Joe Palca

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How Monoclonal Antibodies Might Prove Useful Against The Coronavirus

Thursday, March 26, 2020

A treatment strategy that identifies particularly potent immune system proteins, then gins up mass quantities for a single dose might help prevent infections or quell symptoms, scientists say.


Behind The Race To Develop Antibody-Based Treatments For COVID-19

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Several teams are racing to develop therapies for COVID-19 based on antibodies, the components of immune systems that can be collected from the blood of patients who have survived the disease.


FDA Expedites Treatment Of Seriously Ill COVID-19 Patients With Experimental Plasma

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Scientists are rolling out an old-fashioned approach they hope will help treat COVID-19. The treatment involves giving patients plasma from people who have recovered from the virus.


Supercomputers Recruited To Hunt For Clues To A COVID-19 Treatment

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Scientists hope a machine can do what a person can't: quickly analyze every physical and chemical aspect of the coronavirus and sift through the world's drugs for subtle clues that might prove useful.


Increase In Availability Of Coronavirus Tests

Saturday, March 21, 2020

The Trump administration suggested that widespread testing is underway but that the country is only in day six of the 15-day plan to slow the spread of the coronavirus.


U.S. Flu Season Beginning To Ease, Modelers Say

Monday, March 09, 2020

Though COVID-19 has captured the headlines, influenza places a huge burden on the health care system. This year's flu shot provides good protection, the CDC says, so do get one if you haven't already.


Coronavirus: Italy Travel Restrictions

Sunday, March 08, 2020

More than 100,000 people around the world have been diagnosed with the illness COVID-19. A number of governments are now trying to contain the spread of the virus.


Respirators Key To Coronavirus Battle But They Must Be Worn Correctly

Friday, March 06, 2020

A respirator is a central piece of protective gear vital for keeping health care workers healthy — but wearing one incorrectly can put the wearer at risk.


Hunt For New Coronavirus Treatments Includes Gene-Silencing And Monoclonal Antibodies

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The new coronavirus has spurred biotech labs in universities and companies to try to find new approaches to stopping the virus — from blocking its key enzymes to interfering with its genetics.


In The Fight Against COVID-19, Labs Look To Create Coronavirus Antibodies

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

An approach to treating new diseases that worked for the Ebola and Zika viruses is being tested for the new coronavirus. It involves using antibodies to the disease as a drug.


DARPA Aims To Have Coronavirus Vaccine Shortly After Outbreak's Start

Friday, February 14, 2020

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency supports a pandemic preparedness program that is designed to respond rapidly to an emerging threat such as the coronavirus.


Timetable For A Vaccine Against The New Coronavirus? Maybe This Fall

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Recent advances in biotech make scientists optimistic that they might have a vaccine that has passed basic tests of human safety and efficacy ready to go to clinics as soon as this fall.


The U.S. Government Is Sharing Its Test For The New Coronavirus

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Right now, the CDC in Atlanta is the only place that can definitively test for the new coronavirus. But soon regional public health labs will get in the game, and kits are being developed for doctors.


The State Of A Potential Vaccine For The New Coronavirus

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Several teams are working on a vaccine to protect against the new coronavirus. Although a vaccine is many months off, new technologies have helped build potential vaccines in record time.


A Travel Ban To Contain The Coronavirus Could Worsen Conditions In Wuhan

Saturday, January 25, 2020

China is enforcing travel restrictions on several cities, affecting millions of people. But research shows that these measures are not effective. In fact, they might make the situation even worse.


NASA Will Try Out An Instrument Designed To Make Oxygen On Mars

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

The next Mars mission will have an instrument that can make oxygen from the carbon dioxide in the Martian atmosphere. It will be crucial for keeping astronauts alive and for fueling rockets.


Electrical Field May Speed Wound Healing By Encouraging Cell Regeneration

Monday, December 30, 2019

A scientist in Wisconsin has invented a bandage that uses an electrical field to speed up the time needed for a wound to heal. It could one day lead to treatments for baldness and obesity.


What's Ahead For The U.S. Space Program

Sunday, December 29, 2019

The coming year is supposed to bring some important launches into space. It's possible private companies will successfully launch humans into space, and missions to Mars and the sun are planned.


Why An Agile Anchovy Isn't Able To Escape A Ponderous Whale

Friday, December 27, 2019

Scientists used field recordings from humpback whales and laboratory experiments with anchovies to determine how the ponderous whale manages to catch the agile anchovy. The answer is timing.


The Year In Science News

Thursday, December 26, 2019

We look at three noteworthy stories from the year in science news: acceptance of climate change, medical therapies to come from a new gene editing tool, and the first image of a black hole.