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How did coronavirus start and where did it come from? Was it really Wuhan's animal market?

It’s likely Covid-19 originated in bats, scientists say. But did it then jump to pangolins?In the public mind, the origin story of coronavirus seems well fixed: in late 2019 someone at the now world-famous Huanan seafood market in Wuhan was infected with a virus from an animal.The rest is part of an awful history still in the making, with Covid-19 spreading from that first cluster in the capital of China’s Hubei province to a pandemic that has killed about 80,000 people so far. Continue reading....
Tags: Science, Biology, China, Animals, Australia news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Wuhan, Hubei Province, Coronavirus outbreak


Human impact on wildlife to blame for spread of viruses, says study

Increased contact with animals likely cause of outbreaks such as Covid-19, say experts, as conservationists call for global ban on wildlife marketsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHunting, farming and the global move of people to cities has led to massive declines in biodiversity and increased the risk of dangerous viruses like Covid-19 spilling over from animals to humans, a major study has concluded.In a paper that suggests the underlying cause of the present pandemi...
Tags: Science, Biology, Australia, Animals, Environment, US, World news, Infectious Diseases, Wildlife, Conservation, Deforestation, Microbiology, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


How an 18th Century Explorer Can Help Us Understand the Algorithms Taking Over Our World

We are in the midst of a Cambrian explosion of algorithms. Roughly 540 million years ago, the fossil record tells us that the planet experienced a dramatic diversification of animal life, producing the ancestors of most of the complex organisms that we’re familiar with today. The acceleration of innovation in…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Theory, Algorithms, Taxonomy, Predictive Algorithm


Covid-19: what if I'm immunocompromised?

Hannah Devlin speaks to Dr Jenna Macciochi about how our immune systems fight off infections such as coronavirus, and – as per lots of your questions – what happens if we’re immunocompromised Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Immunology, Hannah Devlin, Coronavirus outbreak, Jenna Macciochi


'Magic toilet' could monitor users' health, say researchers

System of sensors and cameras would turn loo into ‘daily clinic’ and detect problems earlyA smart toilet boasting pressure sensors, artificial intelligence and a camera has been unveiled by researchers who say it could provide a valuable way to keep tabs on our health.The model is the latest version of an idea that has been around for several years: a system that examines our daily movements in an effort to spot the emergence of diseases. Such an approach, experts say, has an advantage over wear...
Tags: Health, Science, Technology, Biology, US news, Diabetes, Medical Research, Artificial intelligence (AI


Coronavirus live news: Boris Johnson admitted to hospital

Ireland’s leader, Leo Varadkar, returns to work as doctor one day a week amid coronavirus crisisLatest developments: at a glanceUK coronavirus – latestSweden prepares for possible tighter measuresSpanish PM: survival of EU rests on response to crisisSee all of our coronavirus coverage 10.22pm BST The Haitian health ministry has announced the country’s first death from coronavirus. The victim is a 55-year-old man who reportedly had underlying health conditions. 10.15pm BST Read our full r...
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, China, Eu, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Ireland, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Boris Johnson, Leo Varadkar, Coronavirus outbreak


Coronavirus live news: Boris Johnson admitted to hospital for tests

Ireland’s leader, Leo Varadkar, returns to work as doctor one day a week amid coronavirus crisisLatest developments: at a glanceUK coronavirus – latestSweden prepares for possible tighter measuresSpanish PM: survival of EU rests on response to crisisSee all of our coronavirus coverage 9.17pm BST The UK prime minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital for tests after showing persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after testing positive.A Downing Street spokeswoman said: “On the ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Biology, France, China, Eu, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Ireland, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Boris Johnson


Coronavirus live news: Ireland's Varadkar to restart work as a doctor amid crisis

Taoiseach will work one shift a week; Italy reports lowest increase in deaths in two weeks; Spain records smallest rate of increase in infectionsLatest developments: at a glanceUK coronavirus – latestSweden prepares for possible tighter measuresSpanish PM: survival of EU rests on response to crisisSee all of our coronavirus coverage 8.19pm BST Some 1,000 migrants have been placed under quarantine after an outbreak of Covid-19 at a camp at Hal Far in the south of Malta. The camp has been was ...
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, China, Eu, Spain, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Ireland, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Microbiology, Malta


