Modified from Fig. 4G in Nat Metab, DOI: 10.1038/s42255-022-00567-z, 2022.
Diabetes Marker Linked to COVID-19 Severity in Mice
Diabetes Marker Linked to COVID-19 Severity in Mice

A sugar that’s less abundant in the blood of people with diabetes binds to SARS-CoV-2’s spike protein and disrupts the virus’s ability to fuse with cells.  

A sugar that’s less abundant in the blood of people with diabetes binds to SARS-CoV-2’s spike protein and disrupts the virus’s ability to fuse with cells.  

ABOVE: Modified from Fig. 4G in Nat Metab, DOI: 10.1038/s42255-022-00567-z, 2022.

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FDA Limits Use of J&J Vaccine, Citing Safety Concerns
Natalia Mesa | May 6, 2022
US adults are now only eligible for the vaccine under certain circumstances.
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Growing Evidence Ties COVID-19 to Diabetes Risk
Bianca Nogrady | May 3, 2022
Studies suggest SARS-CoV-2 infection could trigger the development of diabetes in some people, even those with no other risk factors.
Characterizing Proteolysis During SARS-CoV-2 Infection
Characterizing Proteolysis During SARS-CoV-2 Infection
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with Thermo Fisher Scientific | Nov 2, 2021
Edward Emmott will discuss mass spectrometry approaches to understand proteolysis during viral infection and their use in developing targeted strategies for COVID-19 treatment.
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Mysterious Hepatitis Cases Reported in Young Children
Natalia Mesa | Apr 18, 2022
Officials have ruled out known hepatitis viruses as the cause of a rash of illnesses in Europe and the US.
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Q&A: Thousands of RNA Viruses Newly Discovered in Ocean Water
Dan Robitzski | Apr 7, 2022
The Scientist spoke with Ohio State University microbiologist Matthew Sullivan about a recent expedition that identified thousands of RNA viruses from water samples and cataloged them into novel phylogenic groups.
Understanding COVID’s Long Game
Understanding COVID’s Long Game
The Creative Services Team in collaboration with Cayman Chemical | Oct 21, 2021
Floyd Chilton and Thomas Bumol shine light on the pathways that SARS-CoV-2 hijacks to cause disease.
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Biden Orders More Research on Long COVID
Christie Wilcox | Apr 6, 2022
A new presidential memorandum requires the Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate a government-wide push to generate a research action plan for the condition.
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SARS-CoV-2 Can Spread Via Cell-to-Cell Transmission
Catherine Offord | Apr 4, 2022
The virus’s ability to slip directly from one cell to another may help it avoid some of the body’s immune responses.
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Keeping Pace With SARS-CoV-2 Evolution
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with Thermo Fisher Scientific | Sep 29, 2021
Eugene Koonin and Eric Niederkofler discuss novel technologies to improve viral mutation surveillance.
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Opinion: Climate Change Is Dangerous to Your Health
Mark Kessel, Rick Elbaum | Apr 4, 2022
In addition to causing more frequent natural disasters, global warming can have long-term health effects, which range from heat stress to mosquito-borne disease.
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Living the Life Pandemic
Bob Grant | Mar 16, 2022
The first part of 2022 is giving us a glimpse of humanity’s future relationship with COVID-19.
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A New COVID-19 Spit Test Is as Easy as 1-2-3
Roni Dengler, PhD | Aug 16, 2021
A device smaller than two stacked decks of cards can reliably detect and discriminate between SARS-CoV-2 variants in spit in less than an hour with results that glow.
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Editorial: When Will This Pandemic Officially End?
Bob Grant | Mar 11, 2022
And does it even matter?
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COVID-19 Linked to Neural Changes
Shawna Williams | Mar 7, 2022
A study that examined the brains of people before and after SARS-CoV-2 infection found a decrease in brain volume and damage to olfactory areas compared with controls.
Approaches to Processing SARS-CoV-2 Samples for RNA Detection
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with MilliporeSigma | May 10, 2021
Discover new RNA extraction and purification strategies and how they enable reliable and sensitive viral detection.
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Possible Case of Deer-To-Human SARS-CoV-2 Transmission
Catherine Offord | Mar 3, 2022
Canadian researchers identify a highly mutated variant of the virus in white-tailed deer and link it to a human COVID-19 case in the region—though they emphasize that the infection risk to people is low.
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New Preprints Further Implicate Market in Pandemic’s Origins
Natalia Mesa | Feb 28, 2022
Three studies that analyzed samples from Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market add to evidence that SARS-CoV-2 has zoonotic origins.
How Infectious Diseases Affect the Brain
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Apr 8, 2021
From a loss of taste to dementia, infectious agents cause an array of neurological symptoms.
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Pfizer Vaccine Less Protective for Younger Kids: Preprint
Dan Robitzski | Feb 28, 2022
The vaccine’s effectiveness in children ages 5 to 11 rapidly declined over the course of a month, according to new research that looked at the health outcomes of hundreds of thousands of children in New York during the Omicron surge.