How Biology is Getting a Technological Makeover

The story of Ginkgo Bioworks shows the challenges and progress in the emerging field of synthetic biology.

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Intelligence Review Yields No Firm Conclusion on Origins of Virus

Declassified portions of a report presented to President Biden revealed divisions among federal agencies over whether the virus came from a lab leak or natural processes.

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Exoskeleton Suits: A New Device to Help You Walk and Run Better

Scientists are developing devices and clothing that make running and walking easier and more enjoyable.

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Scientists Press Case Against the Covid Lab Leak Theory

In a review of recent studies and comparisons to other outbreaks, a group of virologists contends that there is more evidence to support a natural spillover from animals to humans.

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The Warnings About the Coronavirus That Were Ignored

Even if the coronavirus did not emerge from a lab, the groundwork for a potential disaster had been laid for years, and learning its lessons is essential to preventing others.

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Scientist Finds Early Coronavirus Sequences That Had Been Mysteriously Deleted

By rooting through files stored on Google Cloud, a researcher says he recovered 13 early coronavirus sequences that had disappeared from a database last year.

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Scientist Finds Early Virus Sequences That Had Been Mysteriously Deleted

By rooting through files stored on Google Cloud, a researcher says he recovered 13 early coronavirus sequences that had disappeared from a database last year.

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Covid Lab-Leak Theory Renews “Gain-of-Function” Research Debate

Talk of ‘gain-of-function’ research, a muddy category at best, brings up deep questions about how scientists should study viruses and other pathogens.

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Lab-Leak Theory: Kristian Andersen On His Fauci Email and Covid Origins

In early 2020, Kristian Andersen wrote to Anthony Fauci about the possibility of an engineered coronavirus. His research has since dispelled those suspicions.

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U.F.O.s and the Search for Alien Life

Readers speculate about how extraterrestrial beings would view our world. Also: The Wuhan lab; the C.D.C. and mild infections.

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Why the Lab Leak Theory Matters

The debate about Covid’s origins will have implications beyond the media critique.

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Senate Weighs Investing $120 Billion in Science to Counter China

The legislation has drawn bipartisan support amid the coronavirus pandemic as Democrats and Republicans have become increasingly concerned about Beijing’s supply chain dominance.

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More Scientists Urge Broad Inquiry Into Coronavirus Origins

Researchers urge an open mind, saying lack of evidence leaves theories of natural spillover and laboratory leak both viable.

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Is It Covid or the Flu? New Combo Tests Can Find Out.

New tests for respiratory illnesses can look for more than 20 pathogens at a time.

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Why Virus Tests at One Elite School Ran Afoul of Regulators

In the suburbs of Chicago, New Trier High School offers a lesson in just how complicated it can be to track the coronavirus in schools.

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The Next Trick: Pulling Coronavirus Out of Thin Air

Thermo Fisher Scientific’s new air sampler can help monitor for airborne pathogens, and signals renewed interest in bioaerosol surveillance.

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Some Scientists Question W.H.O. Inquiry Into the Coronavirus Pandemic’s Origins

Those who still suspect the outbreak in China may have been caused by a lab leak or accident are pressing for an independent investigation.

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Einsteinium Is Mysterious. Scientists Have Unlocked Some of Its Secrets.

Number 99 on the periodic table does not occur naturally and is difficult to make and store, challenging researchers who want to study it.

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You’re Infected With the Coronavirus. But How Infected?

Knowing the amount of virus carried in the body could help doctors predict the course of a patient’s illness.

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Fruit Flies Are Essential to Science. So Are the Workers Who Keep Them Alive.

Sustaining the world’s biggest Drosophila collection during the pandemic has been a challenge, but the people in Indiana who supply the insects to labs around the world stay dedicated to the task.

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Covid Testing: What You Need to Know

Long lines, slow results and inconsistent advice have left many of us confused about when and how to get tested. We talked to the experts to answer your questions.

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Hidden Beneath the Streets of New York, a Way to Track Covid

The city’s sewers, known for alligator tales and other lore, are routinely tested for traces of the coronavirus.

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What New York City’s Sewers Reveal About the Virus

The city’s underground pungent waterways, known for alligator tales and other lore, are routinely tested for traces of the coronavirus.

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How to Return to Campus Safely: Test, Then Test Again

Some colleges are using lessons from the fall to bring back more students in spring

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‘Nobody Sees Us’: Testing-Lab Workers Strain Under Demand

Laboratory technologists have been working nonstop to help the nation diagnose an ever-growing number of coronavirus cases.

