UK firm to trial T-cell Covid vaccine that could give longer immunity

Exclusive: Oxfordshire-based Emergex gets go-ahead for trials in Switzerland for skin patch vaccineCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn Oxfordshire-based company will soon start clinical trials of a second-generation vaccine against Covid-19, an easy-to-administer skin patch that uses T-cells to kill infected cells and could offer longer-lasting immunity than current vaccines.Emergex was set up in Abingdon in 2016 to develop T-cell vaccines, the brainchild of Prof Thoma...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Oxford, Switzerland, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Oxfordshire, Abingdon, Emergex, Coronavirus, Biotechnology industry

Universities are using vaccine mandates and testing to pave the way to a new norm in the pandemic

Clinical lab techs work in one of the labs to process the samples from students at a Northeastern University facility in Burlington, MA on Nov. 25, 2020. John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images College students were forced to pack up their things and learn online when COVID-19 hit. Several universities have relied on vaccine mandates and routine testing to reopen in person. Northeastern University started its own lab to safely resume in-person learning. Since the pandemic began, u...
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The newly appointed commander of the Oklahoma National Guard is defying a COVID-19 vaccine mandate from the Pentagon

A member of the US Armed Forces administers a shot of the Pfizer vaccine at a FEMA community vaccination center in Philadelphia. Mark Makela/Getty Images Adjutant General Thomas Mancino, who leads the Oklahoma National Guard, said members do not have to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Mancino's order directly contradicts a federal mandate from the Department of Defense announced in August. Vaccinations deadlines are looming, but large portions of the military remain unvaccinate...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, News, Defense, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, Joe Biden, Fema, Pentagon, Philadelphia, Oklahoma, Vaccines, John Kirby, Senate Armed Services Committee

I used to hate exercise, but with support from my parents, I’m now jumping for joy

I was turning 40 and very unfit. Now my super-healthy parents, both in their 70s, have inspired me to exercise and I love itIt’s Saturday morning and I’m standing in the middle of Osterley Park, west London, between my mum and dad, getting ready for the weekly parkrun. My dad is jogging on the spot, my mum is doing the same. I am thinking how do I get out of this? Both of them are full of energy, encouraging me to get warmed up. All I want is a chocolate and nice masala chai – my favourite spicy...
Tags: Psychology, Science, London, Fitness, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Osterley Park

Try, try and try again: why did modern humans take so long to settle in Europe?

Homo sapiens migrated to the continent in waves – but the reasons for their early failures to overcome Neanderthals are a mysteryModern humans made several failed attempts to settle in Europe before eventually taking over the continent. This is the stark conclusion of scientists who have been studying the course of Homo sapiens’s exodus from Africa tens of thousands of years ago.Researchers have recently pinpointed sites in Bulgaria, Romania and the Czech Republic where our ancestors’ remains ha...
Tags: Europe, Science, Africa, UK News, World news, Czech Republic, Anthropology, Evolution, Neanderthals, Bulgaria Romania

Can lucid dreaming help us understand consciousness?

The ability to control our dreams is a skill that more of us are seeking to acquire for sheer pleasure. But if taken seriously, scientists believe it could unlock new secrets of the mindMichelle Carr is frequently plagued by tidal waves in her dreams. What should be a terrifying nightmare, however, can quickly turn into a whimsical adventure – thanks to her ability to control her dreams. She can transform herself into a dolphin and swim into the water. Once, she transformed the wave itself, turn...
Tags: New York, Science, Sleep, Neuroscience, Consciousness, Carr, University of Rochester

On Covid, we need to be careful when we talk about numbers

A recent wave of mistakes shows how misinterpreting data risks misrepresenting the impact of the virusSince we have just had Maths Week in England, it seems appropriate to look at a wave of recent errors when communicating numbers.First, the statistics may be described wrongly. The chief executive of NHS England recently claimed: “We have had 14 times the number of people in hospital with Covid than we saw this time last year”, a claim repeated on Sky News and ITV. But there were fewer Covid-19 ...
Tags: England, Science, Mathematics, NHS england, Coronavirus

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