Mystery Illness Cluster in India May Be Due to Neurotoxin
Mystery Illness Cluster in India May Be Due to Neurotoxin
Health officials are searching for possible exposures to heavy metals, but no sources of contamination have been identified.
Mystery Illness Cluster in India May Be Due to Neurotoxin
Mystery Illness Cluster in India May Be Due to Neurotoxin

Health officials are searching for possible exposures to heavy metals, but no sources of contamination have been identified.

Health officials are searching for possible exposures to heavy metals, but no sources of contamination have been identified.

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Genetic Reprogramming Restores Vision in Mice: Study
Max Kozlov | Dec 6, 2020
Researchers repaired what is otherwise irreversible damage in the animals’ ocular neurons, by activating transcription factors ordinarily used to generate induced pluripotent stem cells.
DeepMind AI Speeds Up the Time to Determine Proteins’ Structures
Lisa Winter | Dec 2, 2020
The technology solves proteins’ 3-D shapes in minutes, when traditional methods may take years.
Opinion: Emergency Use Authorizations Are a Threat to Science 
Kevin J. Tracey, Christina Brennan | Dec 1, 2020
As COVID-19 therapies get emergency-use green lights, the Biden administration must organize a therapeutic review board to help identify what’s working and what’s not.
Gloria Echeverria Investigates an Insidious Form of Breast Cancer
Max Kozlov | Dec 1, 2020
The newly minted Baylor College of Medicine faculty member is working to crack the mystery of triple negative breast cancer.
Ten Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2020
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Science Is My Copilot
Bob Grant | Dec 1, 2020
As the world around us seems increasingly volatile, protecting and respecting the integrity of research and evidence becomes more important than ever.
a woman sitting on a bed with her head in her arms
Blood MicroRNA Patterns Linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 30, 2020
A finding of distinct patterns of gene-regulating RNA snippets in the blood of ME/CFS patients in response to a stress test could pave the way for a diagnostic tool for the condition and help untangle its underlying mechanisms.
SARS-CoV-2 Genetic Variant May Be More Transmissible
Abby Olena | Nov 25, 2020
The so-called 614G mutation in the viral spike protein does not appear to cause more severe cases of COVID-19, but multiple studies indicate that it could be more contagious.
Immunity to SARS-CoV-2 Lasts at Least Six Months, Data Show
Ashley Yeager | Nov 23, 2020
Half a year after infection, people who had recovered from COVID-19 had robust antibodies, along with traces of the virus in their gut, which may drive long-lasting immunity.
Q&A: COVID-19 Infectiousness Peaks Early in Sickness, Study Shows
Max Kozlov | Nov 23, 2020
Patients’ viral loads are highest within five days of their first symptoms, emphasizing the need to isolate early to prevent transmission.
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Alzheimer’s-Linked Mutation Causes Blockages in Neurons
Ian Le Guillou | Nov 20, 2020
The variant causes a buildup of BACE1 protein in axons in cultured neurons and mice. Researchers say it might be time to rethink failed trials that inhibit BACE1 to treat the neurodegenerative disease.
Mosquitos in Asia and the Americas More Susceptible to Zika Virus
Abby Olena | Nov 19, 2020
A study explains how Zika was present among mosquitoes in Africa for decades without causing the harm to human health seen outside the continent in recent years.
Breastmilk Harbors Antibodies to SARS-CoV-2
Ashley Yeager | Nov 17, 2020
An abundance of immunoglobulin antibodies, and a paucity of viral RNA, in breastmilk offer evidence that women can safely continue breastfeeding during the pandemic.
Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine 94 Percent Effective: Initial Data
Max Kozlov | Nov 16, 2020
The results mark the second experimental COVID-19 vaccine to show high efficacy, but the study is not complete and the data have not been peer reviewed.
Q&A: Minks Can Transmit SARS-CoV-2 to Humans, Study Shows
Max Kozlov | Nov 13, 2020
Whole genome sequencing of the virus infecting the farm animals showed that it spread from the workers to the mink and back, indicating that an animal could serve as a viral reservoir.
SARS-CoV-2 Exits Cells Via Lysosomes
Abby Olena | Nov 13, 2020
A study finds that β-coronaviruses don’t use the normal secretory pathway, a possible explanation for some aspects of COVID-19 pathology.
Slideshow: Solving a Gray Whale Murder Mystery
Ashley Yeager | Nov 12, 2020
One way to investigate the record-setting deaths of the marine mammals is to perform autopsies on them, but researchers are also taking a close look at living whales for clues to what could be killing them.
Common Cold Coronaviruses Tied to Less Severe COVID-19 Cases
Anthony King | Nov 11, 2020
Outcomes in COVID-19 patients may be better in those recently infected with endemic coronaviruses. 
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Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine 90 Percent Effective: Initial Data
Max Kozlov | Nov 9, 2020
Vaccine experts say the results surpass their expectations, but the study is not complete, and the data have not been peer reviewed.