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UK government advisers call for ‘proactive regulation’ around genomics
Report highlights ethical and practical issues surrounding the rapid advancement of the field

Ian Sample Science editor

26, Jan, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Pfizer launches Omicron vaccine trial; UK reports highest daily deaths since February – as it happened
Company hopes vaccine will be ready for approval by March; UK reports 439 deaths and more than nearly 95,000 cases

Samantha Lock (now); Georgina Quach and Martin Belam (earlier)

26, Jan, 2022 @1:03 AM

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Long Covid: doctors find ‘antibody signature’ for patients most at risk
Low levels of certain antibodies found to be more common in those who go on to develop long Covid

Ian Sample Science editor

25, Jan, 2022 @4:00 PM

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74,799 more cases reported in UK; Russia breaks daily infection record – as it happened
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Helen Livingstone (now), Charlie Moloney and Harry Taylor (Earlier)

24, Jan, 2022 @12:16 AM

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Long Covid: nearly 2m days lost in NHS staff absences in England
MPs urge support for workers after data shows extent of ongoing illness in first 18 months of pandemic

Ian Sample Science editor

24, Jan, 2022 @12:01 AM

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Unvaccinated NHS staff in England urged to have Covid jab before deadline
Dominic Raab calls for workers to come forward amid calls for cut off for mandatory shots to be extended

Ian Sample Science editor

23, Jan, 2022 @6:52 PM

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Half of first-wave Covid cases may have lasting harm to sense of smell
Early findings in Swedish study show range of chronic olfactory problems in people infected in 2020

Ian Sample Science editor

23, Jan, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Czech Republic scraps mandatory jabs as daily cases hit new high; record cases in Bulgaria – as it happened
Czech government scraps decree to avoid ‘deepening fissures’ in country; Bulgaria reports highest daily tally of pandemic with 11,181 infections

Samantha Lock (now); Jem Bartholomew, Lucy Campbelland Martin Belam (earlier)

20, Jan, 2022 @1:13 AM

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Removal of Covid rules in UK risks premature signal of victory
Analysis: Many scientists expect ‘exit wave’ of infections if behavioural guards drop too fast

Ian Sample and Sally Weale

19, Jan, 2022 @7:46 PM

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UK Covid: end to England’s plan B measures next week ‘a milestone, not a finish line’, says Sajid Javid – as it happened
Health secretary confirms face mask mandate and working from home guidance will end in England

Lucy Campbell, Nicola Slawson and Rachel Hall

19, Jan, 2022 @6:43 PM

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‘Nocebo effect’: two-thirds of Covid jab reactions not caused by vaccine, study suggests
US researchers show negative version of placebo effect behind many symptoms such as headaches and fatigue

Ian Sample Science editor

18, Jan, 2022 @4:00 PM

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‘Virtual reality is genuine reality’ so embrace it, says philosopher
In his book Reality+ David Chalmers says the material world may lose its allure as VR technology advances

Ian Sample Science editor

17, Jan, 2022 @4:00 PM

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