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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many drugs have been tested to improve patient outcomes or reduce transmission. One of these drugs has generated hopes and tensions around the globe: hydroxychloroquine. We studied its effect against the virus responsible for the coronavirus pandemic under robust experimental conditions, on the most appropriate animal model we have: macaques.
Bee aware! Signs of a global decline in wild bee diversityOct 14, 2021 | 3.5 min read by Eduardo E. Zattara
Diversity matters – Syphilis and related diseases in historical EuropeOct 12, 2021 | 3 min read by Verena J. Schuenemann , Kerttu Majander
Apes and monkeys understand syntax-like structuresOct 6, 2021 | 3.5 min read by Stuart K. Watson
When the girdle of social timing relaxes: Effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on human sleepJul 9, 2020 in Psychology | 3.5 min read by Christine Blume , Marlene H. Schmidt
High performance silks deployed by web building wolf spiders
Wolf spiders that build webs produce silks that perform differently than those that do not build webs, supporting hypotheses that web building and silk performance co-evolved in spiders.Nov 12, 2018 | 4 min read
Fighting back antibiotic resistance: a new hope from the soil
Antibiotic resistance represents a critical threat for our health and disease treatment. New discoveries are crucial to develop further medicaments against future superbugs.Feb 24, 2016 | 4 min read
What were the ice age ‘stilt-legged’ horses of North America?
Were these extinct animals related to horses, donkeys, or zebras, or were they something else entirely? Using ancient DNA, we have finally solved this mystery.Nov 2, 2018 | 3.5 min read
How do plants breathe?
Breathing air in and out is something that we, as humans, perform in every moment of our lives. Plants do likewise thanks to tiny mouths called stomata.Nov 22, 2017 | 4 min read