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This is deadly stuff. You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed. And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flu.

—US President Donald Trump, explaining his understanding of the threat of SARS-CoV-2 in a February 7 phone call recorded by The Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward. These comments contrasted sharply with the muted position Trump voiced in public, for example, saying at a late-February press conference that the coronavirus was “a little bit like the flu.

This may be the most shameful moment in the history of U.S. science policy.

H. Holden Thorp, Editor in Chief of Science, in a September 11 editorial reacting...

7. Cerebrum’s convoluted surface
8. Drill a hole in the skull of
9. Unit for measuring an electric eel’s shock
10. Hypoesthesia
11. German physician Carl, who researched encephalopathy
13. Maze runners in many labs
15. One of 100 in a googol
17. Tiny bit of a chemical compound
19. Nonheritable, as a trait
22. Brachia
23. When light speed is constant
24. Groups below families and above species


1. The present geologic epoch
2. Drug for controlling cholesterol
3. Neural impulse carrier
4. Sample from bone marrow or fetal tissue (2 wds.)
5. Physician Edward, who pioneered vaccination
6. Felidae members
12. Firmly applied cloth dressing
14. Region at the end of a chromosome
16. Pertaining to eyes
18. Linear features of a food web
20. Young of a yak, camel, or whale
21. Stereotypical foes of 6-Down


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