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Wuhan virologist says more bat coronaviruses capable of crossing over

Close relatives of Covid-19 virus likely to be circulating in nature beyond China, says Dr Shi Zhengli Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBats in the frontier regions of south and south-west China harbour other coronaviruses that already have the capacity to cross over to humans, a prominent Chinese scientist has said.Dr Shi Zhengli of the Wuhan Institute of Virology said these viruses, including close relatives of Sars-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19, were likely to be cir...
Tags: Science, Biology, China, Animals, World news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Wuhan, south west China, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Coronavirus, Shi Zhengli, Shi Zhengli Coronavirus


France will carry out border checks to stop skiers from spreading Covid

Coronavirus clusters in Alpine resorts played key role in early spread of virus in EuropeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrance will carry out random border checks over the holiday season targeting French skiers on their way to and from foreign resorts – particularly Switzerland and Spain – where slopes stay open, the prime minister, Jean Castex, has said.“The goal is to avoid French citizens getting contaminated. That will be done by performing random checks at the b...
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, France, Germany, Spain, World news, Medical Research, Austria, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Microbiology, Switzerland, Skiing Holidays, Alpine, Coronavirus


Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine approved for use in UK to be rolled out next week

‘Historic moment’ opens way for mass immunisation with first doses to arrive in coming daysHow does the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine work and who will get it?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK has become the first western country to license a vaccine against Covid, opening the way for mass immunisation with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to begin in those most at risk next week.The vaccine has been authorised for emergency use by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regu...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Science, Biology, US, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, MHRA, Coronavirus


UK approves Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine for rollout next week

‘Historic moment’ allows mass immunisation, with 800,000 doses expected to be available next weekHow does the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine work and who will get it?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK has become the first western country to license a vaccine against Covid, opening the way for mass immunisation with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to begin next week for those most at risk.The vaccine has been authorised for emergency use by the Medicines and Healthcare produc...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Science, Biology, US, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, MHRA, Medicines and Healthcare


Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine wins licence for use in the UK

‘Historic moment’ opens way for mass immunisation with vaccine to target those most at riskHow does the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine work and who will get it?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK has become the first western country to license a vaccine against Covid, opening the way for mass immunisation with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to begin in those most at risk.The vaccine has been authorised for emergency use by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Aut...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Science, Biology, US, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, MHRA, Coronavirus


DeepMind AI solves 50-year-old biology problem in breakthrough advance

Scientists have long been puzzled by how specific chains of amino acids go on to form three-dimensional proteins.DeepMind developed a system that's able to predict "protein folding" in a fraction of the time of human experiments, and with unprecedented accuracy.The achievement could greatly improve drug research and development, as well as bioengineering pursuits. In 1994, a group of scientists created a competition to solve one of the most perplexing problems in biology: how do proteins fold t...
Tags: Google, Biology, Medical Research, Innovation, Ai, Biotech, Deepmind, MSA, Anfinsen, Human body, AlphaFold, Casp, John Moult


Scientists identify deep-sea blob as new species using only video

Duobrachium sparksae is a type of ctenophore, or comb jellyVideo identification without specimen ‘can be controversial’Scientists have for the first time identified a small gelatinous blob in the deep sea as a new species, using only high-definition underwater cameras. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, Environment, Wildlife, Marine Life, Zoology


How Hackers Could Trick Unwitting Scientists Into Producing Dangerous Genes

In a new letter to the editor pulled from the prestigious scientific journal Nature, a team of Israeli researchers pose a frankly wild-sounding question: could a computer hack result in a scientist being swindled into creating a piece of genetic code that’s harmful—or potentially toxic—rather than helpful?Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Dna, Cybersecurity, Cyberwarfare, DNA testing, Cyberbiosecurity, Biowarfare


The magic of mushrooms: A mycological trip

The unmatched biologist-reporter Tomasz Sitarz interviews his fungal namesake, maślak sitarz – known in English as the Jersey cow mushroom. The humble fungus turned out to be quite a sage and agreed to share a few pieces of invaluable advice with the Homo sapiens species. In the summer, I went camping with my friends. On the first day after our arrival, I woke up early to take a walk and pick some chanterelles for breakfast. As bad luck would have it, however, I left my glasses in the tent, and...
Tags: Psychology, Food, Science, Biology, Drugs, Earth, Nature, West, Innovation, Jersey, Cap, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Aspergillus, Aga ZanoReprinted, Tomasz Sitarz


