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What responsibility do we have for the things we make? At its root, this is a fairly straightforward science story. Neuroscience researchers at the University of Rochester and the University of Copenhagen successfully transplanted human glial progenitor cells (hGPCs) into a newborn mouse (here's the technical article in The Journal of Neuroscience, and the lay-friendly version in New Scientist). While glial cells are generally considered a support cell in the brain, positioning, feeding, insula...
Tags: Science, Future, Goldman, University of Copenhagen, University of Rochester, David Brin, Jamais Cascio, Magna Cortica

Ten Republican-led states sue over vaccine mandate for healthcare workers

Lawsuit follows similar ones challenging new Biden administration rules for federal contractors and large businessesA coalition of 10 states sued the federal government on Wednesday to try to block a Covid-19 vaccine requirement for healthcare workers, marking a new front in the resistance by Republican-led states to the pandemic policies of President Joe Biden’s administration.The lawsuit filed in a federal court in Missouri contends that the vaccine requirement threatens the jobs of millions ...
Tags: Science, Republicans, Joe Biden, US news, Missouri, Biden, Biden Administration, Coronavirus

New dark matter theory has a terrifying explanation for the universe’s expansion

A new theory published in the APS physicsjournal seeks to explain the origin and proliferation of dark matter through the introduction of a simple concept: what if dark matter can turn regular matter into dark matter? Up front: Physicists have long suspected that dark matter has either existed for as long as the universe or that it was created as a byproduct of the Big Bang event. We’re not quite sure, but that’s because nobody’s ever directly observed dark matter. We assume it exists because we...
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The US had a Lyme disease vaccine decades ago - but the CDC, lawsuits, and conspiracy theories derailed it

Black-legged ticks, also known as deer ticks, can transmit Lyme disease. Photon Illustration/Stocktrek Images/Getty Images Since 1998, confirmed Lyme disease cases in the US have risen roughly 40%. GlaxoSmithKline developed a Lyme vaccine in the 1990s. It went off the market by the early 2000s. A new anti-Lyme injection (not a vaccine) is coming. But it could take years to be fully approved. Lyme disease, transmitted by deer ticks and characterized by a hallmark bullseye rash, is an ever-p...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Climate Change, Cdc, US, Trends, Lyme Disease, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, GlaxoSmithKline, Vaccines, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, New England, Erin Schumaker, New Republic

People testing negative for Covid-19 despite exposure may have ‘immune memory’

Study says some individuals clear virus rapidly due to a strong immune response from existing T-cells, meaning tests record negative resultCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWe all know that person who, despite their entire household catching Covid-19, has never tested positive for the disease. Now scientists have found an explanation, showing that a proportion of people experience “abortive infection” in which the virus enters the body but is cleared by the immune syste...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Epidemics, Vaccines and immunisation, London England, Coronavirus

Pet dog contracts Covid in first confirmed case in UK

Animal thought to have caught coronavirus from owners, but experts say there is no evidence pets can pass it to humansCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHumans share many things with their dogs, from the sofa to cuddles and quality time. But it seems the list of joint experiences may also include coronavirus infections.Experts say they have detected the first case in the UK of a pet dog catching coronavirus, apparently from its owners who previously tested positive for C...
Tags: UK, Science, Dogs, Animals, Pets, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus

MyPillow's Mike Lindell is sponsoring anti-vaxxer Sherri Tenpenny, one of the 'disinformation dozen'

A composite image of Mike Lindell (L) and Dr Sherri Tenpenny (R). Octavio Jones/Reuters / Dr Sherri Tenpenny/Instagram Anti-vaxxer Dr Sherri Tenpenny has been receiving sponsorship from Mike Lindell's MyPillow. She touted his products on her Bible study chats, which center around vaccine misinformation. The deal showcases the growing alliance between election denialism and anti-vaccine sentiment. MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell recently became a sponsor for the prominent anti-vaxxer Dr Sher...
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An immunocompromised man had 4 shots of COVID-19 vaccine but still appears to have poor immunity

A file photo shows a woman getting a COVID-19 booster shot in Florida on October 5, 2021. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky An Ohio man registered "no antibodies whatsoever" after four COVID-19 shots, per CNN. Andrew Linder, who is immunocompromised, is isolating and limiting contact with people. The antibody test he took has some limitations as a proxy for immunity. An immunocompromised man had an antibody test came back negative even after receiving four doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, CNN reported T...
Tags: Florida, Science, Cdc, White House, Trends, Cnn, News UK, Food And Drug Administration, Ohio, Pfizer, Vaccine, Linder, Akron Ohio, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Transplant, Moderna

Hesitancy, inequity: is the US ‘making the same mistakes’ with kids’ vaccines?

Only half of children aged 12 and above have been vaccinated, despite vaccine being available for months When Nia Heard-Garris’s son found out the Covid vaccines were authorized for adults in the US late last year, he was thrilled, then asked, “But what about us? What about kids?”The eight-year-old is finally signed up for his first shot later this week. Even though he’s afraid of needles, he can’t wait to get vaccinated so he can return to a greater semblance of normal kid life – hanging out wi...
Tags: Health, Science, US, Society, US news, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Nia Heard Garris

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