New clues about the architecture of X chromosomes

All female mammals, including humans, have two X chromosomes. Normal development requires one X chromosome to be inactivated. A balance of protein clusters called cohesins is needed to alter X chromosome shape... Read more »

Why are countries halting the AstraZeneca shot?

Countries including Denmark, Ireland, and Thailand have temporarily suspended their use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine after reports that some people who got a dose developed blood clots, even though there’s no evidence... Read more »

Your COVID-19 vaccine rollout questions, answered

On an in-depth guide on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, where we’ll answer your questions about where the mass vaccination effort stands, what’s ahead, and when it may be your turn to... Read more »

Winnipeg lab that confirmed Canada’s 1st COVID-19 case now working on vaccines, tracing virus in wastewater

Since it confirmed Canada’s first case of COVID-19, the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg has received $2 billion in COVID-19 funding from the federal government. It’s spending some of that money on... Read more »

Trudeau says AstraZeneca vaccine is safe after some European countries suspend its use

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine is safe and Canadians should have no concerns about receiving it, after nearly a dozen European countries suspended its use over concerns about blood clots. View... Read more »

Video-led feedback program reduces behavior problems in children as young as 12 months

A home-based parenting program to prevent childhood behavior problems, which very unusually focuses on children when they are still toddlers and, in some cases, just 12 months old, has proven highly successful... Read more »

Insulin rises before cells develop resistance, new diabetes research implies

Researchers have now presented results that may change our basic view of how type 2 diabetes occurs. Their study indicates that free fatty acids (FFAs) in the blood trigger insulin release even... Read more »

Hidden link between cellular defense systems

Researchers have discovered that heparanase, HPSE, a poorly understood protein, is a key regulator of cells’ innate defense mechanisms. View original article here Source Read more »

SARS-CoV-2 hijacks two key metabolic pathways to rapidly replicate in host cells

Researchers studying cultured cells shortly after infecting them with SARS-CoV-2, now have more insight into the metabolic pathways co-opted by the virus. The findings highlight the potential therapeutic benefit of drugs such... Read more »

Lab studies of emotion and well-being may be missing real-world anxiety

Psychologists have been studying emotional health and well-being for decades, often having people engage in contrived laboratory experiments and respond to self-report questionnaires to understand their emotional experiences and the strategies they... Read more »