DeepMind AI cracks 50-year-old problem of protein folding

Program solves scientific problem in ‘stunning advance’ for understanding machinery of lifeHaving risen to fame on its superhuman performance at playing games, the artificial intelligence group DeepMind has cracked a serious scientific problem that has stumped researchers for half a century.With its latest AI program, AlphaFold, the company and research laboratory showed it can predict how proteins fold into 3D shapes, a fiendishly complex process that is fundamental to understanding the biologi...
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Moderna Covid vaccine has 94% efficacy, final results confirm

US company submits data kickstarting approval process with regulators around the worldCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFinal results from the trials of Moderna’s vaccine against Covid-19 confirm it has 94% efficacy and nobody who was vaccinated with it developed severe disease, says the company, kickstarting the approval process with regulators around the world.The US company is submitting the data to the regulators in the US, Europe and the UK for an emergency licence...
Tags: UK, Science, Biology, US, World news, US news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Food And Drug Administration, US Europe, Moderna, Coronavirus, COVID


Long Covid: ‘Is this now me forever?’

Months after coming down with the virus, Eleanor Morgan is still struggling with ‘long Covid’. What is it and how can the burden be eased?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOne night in early March, I had a fever that reminded me of being a child. My pyjama top stuck to me with sweat, my joints ached and, at some point, the walls looked like they were breathing. The next morning I started coughing and didn’t stop. It was pre-lockdown and, taking pity on me (I live alone ...
Tags: Health, Science, London, Biology, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Eleanor Morgan, Paddington Station, Coronavirus


Ancient 40ft-long whale skeleton discovered in Thailand

Scientists hope remains will deepen understanding of Bryde’s whale evolutionA whale skeleton thought to be up to 5,000 years old has been discovered, almost perfectly preserved, by researchers in Thailand.The skeleton, believed to be a Bryde’s whale, was found in Samut Sakhon, west of Bangkok. Researchers have excavated 80% of the remains and have so far identified 19 complete vertebrae, five ribs, a shoulder blade and fins. The skeleton measures 12 metres (39ft), with a three-metre-long skull. ...
Tags: Science, Biology, Environment, World news, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Marine Life, Evolution, Whales, Cetaceans, Bangkok, Samut Sakhon, Bryde


BioNTech's Covid vaccine is a triumph of innovation and immigration | Hans-Werner Sinn

Pioneered by a Turkish-German couple, its significance exceeds its practical valueThe world took note when the German startup BioNTech announced its breakthrough in the development of a new type of vaccine to combat Covid-19. After testing tens of thousands of people, BioNTech’s vaccine has been shown to be 95% effective in providing protection for those who would otherwise have been infected. The company was the first to apply for emergency use authorisation for a coronavirus vaccine in the US ...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Science, Biology, Germany, US, Society, US news, Genetics, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer


Families bereaved by Covid say UK plan to allow Christmas mixing is ‘sheer madness’

Support group warns that large gatherings are too risky and calls for low-key festive period Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople bereaved by Covid-19 have warned that allowing families in the UK to get together over Christmas is “sheer madness” and urged the public to have a low-key festive period rather than risk the grief they have endured.Members of the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group told the Guardian that large family gatherings were too high-risk...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Health policy, Coronavirus, COVID, Bereaved Families for Justice


How a handful of scientists developed Oxford vaccine at breakneck speed

Team’s coronavirus work built on decades of research pioneered by Sarah Gilbert and Adrian HillOxford AstraZeneca Covid vaccine ‘has up to 90% efficacy’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAt the heart of Oxford’s effort to produce a Covid vaccine are half a dozen scientists who between them brought decades of experience to the challenge of designing, developing, manufacturing and trialling a safe vaccine at breakneck speed.Prof Sarah Gilbert, the Kettering-born project le...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Oxford, Vaccines and immunisation, Sarah Gilbert, Kettering, Adrian Hill, Coronavirus, Adrian HillOxford AstraZeneca Covid


