• A Setback for a Covid-19 Vaccine, Microplastics in the Human Placenta, and More | Weekly Roundup

    A Setback for a Covid-19 Vaccine, Microplastics in the Human Placenta, and More | Weekly Roundup0

    1. Discouraging news from Sanofi After a series of promising news regarding covid-19 vaccines, one setback appears. Sanofi and its British development partner, GSK, announced that their candidate vaccine will be delayed until late 2021. In a press release issued today, the French pharmaceutical company justifies their decision with the insufficient immune response observed in

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  • CTVT: the Cancer ‘Parasite’ that Sailed With Dogs

    CTVT: the Cancer ‘Parasite’ that Sailed With Dogs0

    Title: Somatic evolution and global expansion of an ancient transmissible cancer lineage Published: August 2, 2019Journal: ScienceAuthors: Adrian Baez-Ortega (University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK) and colleaguesDOI: 10.1126/science.aau9923 Take-home messages The canine transmissible venereal tumour (CTVT) is a sexually-transmitted cancer The cancer lineage first arose from its founder dog 4000 to 8500 years ago, likely in Asia CTVT underwent a

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  • When And Where Did Dogs Become Man’s Best Friend?

    When And Where Did Dogs Become Man’s Best Friend?0

    It may have happened in Europe over 19,000 years ago. Dogs come in all shapes, sizes and colours. From the Chihuahua to the St Bernard, the variation is so large that Darwin and others once believed they descended from various wild animals, including the fox and the jackal. However, genetic studies have since revealed that

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