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Posts From Nithy Baskaran

08/17 News Flash 1: Encouraging results from the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine candidate

08/17 News Flash 1: Encouraging results from the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine candidate

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Results from a Phase 1/2 study of COVID-19 RNA vaccine candidate, BNT162b1, support its safety and immunogenicity. The observer-blinded study involved 45 healthy adults aged 18 to 55 years, randomized to receive either 10 μg,

08/10 News Flash 4: An efficient saliva diagnostic test is in the works

08/10 News Flash 4: An efficient saliva diagnostic test is in the works

Art by Ryan Bose-Roy. Recently submitted for FDA Emergency Use Authorization, SalivaDirect is a promising diagnostic test for SARS-Cov-2 that allows for non-invasive sampling and inexpensive processing. Data published on the preprint server medRxiv by researchers at Yale School of

Science in the Spotlight: The Story Collider

Science in the Spotlight: The Story Collider

Image courtesy of Yale News. In a not-so-unusual scene at Benjamin Franklin College, whose dining hall often seats professors from nearby Science Hill, I meet three scientists over lunch. Not once do I see their faces. Instead, their identities unravel

Science in the Spotlight: The Other Side of Mars

Science in the Spotlight: The Other Side of Mars

Image courtesy of Minna Långström Behind me, a path of tracks imprints the trail that I’ve trekked. Ahead, tawny slates and crumbled dunes stretch on. Though I stand alone in the valley of Dingo Gap on Mars, I fear no