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Fungi make up a small but important part of gut microbiomes. Mogana Das Murtey and Patchamuthu Ramasamy via Wikimedia Commons

Fungal microbiome: Whether mice get fatter or thinner depends on the fungi that live in their gut

Fungi are a small but important part of the gut microbiome. A new study in mice shows that how much weight mice gain on a processed food diet depends on this fungal microbiome.
Statins lower cholesterol if taken daily – but may also have other effects on the body. StockLite/Shutterstock

Could we use statins to treat COVID-19?

Initial studies suggest these drugs, widely taken to lower cholesterol, may also reduce the severity of COVID-19.
Emergency medical technicians bring a patient into Wyckoff Hospital in the Borough of Brooklyn on April 6, 2020 in New York. Bryna R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images.

Doctors can’t treat COVID-19 effectively without recognizing the social justice aspects of health

While African Americans account for about 14% of the US population, they have accounted for about 60% of deaths from the virus. Several physicians offer an idea they think could help.
Kobra Cina (Naja atra) with hood spread. Briston/Wikimedia

Bagaimana coronavirus Wuhan bisa saja berasal dari ular

Virus korona jenis baru yang berhubungan dengan SARS dan MERS sudah tersebar dari Cina ke Amaerka Serikat. Analisa genetik menemikan bahwa patogem berbahaya ini bisa jadi berasal dari ular.
Chinese cobra (Naja atra) with hood spread. Briston/Wikimedia

Snakes could be the original source of the new coronavirus outbreak in China

A new coronavirus related to SARS and MERS has now traveled from China to the United States. A genetic analysis reveals that this deadly pathogen may have originated in snakes.


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