Religion on the Brain
Religion on the Brain
Researchers in a small but growing field search for neural correlates of religiosity and spirituality.
Religion on the Brain
Religion on the Brain

Researchers in a small but growing field search for neural correlates of religiosity and spirituality.

Researchers in a small but growing field search for neural correlates of religiosity and spirituality.

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The Pandemic Crushed the Flu—What Happens When It Returns?
The Pandemic Crushed the Flu—What Happens When It Returns?
Diana Kwon | Jul 7, 2021
Cases of influenza and other respiratory viruses sank dramatically during the pandemic, with potential implications for both people and pathogens.  
Study that Impregnated Male Rats Stirs Controversy
Study that Impregnated Male Rats Stirs Controversy
Andy Tay | Jun 25, 2021
A combination of approaches, including uterus transplantation and the joining of two animals’ circulatory systems, allowed males to bear pups, according to a preprint. But some experts say the experiments were not justified.  
COVID-19 Vaccine Combos Aim to Boost Immunity
COVID-19 Vaccine Combos Aim to Boost Immunity
Asher Jones | Mar 9, 2021
Mix-and-match shots could simplify vaccine rollout and stimulate more-robust immune responses. Ongoing clinical trials will soon give answers.
What Pseudoviruses Bring to the Study of SARS-CoV-2
What Pseudoviruses Bring to the Study of SARS-CoV-2
Amanda Heidt | Feb 16, 2021
Engineered viruses that don’t replicate provide a tractable model for scientists to safely study SARS-CoV-2, including research into vaccine efficacy and emerging variants.
Vaccines Versus the Mutants
Vaccines Versus the Mutants
Anthony King | Feb 8, 2021
Facing new variants of SARS-CoV-2, some vaccines may offer more robust protection or be more easily redesigned to target them.
Will Delaying Vaccine Doses Cause a Coronavirus Escape Mutant?
Will Delaying Vaccine Doses Cause a Coronavirus Escape Mutant?
Chris Baraniuk | Feb 4, 2021
With many millions of people waiting several weeks to receive a second COVID-19 vaccine dose in some countries, experts consider the possibility that SARS-CoV-2 could evolve vaccine resistance.
Reduced Adult Neurogenesis Linked with Alzheimer’s Disease
Reduced Adult Neurogenesis Linked with Alzheimer’s Disease
Abby Olena | Feb 1, 2021
Manipulating the production of new neurons can improve cognition in animal models of the disease, raising the possibility that figuring out a way for humans to make more neurons could make a difference for people with dementia.
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A Guide to Emerging SARS-CoV-2 Variants
A Guide to Emerging SARS-CoV-2 Variants
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 26, 2021
Scientists across the world are closely tracking the spread of mutations in the coronavirus and investigating whether they could render current vaccines less effective.
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.
More SARS-CoV-2 Reinfections Reported, But Still a Rare Event
More SARS-CoV-2 Reinfections Reported, But Still a Rare Event
Ashley Yeager | Oct 26, 2020
Repeat COVID-19 cases could offer clues about people’s immunity to the novel coronavirus and how to vaccinate against it.
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Amid Pandemic, Scientists Lean on Credentials in Political Races
Amid Pandemic, Scientists Lean on Credentials in Political Races
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 9, 2020
Numerous candidates with STEM backgrounds are running for federal seats, and record numbers are competing in local races across the country.