As you read this, millions of people around the world are making antibodies against SARS-CoV-2. None of those people were born with a gene for those specific antibodies. Yet in just a couple of weeks following exposure to the virus–or now, one of its proteins via a vaccine–their immune systems can make antibodies that bind tightly and very specifically to the outside of the coronavirus, inhibiting its ability to infect their cells.
Today is a day for fresh starts in the United States.
When all is said and done, I expect that 2021 will end with more good news and less news overall about coronaviruses than 2020 had. In the short term, we are going to have more epidemiology and virology to talk about. The topic most interesting to me is the new B.1.1.7 variant of SARS-CoV-2 (also […]
Let’s talk about Joseph Graves, Jr., the first African American to earn a PhD in evolutionary biology.
But why do human babies look like that in the first place? Partly it has to do with the constraints of development and childbirth. But it may also have something to do with the domestication of humans.