Microbes in the gut aren't just important for digesting your food. In pregnant women, these gut microbes are producing chemicals that are essential for proper brain development of the fetus.
Sept. 23, 2020 • ~8 min
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The COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest global healthcare crisis of our generation, presenting enormous challenges to medical research, including clinical
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New technology cuts cell culture time by half and uses more targeted cell sorting and purification methods.
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COVID-19 vaccines: Open source licensing could keep Big Pharma from making huge profits off taxpayer-funded research
Governments must embrace policies that promote sharing and collective invention to create and distribute a vaccine quickly.
Sept. 18, 2020 • ~9 min
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A CRISPR-based test developed at MIT and the Broad Institute can detect nearly as many cases as the standard Covid-19 diagnostic.
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What’s in your medicine may surprise you – a call for greater transparency about inactive ingredients
There are ingredients in your pills other than the one designed to treat your ailments. Those unnamed ingredients can alter how you respond to a medicine or even make you sick.
Sept. 11, 2020 • ~7 min
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Wireless device captures sleep data without using cameras or body sensors; could aid patients with Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, or bedsores.
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Can a naturally occurring skin microbe help millions who suffer from eczema?
Sept. 10, 2020 • ~7 min
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MIS-C is a rare but dangerous illness striking children weeks after they get COVID-19 – here's what we know about it
Even kids who were asymptomatic when they had COVID-19 have developed multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a new review of hundreds of cases shows.
Sept. 9, 2020 • ~7 min
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More dengue fever and less malaria – mosquito control strategies may need to shift as Africa heats up
A warming climate may change the types of viruses that thrive. A new report suggests that the threat of malaria may be replaced by dengue, for which there is no treatment and no cure.
Sept. 9, 2020 • ~5 min
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