How the Coronavirus Steals the Sense of Smell

The virus does not infect nerve cells that detect odors, researchers have found. Instead, it attacks nearby supporting cells.

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New Research Hints at 4 Factors That May Increase Chances of Long Covid

If further study confirms the findings, they could lead to ways to prevent and treat the complex condition.

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This Parasite Turns Plants Into Zombies

It’s a never-ending cycle of “Night of the Living Dead-meets-Dracula” in the world of green and leafy things.

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How Fermented Foods May Alter Your Microbiome and Improve Your Health

Foods like yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut and kombucha increased the diversity of gut microbes and led to lower levels of inflammation.

#cell-journal, #diabetes, #diet-and-nutrition, #digestive-tract, #fiber-dietary, #microbiology, #obesity, #weight

Subway Swabbers Find a Microbe Jungle — And Thousands of New Species

A team of international researchers has assembled an atlas of microorganisms present in 60 cities around the world.

#bacteria, #cell-journal, #drug-resistance-microbial, #geography, #microbiology, #subways, #transit-systems, #your-feed-science

Scientists Drove Mice to Bond by Zapping Their Brains With Light

The study, a tour de force in bioengineering, comes after two decades of research on brain-to-brain synchrony in people.

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Childhood Colds Do Not Prevent Coronavirus Infection, Study Finds

New research casts doubt on the idea that prior infections with garden-variety coronaviruses might shield some people, particularly children, amid the pandemic.

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Scientific Journals Commit to Diversity but Lack the Data

Several prominent publishers said they did not track the race and ethnicity of the researchers contributing to their platforms.

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Crispr Gene Editing Can Cause Unwanted Changes in Human Embryos, Study Finds

Instead of addressing genetic mutations, the Crispr machinery prompted cells to lose entire chromosomes.

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When It Comes to Octopuses, Taste Is for Suckers

Octopuses can taste what their arms touch, and scientists have figured out how.

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Pandemic Is Far From Over, Experts Say, Despite Trump Allies’ Claims

The C.D.C. and leading experts have concluded, using different scientific methods, that as many as 90 percent of Americans are still vulnerable to infection.

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The Pandemic, from the Coronavirus’s Perspective

The career of the coronavirus so far is, in Darwinian terms, a great success story.

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The Coronavirus Is Mutating, and That’s Fine (So Far)

SARS-CoV-2 has been slowly changing in small ways, without getting more dangerous.

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Scientists See Signs of Lasting Immunity to Covid-19, Even After Mild Infections

New research indicates that human immune system cells are storing information about the coronavirus so they can fight it off again.

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Did a Mutation Help the Coronavirus Spread? More Evidence, but Lingering Questions

Researchers claim that a predominating variant had a “fitness advantage.” But many experts are not persuaded.

#cell-journal, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #your-feed-science

A Single Session of Exercise Alters 9,815 Molecules in Our Blood

The extensive molecular changes that occur during and after working out underscore how consequential activity is for our bodies and health.

#cell-journal, #diabetes, #exercise, #genetics-and-heredity, #stanford-university, #tests-medical

Hoping Llamas Will Become Coronavirus Heroes

Antibodies from Winter, a 4-year-old llama with great eyelashes, have neutralized coronavirus and other infections in lab experiments.

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