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Scientists rapidly identified the Omicron variant. But firm answers about its impact could take weeks

The emergence of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, with a suite of mutations that suggests it might be extra transmissible and be able to evade at least some immune protection, has the world eager for answers about what it means for the Covid-19 pandemic. But so much remains unknown largely because the variant appears […]

Opinion: Countries shouldn’t invoke the Nagoya Protocol to avoid sharing pathogens and genetic sequences

This week, health officials from around the world will meet in Geneva — and virtually — to discuss plans for a global treaty on pandemic preparedness. This is an essential undertaking as the world struggles to find a path through the current pandemic, with a race against time to get vaccines to all who need […]

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through November 27)

NEUROSCIENCE Can Digital Reality Be Jacked Directly Into Your Brain?Adam Rogers | Wired “The idea of uploading a synthetic experience into a mind has been a load-bearing member in science fiction for at least 75 years… But in real life (that’s what this is, right?), we’re a long way from a data port in the nape […]

Complex RNA structures could have untapped therapeutic potential in the fight against COVID-19

To the untrained eye, the loops, kinks and folds in the single strand of RNA that makes up the coronavirus genome look like a jumble of spaghetti or tangled yarn. But to researchers like Amanda Hargrove, a chemistry professor at Duke University, the complex shapes that RNA takes on as it folds upon itself could […]

Study reveals brain mechanism that may contribute to the perception of low-contrast familiar objects

The appearance of objects can often change. For example, in dim evenings or fog, the contrast of the objects decreases, making it difficult to distinguish them.

Genetic ancestry can explain population-level differences in immune response to the flu virus

A new study aimed at explaining differential susceptibility to viral epidemics reveals that ancestry and associated genetic variation can explain population-level differences in the immune response to the flu virus and perhaps also to COVID-19.

Women more likely than men to struggle with daily activities as they get older, study finds

Women are more likely than men to struggle with both regular daily tasks and mobility activities as they age, according to new analysis of longitudinal cohort studies led by researchers at UCL and the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) in France.

Persistent opioid use among 12% of patients after cardiac implantable electronic device procedures

About 12 percent of patients who receive implantable cardiac devices such as a pacemaker or defibrillator and fill an opioid prescription after surgery will consistently use the pain medication in the months afterward, raising the potential for addiction following these common procedures and identifying another pathway that could contribute to the national opioid crisis, according […]