Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Decoding delta: How viruses mutate and what can be done about it

Even as some Americans resume pre-pandemic activities like social gatherings or dining or shopping mask-free, a perilous schism is emerging in the U.S. between those who are vaccinated against COVID-19 and those who are not. ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

SARS-CoV-2 following predictable mutational footsteps

New research from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln has shown that the mutations arising in the COVID-19-causing SARS-CoV-2 virus seem to run in the family—or at least the genus of coronaviruses most dangerous to humans.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Vaccine protection may diminish need for yearly boosters

Scientists have found clues that the world's leading COVID-19 vaccines offer lasting protection that could diminish the need for frequent booster shots, but they caution that more research is needed and that virus mutations ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Can scientists predict all of the ways the coronavirus will evolve?

Late last year, three distinct and fast-spreading coronavirus variants were observed in the UK, South Africa and Brazil. More recently, variants in India, the US and elsewhere are causing alarm. Does the emergence of these ...

Medical research

One year of SARS-CoV-2 evolution

A number of SARS-CoV-2 variants have emerged from immunocompromised hosts, research has identified. It is thought that variants of concern—including B.1.1.7, a variant first identified in Kent—were a result of long-term ...

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