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A Guide to Emerging SARS-CoV-2 Variants
A Guide to Emerging SARS-CoV-2 Variants
Scientists across the world are closely tracking the spread of mutations in the coronavirus and investigating whether they could render current vaccines less effective.
A Guide to Emerging SARS-CoV-2 Variants
A Guide to Emerging SARS-CoV-2 Variants

Scientists across the world are closely tracking the spread of mutations in the coronavirus and investigating whether they could render current vaccines less effective.

Scientists across the world are closely tracking the spread of mutations in the coronavirus and investigating whether they could render current vaccines less effective.

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SARS-CoV-2 Isn’t Going Away, Experts Predict
SARS-CoV-2 Isn’t Going Away, Experts Predict
David Adam | Jan 25, 2021
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.
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COVID-19’s Effects on the Brain
COVID-19’s Effects on the Brain
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 20, 2021
Autopsy studies have yet to find clear evidence of destructive viral invasion into patients’ brains, pushing researchers to consider alternative explanations of how SARS-CoV-2 causes neurological symptoms.
RNA Interference Comes of Age
RNA Interference Comes of Age
Diana Kwon | Dec 9, 2020
The third FDA approval of an RNAi-based therapeutic marks the growing success of a technique that took two decades to get off the ground.
AI-Assisted Cough Tracking Could Help Detect the Next Pandemic
AI-Assisted Cough Tracking Could Help Detect the Next Pandemic
Max Kozlov | Dec 6, 2020
Some researchers have turned their focus to artificial intelligence to study an underused symptom common to most respiratory pathogens—cough.
The Promise of mRNA Vaccines
The Promise of mRNA Vaccines
Diana Kwon | Nov 25, 2020
Long before Moderna’s and Pfizer’s COVID-19 shots, scientists had been considering the use of genetically encoded vaccines in the fight against infectious diseases, cancer, and more.
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Paper Recommends Women Avoid Female Mentors, Drawing Outrage
Paper Recommends Women Avoid Female Mentors, Drawing Outrage
Viviane Callier | Nov 24, 2020
A study makes policy recommendations to optimize citations, but critics say it fails to acknowledge that citations are a biased and narrow measure of scientific success.
Scientists Probe Blockers for the Coronavirus Spike Protein
Scientists Probe Blockers for the Coronavirus Spike Protein
Anthony King | Nov 5, 2020
SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, taps into human proteases such as furin to enter cells. Temporarily inhibiting those enzymes might stymie infection.
The Many Model Systems of COVID-19
The Many Model Systems of COVID-19
Abby Olena | Nov 4, 2020
Researchers turn to familiar model animals, along with some fresh strategies, to develop countermeasures against SARS-CoV-2 and investigate the biology of infection.
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The Specter of Endothelial Injury in COVID-19
The Specter of Endothelial Injury in COVID-19
Alakananda Dasgupta | Nov 3, 2020
Studies signal that damage to the endothelium—cells that cover blood vessels like wallpaper—could underpin the thrombosis and inflammation induced by coronavirus infection.