The secret to why some people get so sick from covid could lie in their genesSome people die from covid-19, and others who are infected don’t even show symptoms. But scientists still don’t know why. Now consumer genomics company 23andMe is going to offer free genetic tests to 10,000 people who’ve been hospitalized with the disease, hoping to turn up genetic factors that could point to an answer. While it’s…12
Testing early, testing late: four countries’ approaches to COVID-19 testing comparedIt is by looking at data on confirmed cases alongside data on testing that we get the best view of how the outbreak has developed in different countries, and how successfully countries have responded to it. In this post, we compare the approach to testing taken over the outbreak in South Korea, Italy, UK and US.15
SARS-CoV-2 Reverse Genetics Reveals a Variable Infection Gradient in the Respiratory TractHou et al. present a reverse genetics system for SARS-CoV-2, which is then used to make reporter viruses to quantify the ability of patient sera and antibodies to neutralize infectious virus and to examine viral tropism along the human respiratory tract.17
How Birkenstock became a cult classicBirkenstock sandals have withstood decades of passing fashion fads. Since the 1960s they have adorned the feet of hippies, models, moms, dads and now Gen Z. Birkenstock's success relates to its selectivity in the market. In 2016 it chose to remove its products from the biggest retailer in the world, Amazon. The brand has even found a place in the world of high fashion but turned down a collaboration with streetwear giant Supreme. Whether it's a counterculture statement or a modern day fashion staple, here's why Birkenstocks never go out of style.
Feben Vemmenby: “I belong here, other Black women belong here, and…The Central Saint Martins graduate with a community-first ethos is on a mission to reclaim Black identity via her surrealistic designs. Think: Whitney lyrics, twisted tailoring and a new tee featuring dolls wearing dresses and “executive realness” suits.1