Meave Leakey: 'Definitely, Africa is where it all began'

The renowned fossil hunter on the anti-African prejudice in palaeontology, her dream discovery, and bathing her daughter beside a baby hippoFor over 50 years, British-born palaeoanthropologist Meave Leakey has been unearthing fossils of our early ancestors in Kenya’s Turkana Basin. Her discoveries have changed how we think about our origins. Instead of a tidy ape-to-human progression, her work suggests different pre-human species living simultaneously. Leakey’s new memoir, The Sediments of Time:...
Tags: Science, Biology, Africa, Anthropology, Kenya, Evolution, Fossils, Mary, Louis, Samira, Leakey, Turkana Basin, Richard Leakey, Meave Leakey


Covid vaccine technology pioneer: 'I never doubted it would work'

Katalin Karikó’s mRNA research helped pave way for Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna’s successful workCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Hungarian-born biochemist who helped pioneer the research behind the mRNA technology used in the two Covid-19 vaccines showing positive results believes it was always a no-brainer.“I never doubted it would work,” Katalin Karikó told the Guardian. “I had seen the data from animal studies, and I was expecting it. I always wished that I woul...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, World news, Chemistry, Medical Research, Vaccines and immunisation, Biochemistry and molecular biology, Moderna, Coronavirus, Pfizer BioNTech, Katalin Karikó


Researchers 3D bioprint realistic human heart model for the first time

3D bioprinting involves using printers loaded with biocompatible materials to manufacture living or lifelike structures.In a recent paper, a team of engineers from Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering developed a new way to 3D bioprint a realistic model of the human heart.The model is flexible and strong enough to be sutured, meaning it could improve the ways surgeons train for cardiac surgeries. A team of engineers has created a new method for 3D bioprinting realistic, full-size...
Tags: Health, Biology, Medical Research, Engineering, Innovation, Carnegie Mellon University, Synthetic Biology, Feinberg, Adam Feinberg, ACS Biomaterials Science Engineering, Bioprinting, Eman Mirdamadi


Chinese flower has evolved to be less visible to pickers

Fritillaria delavayi, used in traditional medicine, turning grey to blend into rocksFor thousands of years, the dainty Fritillaria delavayi has grown slowly on the rocky slopes of the Hengduan mountains in China, producing a bright green flower after its fifth year.But the conspicuous small plant has one deadly enemy: people, who harvest the flower for traditional Chinese medicine. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, China, Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, Conservation, Plants, Evolution, Hengduan


The universe works like a huge human brain, discover scientists

A new study finds similarities between the structures and processes of the human brain and the cosmic web.The research was carried out by an astrophysicist and a neurosurgeon.The two systems are vastly different in size but resemble each other in several key areas. Scientists found similarities in the workings of two systems completely different in scale – the network of neuronal cells in the human brain and the cosmic web of galaxies. Researchers studied the two systems from a variety of angle...
Tags: Astronomy, Biology, Neuroscience, Brain, Innovation, Universe, Mind, Galaxy, Astrophysics, University of Bologna, Cosmos, Michio Kaku, Human body, University of Verona, Franco Vazza, Alberto Feletti


Coronavirus is evolving. Whether it gets deadlier or not may depend on us | Laura Spinney

There’s now evidence that ignoring social distancing rules could help more lethal strains of Covid-19 to win outCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLetting the virus that causes Covid-19 circulate more-or-less freely is dangerous not only because it risks overwhelming hospitals and so endangering lives unnecessarily, but also because it could delay the evolution of the virus to a more benign form and potentially even make it more lethal.Though the data is still sketchy an...
Tags: Science, Sweden, Biology, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Norway, Laura Spinney, Coronavirus


Covid-19 antibodies reduce faster in men than women – study

Finding has implications for one-size-fits-all approach to vaccine developmentAntibody levels against the virus that causes Covid-19 appear to fall faster in men than women, a study suggests, in a finding that could have implications for vaccine research.Historically, medical research has often taken a one-size-fits-all approach, lumping women and men together despite growing evidence that the sexes differ in how they catch and fight disease. Covid-19 seems to be a case in point, with women more...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Scientists captured video of a rare squid with tentacles as long as a human

