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At the moment there is no clear scientific answer. Researchers are hunting for genetic clues to help identify people at risk from more severe cases of COVID-19

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US scientists have uncovered why the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that originated in horseshoe bats acquired the ability to start infecting humans and not just the winged mammals themselves.

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Although children are far less likely to fall severely ill with COVID-19 than people over 60, cases of a mysterious inflammatory condition have been identified by doctors who suspect that it’s linked to SARS-CoV-2 infection.

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We have yet more evidence how parents – in this case, expectant mothers – can affect the long-term health of their children if they stick to a low-quality diet.

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Researchers have been achieving promising results by using cryotherapy to kill breast cancer cells by freezing tumours with super-cold nitrogen.

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Scientists have identified a bacterial strain that can be used against prostate cancer. This is a new example of how bacteria’s anti-tumour properties can be enlisted in designing new cancer therapies.

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Researchers have linked the damaging inflammation observed after a heart attack to an incorrect immune response. Targeting the cells that are involved can help people recover faster.

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Scientists have managed to manipulate the signals that trigger rheumatoid arthritis, raising the hope of a future therapy without unpleasant side-effects.

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