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UNDERFUNDED AND UNDER THREAT: Over Half of States Have Rolled Back Public Health Powers in Pandemic

September 15, 2021

Republican legislators in more than half of U.S. states, spurred on by voters angry about lockdowns and mask mandates, are taking away the powers state and local officials use to protect the public against infectious diseases. Underfunded And Under Threat A series examining how the U.S. public health front lines have been left understaffed and…

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Return of the mammoth? George Church-backed company launches with $15 million for elephant-sized quest

September 15, 2021

Harvard scientist George Church, a pioneer of both DNA sequencing and gene editing, has been talking in the press for more than a decade about the possibility of bringing the extinct woolly mammoth back to life. It’s been the subject of magazine articles, books, and, of course, a TEDx talk. Now, it is the focus of a…

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‘I can still feel it’: Groundbreaking arm amputation surgery makes a ‘phantom’ hand seem real

September 15, 2021

“Can you give me a thumbs up?” the surgeon asks Jerry Majetich, an Iraq War veteran, during a checkup this spring at a Boston hospital. “Can you make me a fist? And extend your fingers?” It is an odd, even jarring, series of requests to make of a patient whose right arm has been amputated…

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FDA-approved gout medicine could also battle COVID-19

September 15, 2021

Probenecid is already FDA approved and has potent antiviral properties against SARS-CoV-2 As COVID-19 cases continue to skyrocket across the U.S. and the world, few options are available for treating patients infected with the SARS-CoV-2. But new research from the University of Georgia offers hope for a viable therapeutic to combat the disease that has claimed…

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Boehringer Ingelheim, Twist Bioscience team up for $710M-plus antibody discovery collab

September 13, 2021

Boehringer Ingelheim’s work to discover and develop innovative new therapeutics will now look to antibodies to attack and treat a wide range of diseases—but there’s a twist. Twist Biosciences, that is, with whom the company has formed a long-term partnership for therapeutic antibody discovery. Boehringer will look to Twist’s “Library of Libraries” of antibody sequences…

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Biden calls for vaccine requirements for two-thirds of American workers

September 13, 2021

President Joe Biden on Thursday announced a set of ambitious plans to implement vaccine requirements for health facilities that receive federal funding, federal employers and contractors, and businesses with more than 100 employees in a bid to gain control over the worst wave of Covid-19 infections since last winter. The requirements are part of a…

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