Coronavirus live news: Italy reports lowest increase in deaths in two weeks

Spain records smallest rate of increase in infections; Trump tells Americans to expect ‘a lot of death’; Global deaths approach 65,000Latest developments: at a glanceUK coronavirus – latestSweden prepares for possible tighter measuresSpanish PM: survival of EU rests on response to crisisSee all of our coronavirus coverage 6.20pm BST Here are the key developments of the last few hours: 5.45pm BST The country’s health minister has announced that Barbados has recorded its first death from t...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Biology, China, Global, Eu, Spain, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Microbiology


Coronavirus live news: Spain records smallest rate of increase in infections since start of crisis

Spanish PM calls for ‘European solidarity’; Trump tells Americans to expect ‘a lot of death’; Global deaths approach 65,000Latest developments: at a glanceUK coronavirus – latest Coming back to life after lockdown in WuhanFocus turns to US as coronavirus continues to spreadSee all of our coronavirus coverage 10.52am BST Spain’s coronavirus death toll has risen by 674 to 12,418 in the past 24 hours, according to figures which recorded the lowest number of victims in nine days.It is also the f...
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, China, Global, US, Spain, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Microbiology, South Sudan


Coronavirus live news: Trump tells Americans to expect 'a lot of death' as US cases pass 310,000

Global deaths approach 65,000; Spain infections overtake Italy; US deploys military personnel. Follow the latest updates. Latest developments: at a glanceComing back to life after lockdown in Wuhan‘Mask wars’: US faces more accusations of outbiddingFocus turns to US as coronavirus continues to spreadSee all of our coronavirus coverage 7.03am BST A “car crash” media appearance. A political “reset” already being challenged. A prime minister stuck in isolation. The beginnings of a bureaucratic ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Biology, China, US, Spain, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Microbiology, Wuhan


Coronavirus live news: Cases approach 1.2m as Trump tells Americans to expect 'a lot of death'

Quarter of cases globally are in US; Spain infections overtake Italy; US deploys military personnel. Follow the latest updates. Latest developments: at a glanceComing back to life after lockdown in Wuhan‘Mask wars’: US faces more accusations of outbiddingFocus turns to US as coronavirus continues to spreadSee all of our coronavirus coverage 1.10am BST Chilean President Sebastian Pinera sparked outrage on Friday by posing for photographs at the plaza that was the centre of anti-government pro...
Tags: Europe, Science, London, Biology, China, US, Spain, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Microbiology, Wuhan


'Immunity passports': can they end the UK coronavirus lockdown?

Certificates to prove people are immune to Covid-19 could ease restrictions. How would such as scheme work in Britain?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNo 10 has pointed to immunity passports as a way to end the lockdown. How would the policy work in practice? Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Science, Biology, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Coronavirus outbreak


Coronavirus live news: Italy records lowest daily increase in deaths in a week as known global cases pass 900,000

Germany and Italy extend lockdowns; Spain cases pass 100,000; known global cases pass 900,000; record daily fatalities in UKUS coronavirus - latest updatesAt a glance: summary of key events Wimbledon cancelled due to coronavirus crisisBrazil state governors ignore Bolsonaro amid anger over handling of crisis See all our coronavirus coverage 7.05pm BST The first coronavirus case among Brazil’s 300 indigenous tribes has been confirmed by the Health Ministry’s indigenous health service Sesai.Th...
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Coronavirus live news: Italy records lowest daily increase in deaths in a week

Germany and Italy extend lockdowns; Spain cases pass 100,000; global cases near 900,000; record daily fatalities in UKUS coronavirus - latest updatesUK coronavirus – live updatesWimbledon cancelled due to coronavirus crisisBrazil state governors ignore Bolsonaro amid anger over handling of crisis See all our coronavirus coverage 6.14pm BST Portugal’s government has cleared the way to extend the nationwide state of emergency by 15 days to combat the spread of coronavirus.President Marcelo Reb...
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, France, China, Germany, Russia, Africa, Spain, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, South Africa, Infectious Diseases


Coronavirus live news: Spain passes 100,000 cases, as global number of infections nears 900,000

