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Biogen’s Alzheimer’s Drug Gets FDA Approval, Mixed Reviews
A lackluster performance in clinical trials of the monoclonal antibody aducanumab has left some experts unconvinced of its benefit.
Biogen’s Alzheimer’s Drug Gets FDA Approval, Mixed Reviews
Biogen’s Alzheimer’s Drug Gets FDA Approval, Mixed Reviews

A lackluster performance in clinical trials of the monoclonal antibody aducanumab has left some experts unconvinced of its benefit.

A lackluster performance in clinical trials of the monoclonal antibody aducanumab has left some experts unconvinced of its benefit.

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Microbes in Human Fetuses Spur Immune Development
Abby Olena | Jun 3, 2021
Researchers identify live bacteria in fetal guts, skin, lungs, and placentas that activate memory T cells, indicating that early exposure to microbes could help educate the developing immune system.
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SARS-CoV-2 Antigens Leaking from Gut to Blood Might Trigger MIS-C
Alejandra Manjarrez | Jun 3, 2021
Researchers find traces of SARS-CoV-2 in the stool and blood of kids with the post–COVID-19 inflammatory disorder, and signs of increased intestinal permeability.
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.
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Infographic: Pathways from Noise to Cardiovascular Damage
Thomas Münzel and Omar Hahad | Jun 1, 2021
Research in mice and humans points to oxidative stress and inflammation as likely drivers of noise-induced health effects such as hypertension and heart disease.
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Jun 1, 2021
Meet some of the people featured in the June 2021 issue of The Scientist.
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How Environmental Noise Harms the Cardiovascular System
Thomas Münzel and Omar Hahad | Jun 1, 2021
Sound from cars, aircraft, trains, and other man-made machines is more than just annoying. It increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.
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.
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Two New Coronaviruses Make the Leap into Humans
Amanda Heidt | May 20, 2021
Two viruses from dogs and pigs were isolated from human patients, but neither was proven to cause severe disease or to transmit to other people.
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New Role for Leptin: Promoting Synapse Formation in Rat Neurons
Abby Olena | May 20, 2021
The hormone, which is well known for regulating appetite, appears to influence neuronal development—a finding that could shed light on disorders such as autism that involve dysfunctional synapse formation.
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Brain’s Lymphatic System Tied to Alzheimer’s Symptoms in Mice
Amanda Heidt | May 4, 2021
A dysfunctional lymphatic system, described as a clogging of the brain’s sink, may explain why immunotherapies fail in some Alzheimer’s patients.
Amanda Tokash-Peters Links the Microbiome to Ecology
Shawna Williams | May 1, 2021
The Centenary University professor studies the far-reaching effects of changes in the gut bacteria of mosquitos and other species.
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Cones Derived from Human Stem Cells Help Mice See: Study
Marcus A. Banks | Apr 23, 2021
Researchers insert functioning cone photoreceptors into the retinas of mice with advanced eye disease, improving their vision.
Human-Monkey Chimeras Shed Light on Development
Abby Olena | Apr 15, 2021
Human stem cells injected into early monkey embryos proliferate and contribute to multiple cell lineages over 20 days of embryonic development.
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New Report Dissects Ethics of Emerging Human Brain Cell Models
Amanda Heidt | Apr 12, 2021
The National Academies’ report touches on ethical issues raised by new technologies such as brain organoids and human-animal chimeras, and suggests that current regulatory oversight is sufficient.
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J&J COVID-19 Vaccinations Resume After Temporary Shutdowns
Shawna Williams | Apr 9, 2021
Vaccinations with the Johnson & Johnson jab paused at several sites earlier this week after an unusual number of people experienced adverse reactions, but the CDC says there’s no cause for concern.
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Most Kids with MIS-C Report Few or No COVID-19 Symptoms: Study
Kerry Grens | Apr 7, 2021
A review of hundreds of cases finds that only a minority of patients noted being sick with a coronavirus infection prior to developing the severe inflammatory condition.
Scientists Reverse Engineer mRNA Sequence of Moderna Vaccine
Lisa Winter | Apr 6, 2021
Stanford University researchers determined the code from spare drops in discarded vials of the COVID-19 vaccine and published it on GitHub.
Anesthesia Impairs Memory in Mice
Abby Olena | Apr 1, 2021
A study that compared several anesthetic regimens in rodents showed that only one—inhaled isoflurane—wasn’t detrimental to the activity of neurons in the hippocampus.
Infographic: Steps in Cancer Metastasis
Shawna Williams | Apr 1, 2021
It’s now thought that in many cases, cancer cells disseminate from the primary tumor site early on and lie dormant for long periods rather than only venturing out from primary tumors at an advanced stage.