Is the coronavirus outbreak of unnatural origins?

Did coronavirus mutate from a virus already prevalent in humans or animals or did it originate in a laboratory? As scientists grapple with understanding the source of this rapidly spreading virus, the Grunow-Finke assessment tool (GFT) may assist them with determining whether the coronavirus outbreak is of natural or unnatural origins. Unless the question of…

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Texas Biomed accelerates multi-species study to identify COVID-19 animal model

San Antonio, Texas (March 26, 2020) — Scientists at Texas Biomedical Research Institute (Texas Biomed) today announced the launch of a comprehensive research initiative to investigate multiple animal species and their response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This study expands on a previously launched study to validate a baboon animal model for SARS-CoV-2, the…

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Worldwide scientific collaboration unveils genetic architecture of gray matter

The cerebral cortex is the relatively thin, folded, outer «gray matter» layer of the brain crucial for thinking, information processing, memory, and attention. Not much has been revealed about the genetic underpinnings that influence the size of the cortex’s surface area and its thickness, both of which have previously been linked to various psychiatric traits,…

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US autism rates up 10 percent in new CDC report

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health contributed to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that finds the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among 11 surveillance sites as 1 in 54 among children aged 8 years in 2016 (or 1.85 percent). This is a 10 percent increase…

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Executive function in women post-menopause

AURORA, Colo. (March 26, 2020) — Assessing adverse childhood experiences and current anxiety and depression symptoms may help ease cognitive distress in women who have undergone a surgical menopause for cancer risk-reduction, or RRSO, according to a new study published in Menopause. Researchers, including Dr. Neill Epperson of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus,…

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W Magazine Goes on Hiatus, Furloughs Much of Its Staff

ImageSara Moonves, the editor in chief of W, in Sept. 2019.Credit…Tom Jamieson for The New York Times W, the hefty fashion bible known for publishing the adventurous work of top-tier photographers, had long been one of the magazine industry’s most august titles. While it costs less to run than Vogue, it is nevertheless expensive. Now,…

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Floyd Cardoz Showed How to Honor a Cuisine by Bending It

When I heard the name Floyd Cardoz, my mind always went straight to watermelon curry. Yours probably did, too, if you went to Tabla, the restaurant off Madison Square Park where he was the chef (and an owner, with Danny Meyer) from its opening in 1998 until the end of 2010. Of all the dishes…

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Can You Become Immune to the Coronavirus?

As the number of people infected with the coronavirus surpasses 450,000 worldwide, and more than one billion are locked in their homes, scientists are wrestling with one of the most pressing questions of the pandemic: Do people who survive the infection become immune to the virus? The answer is a qualified yes, with some significant…

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Food Supply Anxiety Brings Back Victory Gardens

“Small things count,” read a headline in the tiny, insistent pamphlet published by the National War Garden Commission in 1919. The pitch made gardening a civic duty. And though the illustrations were cute, the text was urgent: “Prevention of widespread starvation is the peacetime obligation of the United States. … The War Garden of 1918…

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