CRISPR could make testing for SARS-CoV-2 fast and easy

Researchers have modified the CRISPR gene editing tool to serve as a diagnostic test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Sept. 23, 2022 ~6 min

Termites could have ‘huge’ impact on warming world

Researchers investigated termites' discovery and decay of wood at more than 130 sites in a variety of habitats across six continents.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Sept. 23, 2022 ~6 min

Asthma, anxiety, and more linked to medical debt

Asthma, heart disease, lung disease, anxiety, and other mood disorders are all associated with elevated rates of medical debt, research finds.

Andrew Smith-Rutgers • futurity
Sept. 23, 2022 ~5 min

COVID hit health care worker well-being super hard

COVID exacted a huge toll on the well-being of health care workers who were already struggling with high levels of emotional exhaustion before the pandemic.

Sarah Avery-Duke • futurity
Sept. 23, 2022 ~5 min

Biosphere drought reveals scent of troubled ecosystem

A drought experiment at Biosphere 2 in Arizona shows how molecular compounds can indicate when an ecosystem is in distress.

Rose Brandt-Arizona • futurity
Sept. 23, 2022 ~7 min

Gut bacteria let bears eat differently but reach the same size

The gut microbiomes of bears allow them to reach the same size as other bears, despite eating a very different diet.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Sept. 23, 2022 ~6 min

Team links malaria spike with mass amphibian die-off

Shortly after a mass die-off of amphibians, Costa Rica and Panama saw a spike in malaria cases. A new study clarifies the connection.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
Sept. 23, 2022 ~6 min

Can a rare bird’s enzyme improve human health?

Using an enzyme from the crested ibis, scientists developed cells engineered to express therapeutic proteins, specifically a thrombin inhibitor.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Sept. 23, 2022 ~6 min

Tool predicts drug combos that weaken birth control

A new computer model can predict which drug combinations could render birth control less effective, say researchers.

U. Florida • futurity
Sept. 23, 2022 ~5 min

School security can affect test scores and college chances

Surveillance at schools has a negative effect on students' math scores, their likelihood of going to college, and their chances of being suspended.

Jill Rosen-Johns Hopkins • futurity
Sept. 22, 2022 ~6 min