Clinical trials for SARS-CoV2 vaccine (Abstract Science, March 15 - 21)
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Clinical trials for SARS-CoV2 vaccine (Abstract Science, March 15 - 21)

Also: the benefits of crop diversification and COVID-19 testing 

First Person Injected With Trial Coronavirus Vaccine In Seattle 

(Victoria Forster, Forbes, 3/17/20) 

In a collaboration between pharma companies and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the first human trials of a coronavirus vaccine have begun in Seattle. The vaccine was made possible by the genome sequencing of the virus that was done in China over two months ago and released publiclyUnlike most other vaccines, this version does not contain the virus, but instead contains the protein “spike” that allows the virus to enter host cells. The idea is that if the immune system is taught to fight the spike, the virus will fail to infect a host. 

Stanford researchers uncover benefits of diversified farms for protecting wildlife and buffering against climate change 

(Sarah Cafasso, Stanford Natural Capital Project, 3/18/20) 

According to Stanford researchers, crop diversification is better for the environment, better for wildlife, and more adaptable to climate change than standard single-crop farming. Farms studied in Costa Rica were found to be more resilient if they planted multiple crops - which also allowed native species to thrive. The tropics are especially vulnerable to climate change. 

Governments Must Ramp Up COVID-19 Testing, Says WHO 

(Catherine Offord, The Scientist, 03/18/20) 

The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging countries to ramp up COVID-19 testing in order to accurately assess the effectiveness of quarantine and social distancing measures. Without data, they say, there will be no evidence to support these life-saving measures. South Korea is given as a stellar example of the value of widespread testing.