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EXPLAINER: The US investigation into COVID-19 origins

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WASHINGTON — Once dismissed by most public health experts and government officials, the hypothesis that COVID-19 leaked accidentally from a Chinese lab is now...

Turkish president vows to save sea from ‘sea snot’ outbreak

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ISTANBUL — Turkey’s president promised Saturday to rescue the Marmara Sea from an outbreak of “sea snot” that is alarming marine biologists and environmentalists. ...

Shrinking giants: North Atlantic right whales getting tinier

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One of the giants of the deep is shrinking before our eyes, a new study says. ...

Vaccine protection may diminish need for yearly boosters

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Scientists have found clues that the world’s leading COVID-19 vaccines offer lasting protection that could diminish the need for frequent booster shots, but they...

UK hits vaccine milestone, warns of ‘deadly’ misinformation

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LONDON — Three-quarters of Britain's adult population has received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, the government said Wednesday, as it warned...

Hundreds of lakes in U.S., Europe are losing oxygen

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Oxygen levels have dropped in hundreds of lakes in the United States and Europe over the last four decades, a new study found. ...

Newer methods may boost gene therapy’s use for more diseases

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Jordan Janz knew his gamble on an experimental gene therapy for his rare disease might be paying off when he returned to work and...

UK authorizes use of J&J vaccine as virus cases edge up

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LONDON — Regulators on Friday authorized another coronavirus vaccine for use in the U.K. amid concerns about rising COVID-19 cases as a variant of...

Senate confirms geneticist Lander as Biden science adviser

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WASHINGTON — The Senate has confirmed geneticist Eric Lander to be President Joe Biden's chief science adviser, one of the last unfilled Cabinet posts...

Biden orders more intel investigation of COVID-19 origin

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden ordered U.S. intelligence officials to “redouble” their efforts to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, including any possibility...