Pan troglodytes, Sarcina, bacteria, bacterium, disease, chimpanzees, chimps, conservation
New Bacterium Linked to Chimp Deaths
The newly discovered microbe seems to be responsible for a mysterious neurological disease that has killed dozens of critically endangered Western chimpanzees.
New Bacterium Linked to Chimp Deaths
New Bacterium Linked to Chimp Deaths

The newly discovered microbe seems to be responsible for a mysterious neurological disease that has killed dozens of critically endangered Western chimpanzees.

The newly discovered microbe seems to be responsible for a mysterious neurological disease that has killed dozens of critically endangered Western chimpanzees.

protozoans, disease & medicine, developmental biology
Respected Medical Geneticist Sir Peter Harper Dies at 81
Catherine Offord | Feb 2, 2021
The Cardiff University researcher was famous both for his work on genetic disorders and for his documentation of the history of his field.
Obituary, obituaries, Rutgers university, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, coronavirus, pandemic, saliva, diagnostics, disease & medicine, saliva testing, techniques
Andrew Brooks, Designer of COVID-19 Saliva Test, Dies at 51
Amanda Heidt | Feb 2, 2021
The Rutgers University researcher created the first FDA-authorized spit test, which has since been used by millions of people.
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.
Siobhán Brady Uses Big Data to Investigate Plant Development
Shawna Williams | Feb 1, 2021
The University of California, Davis, professor is a pioneer in teasing apart the changes in gene expression that drive root development.
Are Phages Overlooked Mediators of Health and Disease?
Catherine Offord | Feb 1, 2021
Bacteria-infecting viruses affect the composition and behavior of microbes in the mammalian gut—and perhaps influence human biology.
Infographic: Trans-kingdom Interactions in the Gut
Catherine Offord | Feb 1, 2021
Phages interact with bacteria and eukaryotic cells in ways that researchers suspect influence mammalian health.
SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19, coronavirus, pandemic, virus, vaccine, vaccination, outbreak, infectious disease, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer, drug development
One-Shot COVID-19 Vaccine Prevents Severe Disease
Asher Jones | Jan 29, 2021
Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine is less effective at preventing COVID-19 than other approved vaccines are, but experts say it could still be an important tool in curbing the pandemic.
Antibody Spike Months After Ebola Infection Surprisingly Common
Catherine Offord | Jan 27, 2021
A study of people in Sierra Leone suggests that the virus can lie in hiding from the immune system before re-emerging later and sparking a new response—although researchers didn’t examine whether this could make people infectious again.
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Moderna Developing Booster Shot for New Virus Variant B.1.351
Asher Jones | Jan 25, 2021
New data suggest that the company’s approved COVID-19 vaccine protects against different virus variants, but could be less effective against the one that originated in South Africa.
New SARS-CoV-2 Variant Could Evade Antibodies
Lisa Winter | Jan 22, 2021
A preprint casts doubt on vaccine effectiveness in light of certain mutations in the 501Y.V2 variant that emerged from South Africa.
Q&A: Natural History Museums’ Role in Pandemic Surveillance
Max Kozlov | Jan 21, 2021
Host vouchering, the practice of preserving species known to harbor infectious diseases, can be used to help determine a pathogen’s source, scientists say.
COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, coronavirus, pandemic, variant, L452R, B.1.1.7, virus,
Coronavirus Variant Linked to COVID-19 Outbreaks in California
Asher Jones | Jan 19, 2021
It’s too early to know whether the L452R version of SARS-CoV-2 is highly infectious like the B.1.1.7 UK variant that is also spreading around the US.
The Promise of Scientific Partnerships with People on the Spectrum
Laura Dattaro | Jan 18, 2021
Five collaborations involving autistic scientists and experts are advancing autism research, from lending support for theories of the condition to shoring up trials of new treatments.
Past SARS-CoV-2 Infection Mostly Protects Survivors
Max Kozlov | Jan 14, 2021
A large study of UK healthcare workers finds that immunity after coronavirus infection lasts for months, but those with antibodies may still be able to carry and spread the virus upon reexposure.
High Risk of Bias in Early COVID-19 Studies: Meta-Analysis
Max Kozlov | Jan 14, 2021
Few peer-reviewed clinical papers on the pandemic contained original data, and many of those that did had poor experimental design.
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Record Drop in US Cancer Death Rate
Asher Jones | Jan 13, 2021
From 2017 to 2018, cancer deaths dropped by 2.4 percent, the largest single-year improvement recorded in 70 years of American Cancer Society annual cancer reports.
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Q&A: Brown Fat Linked to Better Cardio and Metabolic Health
Amanda Heidt | Jan 12, 2021
Paul Cohen of the Rockefeller University describes his study of thousands of people, finding that the energy-burning tissue is tied to a lower risk of for several diseases, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
US Confirms World’s First SARS-CoV-2 Cases in Gorillas
Max Kozlov | Jan 12, 2021
Zoo officials say the captive primates are recovering, but scientists worry the virus could spread quickly through dwindling wild populations.
salivary glands tubarial glands human anatomy
Scientists Question Discovery of New Human Salivary Gland
Diana Kwon | Jan 12, 2021
A widely publicized paper has drawn scrutiny from physicians and anatomists about the authors’ claims regarding so-called tubarial glands.