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Evidence That the Coronavirus Can Mess With Our DNA Is Far From Convincing

14 May 2021

Science is hard. This is not meant to dissuade anyone from going into the sciences. It’s just a statement of fact with which all scientists would probably agree, and it’s a sort of mantra we can...

The World’s Second Best Molecule of the Year

12 Feb 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has made visible so many unsung heroes. Essential workers, parents who must work from home and care for their children, healthcare personnel. But there is one hero whose...

The Vaccine is Here But So Is The Fear

15 Dec 2020

No, we will not become genetic mutants when we finally get to roll up our sleeves and agree to be jabbed with a vaccine containing modified messenger RNA (mod-mRNA). That scare is making the rounds...

How Antivirals Create Paper Jams That Stop Viruses in Their Tracks

15 May 2020

Here’s a counterintuitive fact: an antiviral drug does not kill a virus. The real virus killers are the virucides, like alcohol and bleach, that tear the virus apart. It’s all in the name, with “...

We Are All Mutants and So Is the Coronavirus

16 Apr 2020

The word “mutant” suggests aberrations. Whether we think of Jeff Goldblum’s stomach-churning physical deterioration in The Fly or even the unwarranted demonization of the X-Men by non-mutants, that...

How Long Can a Virus “Live” Outside the Body?

8 Apr 2020

One of the frequently asked questions about the SARS-CoV-2 virus is how long the virus can live outside the body. “Live” is not exactly the appropriate term, as viruses are not really "alive"...

Infection by a Virus Can Sometimes be Useful

18 Mar 2020

Even before the panic due to COVID-19, “virus” was a scary term. That’s because we have all had some sort of battle with a virus and the experience was not enjoyable. However, there are times when...

How Do We Rapidly Test for COVID-19?

12 Mar 2020

There’s a lot of talk about testing for the new coronavirus and how testing kits are in short supply in certain areas. But what few people explain is what is inside this mystery box. How are...

The Costly Reprogramming of the Immune System to Fight off Cancer

18 Oct 2019

Alternative medicine, with its universal boogeymen and safe panaceas, gives us a simplistic (and wrong) view of the world. Medicine, on the other hand, often demands that we make tough choices....

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