No, ‘Deltacron’ Is Probably Not Real

A scientist in an island country discovers that in dozens of COVID-19 patients, the Delta and Omicron viral variants have fused genetically to form a third variant, more powerful and deadly than any before. If it seems like science fiction, that’s because it probably is. Reports over the weekend set the internet abuzz with news…

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People choose to learn about health, world news based on feelings, study finds

Information-seeking may be governed by effects of what is learned on personal feelings, according to new research. File Photo by George Dolgikh/Shutterstock Dec. 3 (UPI) — People choose whether to seek or avoid information about their health, finances and personal traits based on how they think it will make them feel and how useful it…

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Footprint Discovery Hints at Humans in the Americas More Than 20,000 Years Ago

Seeds found in fossilized tracks fuel new speculation about when—and how—people arrivedFossil tracks in White Sands National Park document 2,000 years of human presence during the ice age. Credit: Karen Carr The tale is embedded in the footprints. Along the edges of a vanished ice age lake are the fossilized tracks of people who lived…

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Fact-checking works across the globe to correct misinformation

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Fact-checking works to reduce false beliefs across the globe, according to a new study conducted in four countries. Researchers found that fact-checking worked with little variation in Argentina, Nigeria, South Africa and the U.K., and the positive effects were still detectable two weeks later. Even more encouraging, there was no evidence…

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The Crucial Vaccine Benefit We’re Not Talking about Enough

COVID vaccines have proved to be magnificent successes, dramatically decreasing the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths. However, there has been uncertainty about whether vaccinated people who still get infected—perhaps with very mild symptoms, or none at all—might pass on the virus to others. Such silent spread could complicate efforts to control the pandemic. In…

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There Are Few Good COVID Antivirals, but That Could Be Changing

COVID caseloads have plummeted in many areas with high vaccination rates. But as the number of people being infected daily worldwide still exceeds 400,000 and the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus spreads rapidly, treatment options are limited. Two of the current best available treatments, monoclonal antibodies and the drug remdesivir, are given by…

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Artificial Proteins Never Seen in the Natural World Are Becoming New COVID Vaccines and Medicines

Late on a Friday night in April 2020, Lexi Walls was alone in her laboratory at the University of Washington, waiting nervously for the results of the most important experiment of her life. Walls, a young structural biologist with expertise in coronaviruses, had spent the past three months working day and night to develop a…

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New Technique Grows Realistic Bone in a Dish

It’s one of the most challenging organs to re-create Credit: Thomas Fuchs Laboratory-grown organoids—tiny cellular structures that mimic an organ’s anatomy and functions—are becoming increasingly useful in medical research. Such micro-models of the brain, lungs and other organs have been around for years, but creating them for bone tissue has proved uniquely difficult. Bone stands…

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