The Researchers Who Pivoted to COVID-19: One Year On
The Researchers Who Pivoted to COVID-19: One Year On
The Scientist checks in on scientists who switched gears to combat the pandemic.
The Researchers Who Pivoted to COVID-19: One Year On
The Researchers Who Pivoted to COVID-19: One Year On

The Scientist checks in on scientists who switched gears to combat the pandemic.

The Scientist checks in on scientists who switched gears to combat the pandemic.

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Labs Worldwide Still Struggling Amid Broken Supply Chains
Labs Worldwide Still Struggling Amid Broken Supply Chains
Katarina Zimmer | May 21, 2021
Countries outside the US and Europe that are already used to long wait times for laboratory supplies are facing greater research disruptions than ever during the pandemic.
Coronavirus Mutations Could Muddle COVID-19 PCR Tests
Coronavirus Mutations Could Muddle COVID-19 PCR Tests
Jack J. Lee | May 17, 2021
Researchers find that SARS-CoV-2 variants can evade primer-probe sets and recommend that diagnostic assays include multiple targets for reliability.
Sewage Sampling Robots Speed SARS-CoV-2 Detection
Sewage Sampling Robots Speed SARS-CoV-2 Detection
Ruth Williams | May 1, 2021
An automated wastewater monitoring technique could enable researchers to predict outbreaks of the virus up to a week in advance.
Infographic: How to Ferret Out SARS-CoV-2 in Sewage
Infographic: How to Ferret Out SARS-CoV-2 in Sewage
Ruth Williams | May 1, 2021
Researchers use magnetic nanoparticles and liquid-handling robots in an effort to detect COVID-19 outbreaks early.
Microbiologist Thomas Brock Dies at 94
Microbiologist Thomas Brock Dies at 94
Lisa Winter | Apr 23, 2021
Brock’s discovery of a thermophile bacteria at Yellowstone National Park in 1966 eventually enabled the development of PCR.
Simple Spit Test Could Diagnose Concussions
Simple Spit Test Could Diagnose Concussions
Asher Jones | Mar 24, 2021
A noninvasive saliva test accurately identified concussions in a study of hundreds of rugby players.
Breastmilk Harbors Antibodies to SARS-CoV-2
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.
Toward COVID-19 Testing Any Time, Anywhere
Toward COVID-19 Testing Any Time, Anywhere
Abby Olena | Sep 2, 2020
Researchers are adapting CRISPR, synthetic biology, and other creative approaches to detect SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acids outside of the lab or doctors’ offices, in the hopes of making diagnostics more affordable and accessible.
U of Illinois Returns to School with 20,000 Saliva Tests Per Day
U of Illinois Returns to School with 20,000 Saliva Tests Per Day
Emma Yasinski | Aug 28, 2020
The school requires each student, faculty, and staff member to be tested twice per week and sends the results straight to their cell phones.
FDA Approves New Saliva-Based COVID-19 Test
FDA Approves New Saliva-Based COVID-19 Test
Amanda Heidt | Aug 17, 2020
SalivaDirect, an open-source protocol, avoids many of the supply bottlenecks of other tools and could be offered for as little as $10 a test.
For the Greater Good: A Profile of Eva Harris
For the Greater Good: A Profile of Eva Harris
Diana Kwon | Jul 13, 2020
Through groundbreaking studies on dengue and efforts to build scientific infrastructure in Latin America, the University of California, Berkeley, professor has bridged research with its benefits to society.
Image of the Day: Huo-Yan Air Lab
Image of the Day: Huo-Yan Air Lab
Amy Schleunes | Apr 9, 2020
An inflatable biosafety laboratory may help meet the global need for testing infrastructure during the COVID-19 pandemic.
FDA Gives Abbott Emergency Use of Five-Minute Coronavirus Test
FDA Gives Abbott Emergency Use of Five-Minute Coronavirus Test
Kerry Grens | Mar 30, 2020
The machine can be run in doctor’s offices and other point-of-care settings to give rapid results.