The Data Behind the CDC's New Masking Recommendations
The Data Behind the CDC's New Masking Recommendations
As a result of massive summer gatherings in and around Cape Cod, hundreds of vaccinated people tested positive for COVID-19 with viral titers similar to unvaccinated patients.
The Data Behind the CDC's New Masking Recommendations
The Data Behind the CDC's New Masking Recommendations

As a result of massive summer gatherings in and around Cape Cod, hundreds of vaccinated people tested positive for COVID-19 with viral titers similar to unvaccinated patients.

As a result of massive summer gatherings in and around Cape Cod, hundreds of vaccinated people tested positive for COVID-19 with viral titers similar to unvaccinated patients.

public health
Ivermectin (Still) Lacks Scientific Support as a COVID-19 Drug
Ivermectin (Still) Lacks Scientific Support as a COVID-19 Drug
Catherine Offord | Aug 2, 2021
A Cochrane review bolsters scientists’ advice that ivermectin should not be used against the disease outside of clinical trials, while a study claiming to have found beneficial effects in patients was withdrawn following allegations of data manipulation.
Birth of Midwifery, Circa 100 CE
Birth of Midwifery, Circa 100 CE
Lisa Winter | Aug 1, 2021
Soranus of Ephesus’s manual shaped the way midwifery was practiced for more than a millennium.
Study Looks for Effects of Fetal Exposure to Air Pollution
Study Looks for Effects of Fetal Exposure to Air Pollution
Jef Akst | Aug 1, 2021
By measuring various pollutants in the immediate vicinity of pregnant women and tracking brain development of their children, researchers in Barcelona aim to untangle any influence the former has on the latter.
Texas Monkeypox Case Underscores Need for Better Surveillance
Texas Monkeypox Case Underscores Need for Better Surveillance
Christie Wilcox | Jul 30, 2021
A patient caught the rare disease in Nigeria before flying through two US airports, exposing more than 200 people from 27 states.
Pure and Simple: Water Quality Determines Experimental Sensitivity
Pure and Simple: Water Quality Determines Experimental Sensitivity
ELGA LabWater | Jul 29, 2021
Reliably detect trace amounts of chemicals in complex samples.
CDC Warns of Person-to-Person Transmission of Resistant Fungus
CDC Warns of Person-to-Person Transmission of Resistant Fungus
Shawna Williams | Jul 26, 2021
In a first, patients who hadn’t been treated with antifungals were found to carry Candida auris impervious to all three available classes of the drugs.
Sodas, Lemon Juice Cause False Positives in Rapid COVID-19 Tests
Sodas, Lemon Juice Cause False Positives in Rapid COVID-19 Tests
Christie Wilcox | Jul 12, 2021
Lateral flow tests for COVID-19 can be very accurate and specific when used as directed, but introducing acidic fluids can cause the tests’ detecting antibodies to clump, which may read as a positive result.
Ensuring RT-PCR Purity with Ultraviolet Light
Ensuring RT-PCR Purity with Ultraviolet Light
Phoseon Technology | Jul 8, 2021
Cost-effective decontamination of COVID-19 RT-PCR test kit reagents.
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.  
Identifying a Killer, 1895
Identifying a Killer, 1895
Catherine Offord | Jul 1, 2021
A contaminated ham put bacteriologist Émile Pierre-Marie van Ermengem on the path to discovering the microbe that produces botulinum toxin.
Labs, Leaks, and Liability
Labs, Leaks, and Liability
Bob Grant | Jul 1, 2021
The resurfaced conversation surrounding the idea that SARS-CoV-2 might have leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China, represents an opportunity to reexamine the confluence of science, politics, and public discourse.
China Is Malaria-Free, Says World Health Organization
China Is Malaria-Free, Says World Health Organization
Stephanie Melchor | Jun 30, 2021
The certification, a major accomplishment for the world’s most populous nation, may serve as an example to other countries struggling with malaria eradication.
Q&A: Eating Milk Chocolate in the Morning Boosts Fat Metabolism
Q&A: Eating Milk Chocolate in the Morning Boosts Fat Metabolism
Amanda Heidt | Jun 30, 2021
A study of 19 postmenopausal women found that eating a bar of chocolate in the morning affected their bodies differently than eating it at night, but neither led to weight gain.
Canadian Official Reprimanded for Withholding Winnipeg Lab Info
Canadian Official Reprimanded for Withholding Winnipeg Lab Info
Stephanie Melchor | Jun 23, 2021
The House of Commons rebuked the president of the Canadian Public Health Agency for not turning over sensitive information pertaining to the dismissal of government scientists from the National Microbiology Laboratory.
Detecting SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater with qPCR
Detecting SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater with qPCR
Analytik Jena | Jun 16, 2021
Special steps are needed to optimize qPCR results for wastewater analysis and surveillance.
Vitamin D Deficiency Drives Opioid Addiction in Mice
Vitamin D Deficiency Drives Opioid Addiction in Mice
Amanda Heidt | Jun 16, 2021
Mice with low vitamin D had exaggerated craving for opioids and felt the drugs’ effects more strongly—results supported in part by human medical records—suggesting that supplements should be explored as treatments for opioid use disorders.
<em>Wolbachia</em>-Infected Mosquitoes Stymie Dengue&rsquo;s Spread: Study
Wolbachia-Infected Mosquitoes Stymie Dengue’s Spread: Study
Shawna Williams | Jun 10, 2021
Randomized, controlled research conducted in an Indonesian city confirms the reduction in cases seen with previous observational work.
Biosurveillance for Viral Infections
Biosurveillance for Viral Infections
The Creative Services Team in Collaboration with Tecan | Jun 8, 2021
Scientists use ELISAs to assess the immunity and etiology of immune responses to coronavirus during the COVID-19 pandemic.
BioHub Network Aims to Advance Sharing of Pathogens for Research
BioHub Network Aims to Advance Sharing of Pathogens for Research
Shawna Williams | Jun 6, 2021
The World Health Organization–led program will promote equity in addition to facilitating access to samples, a WHO official involved in the project tells The Scientist.