Richard Harris

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Rapid, Cheap, Less Accurate Coronavirus Testing Has A Place, Scientists Say

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

A single test that can give false reassurance sounds bad. But a $10 test for the coronavirus, if repeated daily, would discover real infections, say proponents of such tests as screening tools.


Developments Are Encouraging In Race To Find Coronavirus Vaccine

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Vaccines being developed in China and Britain are showing promise according to the latest report from those labs. The vaccines stimulate an immune response and seem to have mild side effects.


U.K. And China Report Preliminary Success Of Experimental Coronavirus Vaccines

Monday, July 20, 2020

Coronavirus vaccine studies in Great Britain and China have both reported encouraging results. These projects are on the vanguard of vaccine development, but now they are awaiting large-scale tests.


Early Oxford-AstraZeneca Coronavirus Vaccine Data 'Encouraging,' Scientists Say

Monday, July 20, 2020

Testing in more than 1,000 people found the vaccine spurred an immune response and had no severe side effects. Larger trials are underway.


An Enzyme That Increases With Exercise Can Improve Memory In Mice, And Maybe People

Thursday, July 09, 2020

When scientists revved up the production of an enzyme called GPLD1 in older mice, it stimulated nerve growth in their brains and the animals navigated a maze better.


Scientists Discover Enzyme That Could Result In A Drug Substitute For Exercise

Thursday, July 09, 2020

Scientists have discovered an enzyme that is elevated in people and mice who exercise a lot. They hope the discovery could lead to medicine that would have some of the benefits of exercise.


Spike In Coronavirus Cases Overwhelms Testing Labs Across The U.S.

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

The surge in coronavirus cases has led to a sharp demand for testing, making labs fall further behind. That, in turn, is hampering efforts to identify and isolate people who are spreading the disease.


The Pandemic Is Pushing Scientists To Rethink How They Read Research Papers

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Faced with a glut of pandemic research from around the world, scientists are confronting their biases and learning to engage with science conducted at institutions they're unfamiliar with.


Pooling Coronavirus Tests Can Spare Scarce Supplies, But There's A Catch

Monday, July 06, 2020

Instead of running a coronavirus test on every specimen, a lab combines multiple samples. If the batch is negative, then everyone is in the clear. A positive leads to a second round of testing.


White House Coronavirus Task Force Meets Again Amid Dramatic Coronavirus Case Surge

Saturday, June 27, 2020

The White House held a coronavirus task force briefing for reporters, the first since late April. Case numbers are surging in states such as Texas and Arizona.


The White House Coronavirus Task Force Gives Its 1st Public Briefing In Months

Friday, June 26, 2020

The White House coronavirus task force gave its first public briefing in months on Friday after daily COVID-19 case numbers have reached record levels.


CDC Says Real Coronavirus Cases Number Might Be Much Higher Than The Official One

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledges that the real number of the coronavirus cases might be 10 times the official count and says pregnant women have added risks.


Top Federal Health Officials Testify In The House On The U.S. Coronavirus Response

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top federal health officials have testified Tuesday in the House. The committee is probing the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic.


What Zebra Mussels Can Tell Us About Errors In Coronavirus Tests

Monday, June 15, 2020

The standard test for infection with the coronavirus looks for a genetic fingerprint. Laboratory errors, including contamination, can lead to false results, a problem seen with environmental testing.


What Mussels Can Teach Us About False Positive COVID-19 Tests

Sunday, June 14, 2020

A wildlife biologist got involved in coronavirus research by raising important questions about the accuracy of the test used to diagnose COVID-19.


South Korean Study Shows No Evidence Recovered COVID-19 Patients Can Infect Others

Friday, May 22, 2020

A study of patients who initially tested negative for the virus, but weeks later tested positive again, has found they do not appear to pass the disease to personal contacts such as family members.


Coronavirus Update: Unemployment Numbers Keep Growing Across The U.S.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Even as the nation's economy slowly reopens after shutdown, reports of millions more unemployed keep rolling in. NPR's economics and science correspondents discuss the latest coronavirus news.


A Double-Barreled Approach To Antibody Testing Could Improve Accuracy

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Antibody tests can identify people who have been previously exposed to the coronavirus. But false positive results are a concern. Performing two different tests could reduce errors.


Coronavirus Update: CDC Publishes A Report About The Coronavirus Outbreak In Arkansas

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

NPR's economics and science correspondents discuss the latest in the nation's response to the coronavirus pandemic.


Coronavirus Update: Vaccine Developer Reports Early Results

Monday, May 18, 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the U.S. is still on the rise, but there are glimmers of hope. A vaccine developer has reported some encouraging, though early results.