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Birth of The Pill, 1956–1960
Andy Carstens | Oct 3, 2022 | 2 min read
Researchers overseeing the clinical trial for the first FDA-approved oral contraceptive claimed the drug gave the Puerto Rican participants power over their family planning. Critics claimed the women were exploited.
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The Unscientific King: Charles III’s History Promoting Homeopathy
Sophie Fessl | Sep 29, 2022 | 5+ min read
King Charles III has a long history of promoting homeopathic or alternative medical treatments not supported by scientific evidence.
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COVID-19 Vaccines Induce Better Long-Term Immunity than Infection
Jennifer Zieba, PhD | 3 min read
For the first time, researchers performed a head-to head longitudinal study comparing the immune response elicited by mRNA and traditional COVID-19 vaccines to primary infections.
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Multiple Possible Causes of Long COVID Come into Focus
Natalia Mesa | Sep 28, 2022 | 5+ min read
Recent studies have lent support for a variety of hypotheses explaining the debilitating symptoms affecting millions of people after SARS-CoV-2 infection.  
Lauren Gardner, this year's Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award winner, in front of the COVID-19 dashboard she helped create.
2022 Lasker Award Winners Announced
Katherine Irving | Sep 28, 2022 | 2 min read
This year’s awards recognize work on integrins, noninvasive prenatal screening, and COVID-19 data tracking.
Long COVID: The Knowns and Unknowns
Long COVID: The Knowns and Unknowns
The Scientist Creative Services Team | 1 min read
Manali Mukherjee and Grace Lam discuss the presentation and implications of chronic, long-term COVID-19 infections.
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Registry Review Casts Doubt on Causal Link Between Maternal Infection and Autism
Charles Q. Choi, Spectrum | Sep 26, 2022 | 4 min read
Maternal infection during pregnancy may be associated with autism, as previous studies have suggested—but perhaps not in a causal way.
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Past Malaria Surges Linked to Amphibian Die-off
Andy Carstens | Sep 21, 2022 | 2 min read
A study suggests that pathogens affecting other species can indirectly harm human health.
Improve qPCR Efficiency and Reproducibility
The Components of Effective qPCR
The Scientist Creative Services Team and Bio-Rad Laboratories | 1 min read
Putting the pieces together for molecular diagnostics and infectious disease research
People in protective gear enter a building during an Ebola simulation exercise in Uganda in 2019. 
Uganda Declares Ebola Outbreak After Fatality
Katherine Irving | Sep 20, 2022 | 2 min read
The outbreak of the Sudan strain of ebolavirus, which includes eight other suspected cases, is the first to hit Uganda in more than a decade.
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Daily Multivitamin May Slow Cognitive Decline in Seniors
Andy Carstens | Sep 14, 2022 | 2 min read
Researchers caution that it’s too soon to recommend supplements based on the results of a new study.
Discover the predictive power of wastewater for tracking pathogens
Wastewater’s Hidden Value for Monitoring Public Health
The Scientist Creative Services Team and Bio-Rad Laboratories | 1 min read
Learn about wastewater-based epidemiology—from its conception to its present state and into its future.
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Notable Science Quotes
The Scientist Staff | Sep 14, 2022 | 3 min read
Taking stock of the CDC's COVID-19 response, the importance of forest science, the evolutionary importance of chewing, and more
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New Australian Center Will Develop Therapies for Future Pandemics
Shawna Williams | Aug 31, 2022 | 2 min read
Launched with a $172 million philanthropic donation and funds from the state of Victoria, the Melbourne-based research institute aims to construct drug discovery platforms to speed the introduction of new therapies.
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Getting More Lateral Flow Test Sensitivity with Nanoshell Probes
The Scientist Creative Services Team and nanoComposix | 3 min read
Silica-gold nanoshells highlight how good probe design can boost assay performance.
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Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 Omicron Boosters Get OK from the FDA
Catherine Offord | Aug 31, 2022 | 3 min read
The immunizations are designed to target the latest Omicron subvariants, and are only authorized for people who have already received their primary vaccinations.
Anthony Fauci
Anthony Fauci Announces Departure from NIAID, Advisory Roles
Catherine Offord | Aug 22, 2022 | 2 min read
The 81-year-old director says that he will step back from his positions this December, but that he will continue working to advance science and public health.
Biosurveillance for Viral Infections
The Scientist Creative Services Team and Tecan | 1 min read
Scientists use ELISAs to assess the immunity and etiology of immune responses to coronavirus during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Opinion: A Dog Has Caught Monkeypox from One of Its Owners, Highlighting Risk of the Virus Infecting Pets and Wild Animals
Amy Macneill, The Conversation | Aug 19, 2022 | 5 min read
The monkeypox virus can easily spread between humans and animals. A veterinary virologist explains how the virus could go from people to wild animals in the USand why that could be a problem. 
A jar full of artificial sweetener packets.
Artificial Sweeteners Alter Gut Bacteria in Humans
Shafaq Zia | Aug 19, 2022 | 4 min read
When consumed for as little as two weeks, common alternatives to sugar affect intestinal bacterial communities, with some reducing the body’s ability to regulate blood glucose levels, a study finds.