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  • A Challenge Trial for COVID-19 Would Not Be the First of Its Kind

    As the 2009 pandemic flu virus infected millions around the world, Matthew Memoli began planning to expose healthy volunteers to the pathogen—a pr...
  • Discovery of More Ponds on Mars Hints at Possibility of Life

    Two years after discovering a large, subterranean lake on Mars, a team of scientists has reaffirmed its original finding and identified three addi...
  • Majority of Respondents Support Chimeric Animal Research: Survey

    Human-animal chimeric embryos—organisms created using cells from two or more species—have the potential to change how researchers study disease an...
  • CRISPR’s Adaptation to Genome Editing Earns Chemistry Nobel

    This year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded jointly to Emmanuelle Charpentier of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology and Jenn...
  • COVID-19 Diagnostics: How Do Saliva Tests Compare to Swabs?

    ABOVE: © ISTOCK.COM, EVENFH Since the early days of the pandemic, clinicians and researchers have been looking for alternatives to nasopharyngeal ...
  • Scientists’ Advice for Ways to Ward Off the Coronavirus

    Nine months since the disease now known as COVID-19 first crept into the headlines, standard advice for avoiding it—such as wearing a mask, avoidi...
  • Amid Pandemic, Scientists Lean on Credentials in Political Races

    Although Cameron Webb decided to run for political office long before the pandemic started, his campaign appears to be made for times like these. ...
  • Electric and Magnetic Field Treatments Lower Mouse Blood Sugar

    Treating diabetes often involves daily pills or insulin injections, but a study published this week (October 6) in Cell Metabolism presents anothe...
  • US Tops List of COVID-19 and All-Cause Death Rates Since May

    The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the US, with more than 216,000 confirmed deaths attributed to the disease and much of the population st...
  • Decoy Cells Trick SARS-CoV-2, Reduce Cytokines In Vitro

    Scientists have summoned every trick in the book to develop a COVID-19 treatment over the last few months, from stem cells and synthetic antibodie...
  • Nucleus Is Key to How Cells Sense Personal Space

    In a pair of papers published in the same issue of Cell in 2015, two groups showed that putting physical pressure on cells—by confining them, for ...
  • Lipid Droplets Are Intracellular Bacteria-Fighting Machines

    Once thought to be little more than blobs of fat inside eukaryotic cells, lipid droplets may in fact provide a first line of defence against invad...