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Omicron Resistant to Most Monoclonal Antibodies but Neutralized by a Booster Dose

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The Omicron variant was detected for the first time in South Africa in November 2021 and has since spread to many countries. It is expected to become the dominant variant within a few weeks or months. Initial epidemiological studies show that the Omicron variant is more transmissible than the currently dominant virus (the Delta variant). It is capable of spreading to individuals who have received two vaccine doses and to previously infected individuals.

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Double Dose: Pregnant, Vaccinated Women Pass on COVID Antibodies to Breastfeeding Babies

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AMHERST, Mass. — It is already recommended that pregnant women get vaccinated for COVID-19. Now, new research from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst reports vaccinated new moms transfer SARS-CoV-2 antibodies to their breastfed infants. These findings strongly suggest that those breastfed babies are supplied with passive immunity against the coronavirus. To reach these findings the research…

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Lack of Gravity Can Lead to Social, Emotional Impairment for Astronauts

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PHILADELPHIA — A trip to Mars could take a toll on astronauts’ minds, as living in zero gravity causes them to think other crew members look angry, new research suggests. Weightlessness leaves them more likely to interpret facial expressions as angry rather than happy or neutral. The phenomenon could endanger missions to the Red Planet,…

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Judge Denies Request by Man Accused of Killing Toronto Cop to Have Pub Ban Lifted

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A judge has denied a request to partially lift a publication ban in the case of a man accused of killing a Toronto police officer.

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