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BA.4, BA.5 rise in Europe; officials sound alarm of COVID-19 surge to come

BA.4, BA.5 rise in Europe; officials sound alarm of COVID-19 surge...

Enlarge / Members of the public queue outside a pharmacy to receive COVID-19 antigen tests in Paris on January 6, 2022. Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 are on the rise in the European Union, spurring officials there to warn that a surge of COVID-19 cases will likely follow in the coming weeks. In an alert…
Mutations thought to be harmless turn out to cause problems

Mutations thought to be harmless turn out to cause problems

Enlarge / The genetic code. Note that a lot of the amino acids (the outer layer, in grey) are encoded by several sets of three-base codes that share the first two letters. Mutations are the raw ingredient of evolution, providing variation that sometimes makes an organism more successful in its environment. But most mutations are…
Monkeypox spreading via direct, physical contact, CDC says as US cases hit 45

Monkeypox spreading via direct, physical contact, CDC says as US cases...

The US has now identified 45 monkeypox cases scattered across 15 states and the District of Columbia, while the multinational outbreak has reached more than 1,300 confirmed cases from at least 31 countries. No deaths have been reported. In a press briefing Friday, US health officials provided updates on efforts to halt the spread of…
US can’t afford fall boosters for all—even after cuts to test and PPE spending

US can’t afford fall boosters for all—even after cuts to test...

Enlarge / A sign for a vaccine site stands in Staten Island on November 29, 2021, in New York City. With pandemic funding running out, the Biden administration is repurposing $10 billion to buy next-generation COVID-19 booster doses for the fall, as well as treatments, including the anti-viral Paxlovid and monoclonal antibodies. The funding will…
FDA advisors overwhelmingly endorse Novavax COVID-19 vaccine

FDA advisors overwhelmingly endorse Novavax COVID-19 vaccine

Enlarge / Empty vials of the Novavax Inc. Nuvaxovid COVID-19 vaccine arranged at the Tegel Vaccine Center in Berlin, Germany, on Monday, March 7, 2022. A committee of independent, expert advisors for the Food and Drug Administration voted overwhelmingly to authorize the two-dose Novavax COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, with 21 of 22 committee members voting in…
With BA.2.12.1 now dominant in US, experts eye new subvariants BA.4 and BA.5

With BA.2.12.1 now dominant in US, experts eye new subvariants BA.4...

Enlarge / A person holds a positive SARS-CoV-2 rapid test on February 17, 2022 in Berlin, Germany. Omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1 has overtaken BA.2 as the dominant version of the pandemic coronavirus in the US, now accounting for an estimated 59 percent of cases nationwide. But BA.2.12.1's reign may end as quickly as it began, with…
US officials monitoring over 400 people for monkeypox; 21 cases confirmed

US officials monitoring over 400 people for monkeypox; 21 cases confirmed

Enlarge / A negative stain electron micrograph of a monkeypox virus virion in human vesicular fluid. Health officials in the US have confirmed 21 cases of monkeypox across 11 states amid a multinational outbreak that has grown to more than 800 cases in over two dozen countries. In a press briefing Friday, the Centers for…
What the simple mathematical abilities of animals can tell us about ourselves

What the simple mathematical abilities of animals can tell us about...

Aurich Lawson We often think of mathematical ability as being uniquely human, but in fact, scientists have found that many animal species—including lions, chimpanzees, birds, bees, ants, and fish—seem to possess at least a rudimentary counting ability or number sense. Crows can understand the concept of zero. And a study published in April found that…
June 21 is expected start date of COVID vaccination for kids under 5

June 21 is expected start date of COVID vaccination for kids...

Enlarge / White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha speaks alongside White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre during the daily press briefing at the White House on June 02, 2022 in Washington, DC. COVID-19 vaccination for children ages 6 months to under five years—the only age group yet to be eligible for vaccination—is expected…
Experts warn of continued monkeypox spread as hundreds of cases found worldwide

Experts warn of continued monkeypox spread as hundreds of cases found...

Enlarge / A negative stain electron micrograph of a monkeypox virus virion in human vesicular fluid. The multinational monkeypox outbreak continues to pose a low risk to the general public, and, for now, it seems unlikely that cases will mushroom into a global pandemic, according to the World Health Organization and the US Centers for…

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