Neuroscience

Researchers trace spinal neuron family tree

Spinal cord nerve cells branching through the body resemble trees with limbs fanning out in every direction. But this image can also be used to tell the story of how these neurons, their jobs becoming more specialized over ...

Medical research

Understanding the evolution of SARS and COVID-19 type viruses

As COVID-19 sweeps the world, related viruses quietly circulate among wild animals. A new study shows how SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and SARS-CoV-1, which caused the 2003 SARS outbreak, are related to each ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Tracking virus mutations reveals success of stay-at-home orders

A family tree of more than 200 variations in the virus that causes COVID-19 helps explain why two Wisconsin counties—just 75 miles apart, but far from the origins of the virus—had such different early experiences with ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Dutch farm worker likely got COVID-19 from mink: minister

A Dutch mink farm worker likely caught coronavirus from the animals kept there, in the country's first reported case of animal-to-human transmission, the agriculture minister said.

Genetics

First US murder trial using DNA, family tree evidence

A truck driver implicated by his DNA and family tree in a double murder more than 30 years after the crime will face trial this week in the first case using a revolutionary investigative technique.

Medical economics

Benefits of informal health expertise

A helpful reminder – something as simple as "Are you taking your medications?" – could conceivably prolong a life.

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