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Allure: How Living in Space Will Change the Way We Age
In 2019, scientists published research that showed that astronaut Scott Kelly’s telomeres, the caps of DNA that protect our chromosomes and shorten as we age on Earth, actually grew longer while he was on a 340-day space mission compared to his grounded twin, Arizona State Senator Mark Kelly.
Science Magazine: This wildlife vet tracks deadly microbes in the African jungle. Now, he’s on the trail of COVID-19
The discovery has highlighted how little is known about Mycobacterium leprae, the bacterium that causes leprosy, says immunologist John Spencer of Colorado State University, Fort Collins. The chimp find suggests leprosy “has other niches that it has adapted to,” Spencer says.
High Country News: Why Utah’s wild mink COVID-19 case matters
Anna Fagre: “It’s always concerning when you find a pathogen in wildlife that can make both the animals and people sick. It becomes a risk for wildlife conservation and public health.”