Starve the cancer

Fighting cancer often means employing a suite of techniques to target the tumor and prevent it from growing and spreading to other parts of the body. It’s no small feat — the American Cancer Society predicts roughly 1.8 million new cases of cancer in the country in 2020, underscoring the need to identify additional ways…

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US military improved mortality since World War II, but there have been alarming exceptions

New analysis shows that while the survivability of wounds on the battlefield has steadily improved for United States service members since World War II, there were several increases that bucked that trend during subsequent conflicts. By understanding these bumps and making steps to improve readiness between conflicts, troops’ lives could be saved in the future.…

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Shortening of average serial interval over time indicates isolation effectively limits COVID-19 transmission

A new analysis of SARS-CoV-2 transmission data in China shows that faster identification and isolation of infected, symptomatic individuals contributed to the shortening of the average serial interval – or the period between the onset of symptoms in successive cases – over time, as fewer opportunities occurred for viral transmission from one infector to more…

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Scientists present pre- and postfusion cryo-em structures of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein

Scientists report two new cryo-EM structures representing the pre- and postfusion conformations of the full-length SARS-CoV-2 spike (S) protein, an essential viral component responsible for host cell entry and the spread of infection. These reconstructions – derived from a full-length, fully wild-type form of the S protein – demonstrate critical differences from previous cryo-EM studies…

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Anti-Asian hate crime during the COVID-19 pandemic

Under the Hate Crime Statistic Act, hate crimes are defined as “crimes that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, gender and gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.” Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, the United States has seen a surge of Asian Americans reporting racially motivated hate crimes. Earlier this month, University of Colorado Denver School…

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Vegan Ice Creams With Cheffy Flavors

A scoop of Eclipse blackberry-tarragon ice cream devised by the chef Greg Baxtrom comes topped with support for his restaurant Olmsted’s food bank, active in Brooklyn. Toasted almond thyme ice cream by Nicole Krasinski, an owner and the pastry chef at State Bird Provisions in San Francisco, benefits Black Earth Farms, a Black and Indigenous…

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Danny Meyer’s Restaurants Will End Their No-Tipping Policy

One of the country’s best-known restaurateurs, Danny Meyer, announced five years ago that his Union Square Hospitality Group would gradually eliminate tipping. The group’s decision began an industrywide examination of the age-old practice, but adopting it proved complicated, especially in New York State, where laws governing tip distribution are strict. Still, especially in recent months,…

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