The New York Times

We have facilitated critical reporting in The New York Times on health technology startup funding, breaking biopharma updates, CRISPR technology, COVID-19 testing, and bioethics.

Once Science Fiction, Gene Editing Is Now a Looming Reality

Katie Hafner covers how the prospect of erasing some disabilities and perceived deficiencies hovers at the margins of what people consider ethically acceptable.

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Illustration of miniature humans editing the bodies of larger humans

 

These Labs Rushed to Test for Coronavirus. They Had Few Takers.

Katie Thomas explores how the fragmented U.S. health care system has hampered efforts to expand coronavirus testing, by making it difficult for hospitals to switch to new labs with ample capacity.

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Why Researchers Hope to Test High-Risk Groups in California

Max Brimelow and colleagues cover new COVID-19 testing initiatives are led by health experts at California’s top public and private universities.

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Old Drugs May Find a New Purpose: Fighting the Coronavirus

Carl Zimmer discusses how a “drug repurposing” strategy uncovers dozens of compounds that have the unexpected potential to combat the coronavirus.

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24 Hours in a Pandemic Nation

With illustrations by Joana Avillez, the Times’ editorial staff present a series of moving vignettes capturing the impact of COVID-19 on life in America. A virtual recovery meeting. A police officer donned a face mask. A pastor without a congregation. A funeral director trying to bury the dead. This is a new America.

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Scientists Identify 69 Drugs to Test Against the Coronavirus

Carl Zimmer covers a new report showing that nearly 70 drugs and experimental compounds may be effective in treating the coronavirus. Some of the medications are already used to treat other diseases, and repurposing them to treat Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, may be faster than trying to invent a new antiviral from scratch.

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Hundreds of Scientists Scramble to Find a Coronavirus Treatment

Carl Zimmer reports on the efforts of researchers looking for drugs that shield proteins in our own cells that the coronavirus depends on to thrive and reproduce. Many of the candidate drugs are already approved to treat diseases, such as cancer, that would seem to have nothing to do with Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.

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Genome Study Reveals Clues to Komodo Dragon’s Unique Abilities

Veronique Greenwood writes about new findings that help us better understand the characteristics of the Komodo dragon, its evolution, and how genes that control the formation of the vertebrate heart have changed over the course of evolution. The research could eventually be applied to better understand the development of the human heart and congenital heart disease.

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Genome Study Reveals Clues to Komodo Dragon’s Unique Abilities

Veronique Greenwood writes about new findings that help us better understand the characteristics of the Komodo dragon, its evolution, and how genes that control the formation of the vertebrate heart have changed over the course of evolution. The research could eventually be applied to better understand the development of the human heart and congenital heart disease.

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