Germany and Italy extend lockdowns; global cases near 900,000; record daily fatalities in UKUS coronavirus - latest updatesUK coronavirus – live updatesWimbledon cancelled due to coronavirus crisisBrazil state governors ignore Bolsonaro amid anger over handling of crisis See all our coronavirus coverage 5.20pm BST Unemployment in Austria has jumped by 66% to the highest level since records began in 1946, despite a government bid to avoid mass lay-offs amid the coronavirus outbreak.Official d...
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, China, Germany, Russia, Africa, Spain, World news, US news, Medical Research, Austria, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, South Africa, Infectious Diseases


Oceans can be restored to former glory within 30 years, say scientists

Major review reports recovery of marine life but a redoubling of efforts is still needed The glory of the world’s oceans could be restored within a generation, according to a major new scientific review. It reports rebounding sea life, from humpback whales off Australia to elephant seals in the US and green turtles in Japan.Through rampant overfishing, pollution and coastal destruction, humanity has inflicted severe damage on the oceans and its inhabitants for centuries. But conservation success...
Tags: Japan, Science, Biology, Climate Change, Australia, Environment, US, Fish, Wildlife, Marine Life, Oceans, Whales


Coronavirus live news: Spain passes 100,000 cases, as UN says world faces worst crisis since WW2

US has one 1 in 5 cases globally; global cases pass 860,000; record daily fatalities in UK, France, Spain and RussiaWhite House officials predict up to 240,000 US coronavirus deathsUK coronavirus – live updatesThe most extreme lockdown controls around the worldSee all our coronavirus coverage 11.14am BST A former Vietnam war era refugee camp on an uninhabited island in Indonesia is being repurposed to house a new emergency hospital to treat Covid-19 patients.Indonesia, which has recorded 1,6...
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, Indonesia, France, China, Russia, Africa, US, Spain, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, South Africa


Coronavirus live news: US deaths could reach 240,000 as UN says world faces worst crisis since WW2

US has one 1 in 5 cases globally; global cases pass 850,000; record daily fatalities in UK, France, Italy, Spain and Russia. Follow the latest updates. UK coronavirus - latest updatesUS coronavirus - live updatesAustralia coronavirus – live updatesChina and Korea delay college exams to get lid on coronavirusSee all our coronavirus coverage 1.32am BST In the US, Politico reports: “Trump officials have decided against reopening Obamacare enrolment to uninsured Americans during the coronavirus ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Biology, China, Russia, Africa, US, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology


Cell and gene therapy startup ElevateBio raises $170M

While economic conditions and the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic may not make for the best atmosphere for raising funding, some companies are still announcing round closures with significant money committed. Cambridge-based ElevateBio, for instance, revealed a $170 million Series B funding on Monday, with participation from new investors The Invus Group, Surveyor Capital, EDBI, and Vertex Ventures, along with existing investors F2 Ventures, MPM Capital, EcoR1 Capital, Redmile Group and Sams...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Science, Biology, Drugs, Massachusetts, Tech, Cambridge, Manufacturing, Biotech, Stem Cell, Pharma, Biotechnology, Life Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine


Cell and gene therapy startup ElevateBio raises $170 million

While economic conditions and the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic may not make for the best atmosphere for raising funding, some companies are still announcing round closures with significant money committed. Cambridge-based ElevateBio, for instance, revealed a $170 million Series B funding on Monday, with participation from new investors The Invus Group, Surveyor Capital, EDBI, and Vertex Ventures, along with existing investors F2 Ventures, MPM Capital, EcoR1 Capital, Redmile Group and Sams...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Science, Biology, Drugs, Massachusetts, Tech, Cambridge, Manufacturing, Biotech, Stem Cell, Pharma, Biotechnology, Life Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine


Scientists Find Evidence of Deep-Sea Fish Migration Route

Marine biologists have found evidence of a previously unobserved deep-sea migration route more than 4,500 feet beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, according to a new paper.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Fish, Oceans, Migration, Ecology, Atlantic Ocean, Deep Ocean


Reporting on Covid-19 in Italy: 'Life as we've known it has stopped'

