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What’s Holding Up New Omicron Vaccines?

What’s Holding Up New Omicron Vaccines?

What’s Holding Up New Omicron Vaccines? Charles Schmidt All the vaccines we use to ward off SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID, share one crucial feature: they were designed to protect against its ancestral form, which surfaced in Wuhan, China, more than two years ago. Today’s virus, however, is not the same as it once…

Epstein-Barr Virus Found to Trigger Multiple Sclerosis

Epstein-Barr Virus Found to Trigger Multiple Sclerosis

Epstein-Barr Virus Found to Trigger Multiple Sclerosis Lydia Denworth A connection between the human herpesvirus Epstein-Barr and multiple sclerosis (MS) has long been suspected but has been difficult to prove. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is the primary cause of mononucleosis and is so common that 95 percent of adults carry it. Unlike Epstein-Barr, MS, a devastating…

COVID Variants Hint at How the Virus Will Evolve

COVID Variants Hint at How the Virus Will Evolve

COVID Variants Hint at How the Virus Will Evolve Ewen Callaway, Nature magazine As the world sped towards a pandemic in early 2020, evolutionary biologist Jesse Bloom gazed into the future of SARS-CoV-2. Like many virus specialists at the time, he predicted that the new pathogen would not be eradicated. Rather, it would become endemic—the…

Decoded: What Is a Virus, Exactly?

Decoded: What Is a Virus, Exactly?

Decoded: What Is a Virus, Exactly? Michael Tabb, Andrea Gawrylewski, Jeffery DelViscio Viruses are tiny infectious agents that dominate much of the microscopic world. They’re incredibly abundant. There are more viruses in a single drop of seawater than there are people living in New York City. And there are more viruses on Earth than there…

A Letter to the Generation in Power

A Letter to the Generation in Power

A Letter to the Generation in Power Bennett Weissenbach When the virus first struck this time last year, we young people failed you. We did not take it seriously. We flouted social distancing practices. We caught the virus and spread it to you and your parents. What we lacked was not compassion or…

Modified ‘stealth’ virus could fight advanced cancers

Modified ‘stealth’ virus could fight advanced cancers Sponsored Links Phoebe Stewart Scientists have long explored using viruses to fight cancer, but that doesn’t work well for metastatic cancers (that is, those that have spread beyond the primary site) when your immune system will quickly neuter perceived threats. There might, however, be a solution. A team…

The Denialist Playbook

The Denialist Playbook

The Denialist Playbook Sean B. Carroll Once upon a time, in a land not far away, there was a horrible virus that instilled terror in every town and home. Although most people who became infected showed no symptoms or recovered within a week, in a small fraction of cases the illness progressed, causing loss of…