Brick building with tall windows and letters in front that say "Food and Drug Administration"
FDA Limits Use of J&J Vaccine, Citing Safety Concerns
US adults are now only eligible for the vaccine under certain circumstances.
ABOVE: © iStock.com, Grandbrothers
FDA Limits Use of J&J Vaccine, Citing Safety Concerns
FDA Limits Use of J&J Vaccine, Citing Safety Concerns

US adults are now only eligible for the vaccine under certain circumstances.

US adults are now only eligible for the vaccine under certain circumstances.

ABOVE: © iStock.com, Grandbrothers

vaccines

A two-pronged needle, a glass vial of smallpox vaccine, and a syringe sit on a blue surface.
Smallpox Vaccine Recruits Skin Bacteria to Fight Disease
Patience Asanga | Apr 26, 2022
A mouse study points to a possible mechanism by which the smallpox vaccine helped eradicate the disease in the 1980s.
blue gloved hand putting vial of blood into centrifuge machine
Studies Identify Risk Factors for Long COVID
Natalia Mesa | Jan 26, 2022
Two recent papers provide insight into possible risk factors for developing the chronic condition, including autoantibodies and diabetes.
Antibodies in breastmilk from SARS-CoV-2 infection or mRNA vaccination neutralize the virus.
Antibodies Against SARS-CoV-2 in Breast Milk Differ Between Vaccinated and Infected Mothers
Roni Dengler, PhD | Dec 6, 2021
All antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 found in breast milk neutralized the virus.
line of people waiting outside mass vaccination site
“Nocebo” Effect May Cause Majority of COVID-19 Vaccine Symptoms
Natalia Mesa | Jan 18, 2022
A negative version of the placebo effect may be behind many instances of mild side effects associated with the jabs, a study suggests.
In one of the only known photos of Abraham Lincoln taken on the day of the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln can be seen seated, hatless, just below and to the right of the flag. Lincoln began developing symptoms of smallpox on the train home to Washington, DC.
Presidential Pox, 1863
Annie Melchor | Dec 1, 2021
Researchers continue to debate whether US President Abraham Lincoln was coming down with smallpox as he delivered his famous Gettysburg Address, and if he had been immunized.
Cancer Vaccines: Raising a T Cell Army
Niki Spahich, PhD | Apr 1, 2021
Vaccines against various forms of cancer prime the immune system to attack.
cartoon image showing colorful collection of syringes, coronavirus particles, and mrna to represent the vaccine development
Optogenetics and mRNA Vaccines Net Lasker Awards
Annie Melchor | Sep 24, 2021
This year’s winners are Dieter Oesterhelt, Peter Hegemann, Karl Deisseroth, Drew Weissman, Katalin Karikó, and David Baltimore.
moderna and pfizer vaccine vials
Moderna vs. Pfizer: Is There a “Best” mRNA Vaccine?
Alejandra Manjarrez | Sep 24, 2021
Both of the mRNA vaccines available in the US are highly effective against severe COVID-19, but recent studies suggest that Moderna’s elicits a stronger immune response and might be better at preventing breakthrough infections.  
Accelerating Discovery in the Age of a Pandemic
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Jan 22, 2021
An expert panel will present how synthetic biology accelerates the development of diagnostics, therapeutics, and the medicinal pipeline.
a pill bottle with dice spilling out
Book Excerpt from You Bet Your Life
Paul A. Offit | Sep 21, 2021
In his book’s Introduction, physician-scientist Paul A. Offit reviews the unusual constellation of circumstances around the development of COVID-19 vaccines.
Middle aged man with glasses wearing a blue shirt and tan blazer with a red paisley tie looking into the camera
Immunologist Thomas Hodge Dies of COVID-19 at 69
Lisa Winter | Aug 30, 2021
A former academic and consultant, Hodge cofounded the CrisiScience Collective to help combat the pandemic.
The Scientist Speaks Podcast - Episode 9
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Sep 29, 2020
Repurposing Living Systems to Fight a Pandemic
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COVID-19 vaccine vials on a map of the world indicating inequitable distribution
Wealthier Nations Disregarding WHO Call for COVID-19 Booster Moratorium
Christie Wilcox | Aug 5, 2021
The organization implored nations to wait on booster shots until the global vaccination rate increases, but several of the world’s more well-off countries have expressed their intentions to offer them regardless.
Illustration of the BCG vaccine and resulting immune response
Infographic: TB Vaccines in the Pipeline Take Varied Approaches
Anthony King | Jul 1, 2021
More than a dozen vaccines for tuberculosis are currently being tested in clinical trials. Some use whole bacteria as BCG does, while others deliver protein subunits or genetic material carried by viral vectors.  
Combating COVID-19 with Cell-Free Expression
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Aug 19, 2020
Scientists rely on synthetic biology and cell-free expression systems for developing novel approaches to combat the pandemic.
False-colored micrograph of Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Tuberculosis: The Forgotten Pandemic
Anthony King | Jul 1, 2021
This month marks the 100-year anniversary of BCG, still the only approved vaccine against the lethal pathogen. But there are new vaccines for this wily foe on the horizon.
Mucosal Vaccines Protect Mice from Viruses, Cancer
Emma Yasinski | Jun 1, 2021
Scientists use a protein found in mucus membranes to ferry vaccines to the lymph nodes.
Extreme Biotech: Understanding Extremophile Biology to Impact Human Health
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Aug 6, 2020
Jaclyn Winter and Shiladitya DasSarma will discuss how they harness the unique biology of extremophiles for the discovery and development of new therapeutics.
A stylized graphic of a hand reaching out with a key to unlock a bird cage, inside which sits a lightbulb
Biden Administration Backs Vaccine Intellectual Property Waiver
Amanda Heidt | May 10, 2021
The move, which is not supported by the pharmaceutical industry, would allow other countries to design and manufacture COVID-19 vaccines without fear of litigation.