Our Italy correspondent on how the crisis went from a foreign news story to a crisis that has cost thousands of Italian livesSometimes being a journalist means having to improvise. It was Sunday 23 February when Italy announced draconian measures to stop people leaving or entering 11 towns that had been put under quarantine - 10 in the Lombardy region and one in Veneto. I got up early that day to hike around Lake Albano in Castel Gandolfo, about 40 minutes by train from Rome. I had left home mor...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, Biology, World news, Rome, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Microbiology, Membership, Lombardy, Veneto, Castel Gandolfo, Lake Albano, Coronavirus outbreak


'It’s a razor’s edge we’re walking': inside the race to develop a coronavirus vaccine

Around the world, more than 40 teams are working on a vaccine for Covid-19. We followed one doctor in the most urgent quest of his life. By Samanth SubramanianCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOf the dozens of places where a coronavirus vaccine might be born, one is DIOSynVax, a small company started by a Canadian pathologist named Jonathan Heeney. In ordinary times, I’d have visited Heeney in his office, in a stately red-brick building in Cambridge. I’d have met his te...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Cambridge, Vaccines and immunisation, Cambridge University, West Nile, Jonathan Heeney, Heeney, Coronavirus outbreak, Samanth SubramanianCoronavirus


The growth of an organism rides on a pattern of waves

When an egg cell of almost any sexually reproducing species is fertilized, it sets off a series of waves that ripple across the egg's surface. These waves are produced by billions of activated proteins that surge through the egg's membrane like streams of tiny burrowing sentinels, signaling the egg to start dividing, folding, and dividing again, to form the first cellular seeds of an organism.Now MIT scientists have taken a detailed look at the pattern of these waves, produced on the surface of ...
Tags: Science, Biology, Virginia, Mit, Nature, Oceans, Microbiology, Innovation, Physiology, National Science Foundation, Dunkel, Fakhri, Jörn Dunkel, Thomas D, Nikta Fakhri, Tzer Han Tan Jinghui Liu Pearson Miller


Scientists Make Breakthrough Toward Mapping All Cells in the Human Body

Researchers around the world are working to construct an atlas of all the different cells in the human body. A team in China has just released the results of a huge step toward that goal.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, China, Cells, RNA, Genetic Sequencing, Human Cell Atlas


Teeth reveal past stresses such as menopause and imprisonment

Dental tissue is revealing in same way annual tree rings can tell much about environment tree grew inTell-tale signs of stressful life events could be found in our teeth, say researchers who have found birth, menopause and even imprisonment appear to leave their mark in tissue that is laid down throughout life.The phenomenon is similar to the way the thickness of annual tree rings can tell us about the climate and environment in which the tree grew – however in teeth it is changes to the way the...
Tags: Science, Biology, World news


Life Is Thriving 2,600 Feet Beneath the Seafloor

You won’t see many living things above the ocean surface hundreds of miles southeast of Madagascar—an albatross or the occasional fishing vessel may break up the hours of solitude. But beneath the surface, lava from Earth’s mantle has uplifted a long, underwater mountain range with a flat top extending 5 kilometers…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Earth, Madagascar, Deep Sea, Microbes, Oceanography, Extremophiles, Deep Sea Life, Deep Sea Exploration


Nonprofit aims to get COVID-19 field tests, N95 masks and more to healthcare workers without markups

A new Sydney-based nonprofit volunteer organization called RapidWard launched this week, with a focus on getting critical medical supplies from producers in China to healthcare professionals, doctors, hospitals and governments worldwide who need them. The group, founded by serial entrepreneur and advisor Milton Zhou, has ample supply chain experience and recognized the need for a solution that focused on establishing distribution pathways that eschew markups in order to make supplies available a...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Biology, Australia, China, Tech, United States, Korea, Sydney, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Sustainable Energy, Medical Device, Biotechnology, Zhou


Non-profit aims to get COVID-19 field tests, N95 masks and more to healthcare workers without markups

A new Sydney-based non-profit volunteer organization called RapidWard launches this week, with a focus on getting critical medical supplies from producers in China to healthcare professionals, doctors, hospitals and governments worldwide who need them. The group, founded by serial entrepreneur and advisor Milton Zhou, has ample supply chain experience and recognized the need for a solution that focused on establishing distribution pathways that eschew markups in order to make supplies available ...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Biology, Australia, China, Articles, Tech, Ceo, United States, Korea, Sydney, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Sustainable Energy, Medical Device



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