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Singapore Approves a Lab-Grown Meat Product, a Global First

The approval for a U.S. start-up’s “cultured chicken” product is a small victory for the nascent laboratory meat industry. Less clear is whether other countries will follow Singapore’s lead.

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London A.I. Lab Claims Breakthrough That Could Accelerate Drug Discovery

Researchers at DeepMind say they have solved “the protein folding problem,” a task that has bedeviled scientists for more than 50 years.

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8 Months After Virus Hit, an Ominous Sign: Long Lines for Testing Again

As the outbreak surges around the country, the testing delays show the basic public health challenges that the country still faces.

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These Researchers Tested Positive. But the Virus Wasn’t the Cause.

Several scientists working with harmless genetic material have discovered that their research may have contaminated their coronavirus tests.

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Coronavirus Rapid Testing Falters in People Without Symptoms: Study

A head-to-head comparison of lab and rapid coronavirus tests drew mixed reactions from experts, who raised concerns about accuracy.

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In a Battered New York Office Market, Life Science Is Flourishing

With state and city government support, developers are building laboratories for medical research and incubator spaces for biotech start-ups amid the race for a coronavirus vaccine.

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When Start-Ups Go Into the Garage (or Sometimes the Living Room)

Labs closed in the pandemic, but innovation doesn’t stop. So while some workers have the home office, engineers have the garage.

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Nevada Halts Use of Rapid Coronavirus Tests in Nursing Homes

Two tests made by Quidel and BD repeatedly delivered false-positive results, prompting the state to stop using them.

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356 Elephants Dropped Dead. Did This Bacteria Poison Them?

Some conservationists accepted the explanation provided by Botswana’s government, but others raised doubts.

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How Companies Are Getting Speedy Coronavirus Tests for Employees

Intermediaries are finding labs with capacity for companies seeking to make sure workers are virus-free. But many employers choose to avoid the cost.

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Daily Coronavirus Testing at Home? Many Experts Are Skeptical

The buzzy idea is impractical, critics said. And there isn’t yet real-world data to show it will work.

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Myriam Sarachik Never Gave Up on Physics

The New York-based scientist overcame sexism and personal tragedy to make major contributions to the field, for which she received recognition this year.

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A Quick Virus Test? Sure, If You Can Afford It

Standard tests in New York City can take days or weeks. Wealthier people are turning to concierge services and small laboratories to get results in as little as 24 hours.

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Your Coronavirus Test Is Positive. Maybe It Shouldn’t Be.

The usual diagnostic tests may simply be too sensitive and too slow to contain the spread of the virus.

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Intel Slips, and a High-Profile Supercomputer Is Delayed

The chip maker was selected for an Energy Department project meant to show American tech independence. But problems at Intel have thrown a wrench into the effort.

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More of Your Coronavirus Testing Questions, Answered

Our readers sent in smart questions about this thorny issue.

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For Quick Coronavirus Testing, Israel Turns to a Clever Algorithm

Inspired by a mother’s question, the new method will be introduced across Israel this fall, just in time for flu season, and could be coming soon to the U.S.

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Fast, Less Accurate Covid Tests May Ease the U.S. Backlog, Experts Say

Experts are revising their views on the best methods to detect infections, setting aside long-held standards so that the spread of the virus can be more quickly tracked and contained.

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Welcome Back to Germany. Now Take Your Free Coronavirus Test.

The country’s capacity to make testing efficient, affordable and available has distinguished it. Now, to head off a potential second wave, it’s testing anyone returning from a “hot zone” on entry.

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Trump’s Coronavirus Testing Chief Concedes a Lag in Test Results

With the reopening plans of schools and businesses hinging on rapid test results, the Trump administration’s testing czar says a two- to three-day turnaround “is not possible.”

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Andrew Cuomo: Coronavirus Tests Can Have Fast Results, Here’s How

States should look to New York’s strategies.

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A Possible Weapon Against the Pandemic: Printing Human Tissue

Bioprinting could be used for testing potential treatments for Covid-19, cancer and other diseases.

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When Is a Coronavirus Test Not a Coronavirus Test?

If it takes 12 days to get results, it’s basically pointless.

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Coronavirus Testing Labs Again Lack Key Supplies

Just weeks after resolving shortages in swabs, researchers are struggling to find the chemicals and plastic pieces they need to carry out coronavirus tests in the lab — leading to long waiting times.

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Testing Backlogs May Cloud the True Spread of the Coronavirus

Public health experts say delays in testing continue to hinder attempts to track and contain the spread of disease.

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