Researchers create human airway stem cells from patients’ cells

BOSTON — For the first time, researchers have successfully created airway basal stem cells in vitro from induced pluripotent stem cells by reprogramming blood cells taken from patients. Given that airway basal cells are defined as stem cells of the airways because they can regenerate the airway epithelium in response to injury, this study may…

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Experts Tell F.D.A. It Should Gather More Safety Data on Covid-19 Vaccines

Vaccine experts peppered officials at the Food and Drug Administration with a range of questions on Thursday about its guidelines for approving a coronavirus vaccine, pushing the agency on whether it should wait longer to collect more safety data and whether an emergency approval could jeopardize the outcome of the broader clinical trials. The stakes,…

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Schoolchildren Seem Unlikely to Fuel Coronavirus Surges, Scientists Say

Months into the school year, school reopenings across the United States remain a patchwork of plans: in-person, remote and hybrid; masked and not; socially distanced and not. But amid this jumble, one clear pattern is emerging. So far, schools do not seem to be stoking community transmission of the coronavirus, according to data emerging from…

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F.D.A. Approves Remdesivir as First Drug to Treat Covid-19

The Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday that it had formally approved remdesivir as the first drug to treat Covid-19, a move that indicated the government’s confidence in its safe and effective use for hospitalized patients. The F.D.A. said the drug had been approved for adults and pediatric patients 12 years of age and…

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden Turns Over a New Leaf

Only a skeleton staff at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden witnessed the blizzard of cherry blossoms scattered by spring breezes during the pandemic shutdown. Delicate blooms of wisteria tumbled over pergolas and plump roses unfurled with no appreciative fans to say “Oooh.” The garden reopened in August for a limited daily number of socially distanced visitors.…

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How to Create Your Own Herbal Tea Garden

The tea garden — a typically modest plot dedicated to the growing of herbs and flowers for steeping — has its roots in ancient herbalist traditions and helped lay the foundation for modern botany. According to “The Gardener’s Companion to Medicinal Plants,” a 2016 guide to home remedies, the study of herbal medicine can be…

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Don’t Watch Porn at Work and Other Tips

“If someone asked you before, ‘Do you want to sign up for a world in which your co-workers see inside of your house all the time?’, the answer would probably be ‘no,’” said Kelly Williams Brown, an etiquette expert. Whelp, here we are. In a recent poll, one in four American workers said they’d been…

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No Grumpy Old Men in the Chimp World

It’s good to have friends, for humans and chimpanzees. But the nature and number of those friends change over time. In young adulthood, humans tend to have a lot of friendships. But as they age, social circles narrow, and people tend to keep a few good friends around and enjoy them more. This trend holds…

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Uggs Are Indie Now. I Don’t Make The Rules.

Courtesy, BackgridGetty Images Style Points is a weekly column about how fashion intersects with the wider world. When Glenn Martens’s models strode out on the runway, their upper thighs encased in fluffy tan tubelets, the front row did a double take. Were those…could those be…UGGs? Whatever your associations with the 40-year-old boot company—surfers, early-aughts Pamela…

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Take Comfort in Pumpkin This Season

Remote learning, empty football stadiums, no trick or treating. Fall might look and feel very different this year, but at least there are still plenty of pumpkins to be picked and pumpkin treats to eat. For carving and pumpkinseed roasting, standard jack-o’-lantern, or field, pumpkins will do just fine, but for eating, look for small,…

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