The Quest for a Universal Coronavirus Vaccine
The Quest for a Universal Coronavirus Vaccine
Scientists are on the hunt for a shot that will protect against not only SARS-CoV-2, but other members of its family that may emerge in the future.
The Quest for a Universal Coronavirus Vaccine
The Quest for a Universal Coronavirus Vaccine

Scientists are on the hunt for a shot that will protect against not only SARS-CoV-2, but other members of its family that may emerge in the future.

Scientists are on the hunt for a shot that will protect against not only SARS-CoV-2, but other members of its family that may emerge in the future.

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The Psychology of Panic
The Psychology of Panic
Bob Grant | Jun 1, 2021
The recent news of consumers hoarding gasoline in the face of a brief closure of one of the world’s biggest petroleum pipelines is just the latest episode of panic buying since the COVID-19 pandemic started.
Contributors
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Jun 1, 2021
Meet some of the people featured in the June 2021 issue of The Scientist.
Opinion: Comparing Coronaviruses
Opinion: Comparing Coronaviruses
Nicola Petrosillo | Jun 1, 2021
In addition to continued scruitiny of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, research on similar pathogens could aid in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and future disease outbreaks.
Immunity to SARS-CoV-2 Lasts at Least Six Months, Data Show
Immunity to SARS-CoV-2 Lasts at Least Six Months, Data Show
Ashley Yeager | Nov 23, 2020
Half a year after infection, people who had recovered from COVID-19 had robust antibodies, along with traces of the virus in their gut, which may drive long-lasting immunity.
Q&A: COVID-19 Infectiousness Peaks Early in Sickness, Study Shows
Q&A: COVID-19 Infectiousness Peaks Early in Sickness, Study Shows
Max Kozlov | Nov 23, 2020
Patients’ viral loads are highest within five days of their first symptoms, emphasizing the need to isolate early to prevent transmission.
SARS-CoV-2 Exits Cells Via Lysosomes
SARS-CoV-2 Exits Cells Via Lysosomes
Abby Olena | Nov 13, 2020
A study finds that β-coronaviruses don’t use the normal secretory pathway, a possible explanation for some aspects of COVID-19 pathology.
Common Cold Coronaviruses Tied to Less Severe COVID-19 Cases
Common Cold Coronaviruses Tied to Less Severe COVID-19 Cases
Anthony King | Nov 11, 2020
Outcomes in COVID-19 patients may be better in those recently infected with endemic coronaviruses. 
The Many Model Systems of COVID-19
The Many Model Systems of COVID-19
Abby Olena | Nov 4, 2020
Researchers turn to familiar model animals, along with some fresh strategies, to develop countermeasures against SARS-CoV-2 and investigate the biology of infection.
Ferret Study Reinforces Role of Aerosols in SARS-CoV-2 Spread
Ferret Study Reinforces Role of Aerosols in SARS-CoV-2 Spread
Max Kozlov | Oct 28, 2020
Using an elaborate apparatus, researchers find that the virus spreads via aerosolized particles between ferrets more than a meter apart.
Connecting the DOTS
Connecting the DOTS
Adam Kucharski | Aug 18, 2020
The four factors that drive contagion
Opinion: Don’t Disparage the Pace of COVID-19 Research
Opinion: Don’t Disparage the Pace of COVID-19 Research
John D. Loike, Salomon Amar | Jun 22, 2020
Fast science—with all its warts—is making unprecedented progress in the fight against COVID-19.
Timeline: Human Coronavirus Discoveries
Timeline: Human Coronavirus Discoveries
Shawna Williams | Jun 4, 2020
Download our poster of the biggest milestones, from the discovery of the viral family in humans in the 1960s to the identification of SARS-CoV-2.
A Brief History of Human Coronaviruses
A Brief History of Human Coronaviruses
Shawna Williams | Jun 2, 2020
Milder, cold-causing members of this pathogenic viral family long remained under the radar, although they aren’t entirely harmless.
SARS-CoV-2 Protein Hampers Innate Immune Reaction In Vitro
SARS-CoV-2 Protein Hampers Innate Immune Reaction In Vitro
Abby Olena | May 21, 2020
The viral protein known as ORF3b limits the induction of the type I interferon response, which typically alerts other immune system components to the presence of a virus, in cultured cells.
NIH Cancels Funding for Bat Coronavirus Research Project
NIH Cancels Funding for Bat Coronavirus Research Project
Shawna Williams | Apr 28, 2020
The abrupt termination comes after the research drew President Trump’s attention for its ties to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Study Questions if School Closures Limit the Spread of COVID-19
Study Questions if School Closures Limit the Spread of COVID-19
Ashley Yeager | Apr 7, 2020
School shutdowns might have a relatively small effect on preventing the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, a new meta-analysis suggests, though the preliminary data point to the need for more studies.