Thirteen years ago, a young woman was found dead in small-town Texas. She was nicknamed “Lavender Doe” for the purple shirt she was wearing. Her real identity would remain a mystery until amateur genealogists took up her case.
A year of scientific uncertainty is over. Two vaccines look like they will work, and more should follow.
Prenatal testing is changing who gets born and who doesn’t. This is just the beginning.
The Trump administration spurred development of a vaccine; the Biden administration has to persuade Americans to take it.
The longer we can prevent infections, the better prepared we will be to treat them.
Soon COVID-19 vaccine makers will release early data from large clinical trials, and the results could be ambiguous.
Trump claims his illness has led him to a coronavirus “cure.” Antibody therapy is still far from that.
The COVID-19 vaccines furthest along in clinical trials are the fastest to make, but they are also the hardest to deploy.
Parents thought Donor 9623 was a genius who spoke four languages, not a college dropout with a criminal record.
The country is facing a monkey shortage.
If the FDA’s emergency authorizations aren’t used responsibly, they could lose their power.
No matter what happens now, the virus will continue to circulate around the world.
So much hope is riding on a breakthrough, but a vaccine is only the beginning of the end.
Since 2000, a strange new type of song in white-throated sparrows has spread across the continent at stunning speed.
We know very little about how reliable tests are for people who don’t feel sick.
In a Boston ICU, staff members orchestrate goodbyes over Zoom and comfort patients who would otherwise die alone.
Sheltering in place produced a “natural experiment” for urban wildlife.
Inside the U.S. and Panama’s long-running collaboration to rid an entire continent of a deadly disease.
Even as vaccines for the disease are being held up as the last hope for a return to normalcy, misinformation about them is spreading.
COVID-19 is much less severe in children, and it could have to do with a child’s still-developing immune system.
Cat owners are resorting to China’s underground marketplace to buy antivirals for a feline coronavirus.