A bigfin squid spotted 2 miles underwater in Australia's Great Bight. Courtesy of Deborah Osterhage/CSIRO Bigfin squid have tentacles 11 times longer than their bodies. The creatures are camera shy: They've only been spotted a dozen times since the 1980s. Scientists recently captured new, underwater footage of five bigfin squid off the coast of southern Australia — the first time they've been spotted in Australian waters.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The squid w...
Tags: Science, News, Biology, Australia, Animals, Africa, Trends, Hawaii, Brazil, Squid, Great Australian Bight, Aylin Woodward, Deborah Osterhage CSIRO Bigfin, Deborah Osterhage, Osterhage, CSIRO Bigfin


John Legend and Natalie Portman want you to try wearing fungus instead of leather

Natalie Portman and John Legend are joining a group of venture capitalists and unnamed fashion brands backing MycoWorks, a company that just raised $45 million to commercialize its technology that makes a fungal-based biomaterial that can replace leather. The goal is to get consumers to trade in their leather and lizard skin couture for some fungus fashion. The company said it has inked some deals with big fashion brands as partners as it looks to bring its funky fungus to the masses in shoes...
Tags: TC, Leather, Biology, California, Chief executive officer, Tech, Adidas, Taiwan, Manufacturing, John Legend, Stella Mccartney, Taipei, Natalie Portman, King, Bolt Threads, Shoe


Psilocybin rapidly promotes neuroplasticity in the brains of rats

Psilocybin and psilocin are chemical compounds found in "magic mushrooms." A recent study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found very interesting results when psilocybin was administered to rats to research the potential impact the chemical could have on the human brain.Several studies have suggested that psilocybin could be a treatment for depression.A recent study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found very interesting results when psilocybin was administered to rat...
Tags: Health, Biology, Drugs, Mexico, Animals, Dna, Neuroscience, Mindfulness, Brain, Depression, Innovation, Addiction, Emotions, South America, Johns Hopkins University, Matthew Johnson


Dr. Fauci’s Lecture from MIT’s Free Course on COVID-19: It’s Now Online

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J38QN1vnSO0 Back in September, we gave you a heads up on MIT’s free course on COVID-19. As we mentioned, “COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 and the Pandemic” runs from September 1, 2020 through December 8, 2020. And it features a combination of MIT faculty and guest speakers, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, covering the science of the pandemic. Since our original post, Dr. Fauci’s presentation, “Insights from the COVID-19 pandemic,” has gone online. You can watch it above...
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Brains have different beauty centers for art and faces – study

A new study shows that different parts of the brain are engaged when we look at beautiful faces or beautiful art.Reward pathways are triggered by looking at beauty in faces.Another part of the brain is involved in judging beauty in art, indicating existence of two "beauty centers". What makes something or someone beautiful to our minds? Is there an innate perception of beauty that's maintained throughout all scenarios? Interestingly, a new study concludes that our brains have not one but two se...
Tags: Psychology, Art, Biology, Neuroscience, Brain, Innovation, Research Digest, Tsinghua University China, Richard Prum, Human body, Hu Chuan Peng


Our brains have different 'beauty centers' for art and faces

A new study shows that different parts of the brain are engaged when we look at beautiful faces or beautiful art.Reward pathways are triggered by looking at beauty in faces.Another part of the brain is involved in judging beauty in art, indicating existence of two "beauty centers." What makes something or someone beautiful to our minds? Is there an innate perception of beauty that's maintained throughout all scenarios? Interestingly, a new study concludes that our brains have not one but two se...
Tags: Psychology, Art, Biology, Neuroscience, Brain, Innovation, Research Digest, Tsinghua University China, Richard Prum, Human body, Hu Chuan Peng


Matrix party ‘disguised as film shoot’ to bypass German Covid rules

Keanu Reeves among 200 people at studio party where guests came as extras, says reportsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGerman health authorities say they plan to speak to the studio where the latest Matrix film was shot after a party allegedly attended by the Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves was held to mark the end of filming, despite coronavirus restrictions.About 200 people were at the party disguised as a film shoot, with the guests invited to come as extras in an app...
Tags: Europe, Hollywood, Biology, Film, Germany, Medical Research, Culture, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Keanu Reeves, The Matrix, Coronavirus, Bild Continue