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A new COVID-19 challenge: Mutations rise along with cases

The story quoted tweets from Dr. Trevor Bedford, in which he noted that “The fact that we’ve observed three variants of concern emerge since September suggests that there are likely more to come.”

Associated Press
January 19, 2021

Are new coronavirus variants already in Washington state? With limited surveillance it’s hard to know

Drs. Pavitra Roychoudhury, Jesse Bloom and Trevor Bedford commented on efforts to track SARS-CoV-2 variants.

The Seattle Times
January 15, 2021

C.D.C. Warns the New Virus Variant Could Fuel Huge Spikes in Covid-19 Cases

Dr. Trevor Bedford estimated that with a more transmissible variant, “It makes the same situations that generate spread now — people living in the same household, these sorts of non-ventilated indoor contacts — to be more likely to spread.”

The New York Times
January 15, 2021

Why You Should Still Wear A Mask And Avoid Crowds After Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine

Dr. Larry Corey discussed why COVID vaccine Phase 3 trials focused on finding out if the vaccines reduced severe disease and didn’t measure transmission.

January 12, 2021

New stem cell study provides clues for treatments that could eliminate HIV in infected patients

Dr. Fabian Cardozo-Ojeda described the collaboration that went into utilizing models to potentially cure HIV through stem cell transplants.

January 12, 2021

Cancer Death Rate in U.S. Falls by Largest Yearly Amount on Record

Dr. Thomas Lynch described the gratification of improving lung cancer death rates in the US.  

The Wall Street Journal
January 12, 2021

COVID-19 measures also suppress flu—for now

Dr. Trevor Bedford explained that the lack of flu virus genomes will make it difficult to select strains for next season’s flu vaccine.

Science Magazine
January 12, 2021

Can You Still Spread Covid-19 After You Get Vaccinated?

Dr. Larry Corey commented on the limited data about whether COVID vaccines prevent transmission.

The Wall Street Journal
January 11, 2021

A Colonoscopy Alternative Comes Home

Dr. Rachel Issaka described how patients should approach at-home colon cancer tests with their doctors.

The New York Times
January 11, 2021

Math Can Help In Deciding How To Distribute The Vaccine

Dr. Laura Matrajt discussed her computer model that showed the benefit of administering one-dose vaccines to end the pandemic.

January 10, 2021

New variants of SARS-Cov2

Allison Greaney of Dr. Jesse Bloom’s lab described their study of 4,000 SARS-CoV-2 mutations.

January 07, 2021

Scientists are monitoring a coronavirus mutation that could affect the strength of vaccines

Dr. Jesse Bloom discussed his latest paper about coronavirus mutations and their implications for vaccine efficacy.

January 07, 2021

CIOs’ Top Priorities For 2021 Include Digital Defense, Data Mining And Distributed Work

Kathy Alexion shared some of her top priorities for 2021 as Fred Hutch’s Chief Information Officer

January 07, 2021

What Happens If U.K. Variant Of The Coronavirus Spreads In The U.S.?

Dr. Trevor Bedford predicted the SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern “to go from initial arrivals in the U.S. in December to starting to kind of dominate the virus population in, say, March.”

January 07, 2021

Fred Hutch seeks volunteers with COVID-19 to join tests of therapies

Research nurse Corrie Moreau described her motivation for being involved with COVID-19 therapy studies.

South Seattle Emerald
January 05, 2021

How it started: A Q&A with Helen Branswell, one year after Covid-19 became a full-time job

Infectious disease reporter Helen Branswell recalled an interview with Dr. Trevor Bedoford about SARS-CoV-2 in early 2020.

January 04, 2021