Mutations could muddle COVID-19 PCR tests

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May 19, 2021

Coronavirus Mutations Could Muddle COVID-19 PCR Tests

By Jack J. Lee

Researchers find that SARS-CoV-2 variants can evade primer-probe sets and recommend that diagnostic assays include multiple targets for reliability.

Stamping Out Science, 1948

By Catherine Offord

Trofim Lysenko's attacks on geneticists had long-term effects on Russian science and scientists, despite a lack of evidence to support his beliefs about biological inheritance.

100-Year-Old Lungs Yield Genetic Samples of 1918 Flu Viruses

By Christie Wilcox

Influenza RNA sequences from three sets of lungs preserved in formalin since 1918 provide new insights into the deadly pandemic.

ICYMI: Depoliticizing Science

By Bob Grant

Politicians should of course consider and respect the latest research findings in crafting policy, but elected officials should honor the scientific method by letting its practitioners hash out the details of the science.

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From the Archives: How to Accelerate the Growth of Restored Corals

By Ashley Hanna R. Koch, Erinn Muller, and Michael P. Crosby

The novel technique involves planting several small fragments of slow-growing corals onto dead coral heads. The fragments eventually fuse, forming a large colony in a fraction of the time that it takes wild corals to build reefs.

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