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  1. a person prepares a syringe with a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine dose
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    What experts know so far about COVID-19 boosters for immunocompromised people

    Some immunocompromised people remain at risk for severe COVID-19 despite being vaccinated. Studies hint that an additional vaccine dose might help.

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  2. hairlike cilia (shown in purple) shown at full length and cut short by coronavirus (shown in yellow)
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    The coronavirus cuts cells’ hairlike cilia, which may help it invade the lungs

    Images show that the coronavirus clears the respiratory tract of hairlike structures called cilia, which keep foreign objects out of the lungs.

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  3. Salmonella bacteria infecting human cells
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    Human cells make a soaplike substance that busts up bacteria

    Nonimmune cells can fight off pathogens by releasing a detergent-like molecule that dissolves bacterial membranes.

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  4. a small child, being held by her mother, is given a vaccine by a nurse in India
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    Millions of kids have missed routine vaccines thanks to COVID-19

    Missed shots due to the pandemic may have cut vaccination rates for measles, diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis to their lowest levels in over a decade.

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  5. Woman with sweat stain
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    ‘The Joy of Sweat’ will help you make peace with perspiration

    Dripping with science and history, a new book by science journalist Sarah Everts seeks to take the stigma off sweat.

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  6. greater horseshoe bats hanging from cave ceiling
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    One mutation may have set the coronavirus up to become a global menace

    A study pinpoints a key mutation that may have put a bat coronavirus on the path to becoming a human pathogen, helping it better infect human cells.

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  7. Epstein-Barr virus
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    50 years ago, scientists found a virus lurking in human cancer cells

    In 1971, scientists were building a case for viruses as a cause of cancer. Fifty years later, cancer-preventing vaccines are now a reality.

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  8. illustration of coronavirus particles in blood
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    How your DNA may affect whether you get COVID-19 or become gravely ill

    A study of 45,000 people links 13 genetic variants to higher COVID-19 risks, including a link between blood type and infection and a newfound tie between FOXP4 and severe disease.

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  9. image of three boxes of vials containing Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine
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    How antibodies may cause rare blood clots after some COVID-19 vaccines

    Vaccine-induced antibodies attach to a specific spot on a protein involved in clot formation, a study suggests.

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