Countless bats swarming in the evening dusk
Bat Coronaviruses May Infect Tens of Thousands of People Yearly
Andy Carstens | Aug 10, 2022
Parts of Southeast Asia where human and bat population densities are highest could be infection hotspots, a study finds.
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Climate Change Worsens Most Infectious Diseases
Andy Carstens | Aug 8, 2022
Of the pathogens known to have infected humans, more than half may cause more widespread disease as a result of rising temperatures, precipitation changes, or other climate-related factors, a study finds.
Improve qPCR Efficiency and Reproducibility
The Components of Effective qPCR
The Scientist Creative Services Team, Bio-Rad Laboratories | Apr 18, 2022
Putting the pieces together for molecular diagnostics and infectious disease research
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Biden Names National Monkeypox Response Coordinator
Shawna Williams | Aug 2, 2022
FEMA official Robert Fenton and a deputy are charged with increasing access to tests, vaccines, and treatment.
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Clinical Trial Registry Errors Undermine Transparency
Catherine Offord | Aug 2, 2022
A lack of comprehension among some researchers about how to use may be hindering public access to trial information and holding up drug study results, an investigation by The Scientist finds.
Discover the predictive power of wastewater for tracking pathogens
Wastewater’s Hidden Value for Monitoring Public Health
The Scientist Creative Services Team, Bio-Rad Laboratories | Mar 23, 2022
Learn about wastewater-based epidemiology—from its conception to its present state and into its future.
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Opinion: Changing When and How Much We Eat May Extend Healthspan
Joseph S. Takahashi, Carla B. Green | Aug 1, 2022
Fasting, eating only at certain times of day, and restricting overall calorie intake can collectively contribute to lifespan extensions in animals. Could the same hold true in humans?
Closeup of a person pouring several dietary supplement capsules into their open palm.
Vitamin D Pills Don’t Prevent Bone Fractures, Osteoporosis: Study
Dan Robitzski | Jul 28, 2022
A large trial adds to a growing list of conditions once thought to be helped by vitamin D supplementation.
gold nanoshells
Getting More Lateral Flow Test Sensitivity with Nanoshell Probes
The Scientist Creative Services Team, nanoComposix | Jan 19, 2022
Silica-gold nanoshells highlight how good probe design can boost assay performance.
Ribbon diagram of the protein coat of an adeno-associated virus
Preprints Propose Constellation of Causes for Kids’ Liver Disease
Christie Wilcox | Jul 25, 2022
Two independent groups suggest the suite of recent unexplained hepatitis cases may stem from coinfection with an adeno-associated virus and a helper adeno- or herpesvirus, a duo which may be especially virulent in children with a particular genetic variant.
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Book Excerpt from Anxious Eaters: Why We Fall for Fad Diets
Janet Chrzan, Kima Cargill | Jul 25, 2022
In Chapter 1, “Why We Love Fad Diets,” authors Janet Chrzan and Kima Cargill explain the American propensity to take shortcuts to weight loss.
Biosurveillance for Viral Infections
The Scientist Creative Services Team, Tecan | Jun 8, 2021
Scientists use ELISAs to assess the immunity and etiology of immune responses to coronavirus during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Reorganization Would Shift Responsibility for US Pandemic Response
Shawna Williams | Jul 21, 2022
The Biden administration plans to elevate the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response to its own division in a bid to improve the response to current and future public health emergencies, The Washington Post reports.
Photo of several diet foods
Opinion: Why We Fall for Fad Diets
Janet Chrzan | Jul 18, 2022
Human beings are susceptible to the latest nutritional trends, regardless of their actual biological value.
Highly Sensitive Viral Detection with the SARS-CoV-2 NGS Assay
The Scientist Staff | Apr 15, 2021
Kristin Butcher and Mara Cuoto-Rodriguez discuss the development of a nucleic acid hybridization capture-based assay to detect and identify novel SARS-CoV-2 variants.
map showing Tanzania
Unidentified Bleeding Disease Kills Three in Tanzania
Andy Carstens | Jul 15, 2022
Thirteen people with the illness have tested negative for Ebola and Marburg. The Tanzanian government continues to investigate the source.
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Opinion: Manuscripts and Art Support Archaeological Evidence that Syphilis Was in Europe Long Before Explorers Could Have Brought It Home from the Americas
Marylynn Salmon | Jul 13, 2022
Multiple lines of evidence contradict the idea that the disease came to Europe via trans-Atlantic exchange.
Improving Cardiac Cell Therapy Persistence
The Scientist Speaks Ep. 13 - The Long Haul: Improving Cardiac Cell Therapy Persistence
Niki Spahich, PhD | Jan 26, 2021
Researchers remuscularize the heart after cardiac infarction with stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes and ready-made microvessels.
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Toxicologist, Doctor, and Jazz Musician Steven Seifert Dies at 72
Dan Robitzski | Jul 12, 2022
Seifert is well known for his clinical toxicology work, particularly his findings around snake envenomation and antivenoms.
Egyptian fruit bat hanging from branch
Marburg Virus Detected in Ghana for First Time
Andy Carstens | Jul 8, 2022
Preliminary testing indicates that the two people died from the Ebola-like virus, the World Health Organization says.