What Is Gain-of-Function Research and Why Is It Risky?


Last time, we talked about the vindication of the lab leak theory, as a growing number of investigative articles have pointed to a lab accident as the cause of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now,we turn to the role risky gain-of-function research may have played in the affair. To understand why some in the U.S. government and … Read more

Lab Leak Theory Vindicated: What That Means for Fighting COVID-19


Vanity Fair adds to the growing number of investigative articles pointing to a lab accident as the cause of the COVID-19 pandemic. This article looks at the U.S. government’s role in downplaying that lab leak theory. Behind closed doors, however, national security and public health experts and officials across a range of departments in the … Read more

Pastor seeks revival of suit challenging virus restrictions


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — About 100 supporters of a Louisiana minister gathered outside a federal appeals court in New Orleans on Monday to show support as his lawyers asked to revive a lawsuit he filed last year challenging the state’s coronavirus restrictions. Tony Spell repeatedly flouted the public health restrictions at his Life Tabernacle Church … Read more

New research indicates religion protected mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak but also undermined efforts to save lives


Religion may have helped prevent Americans from experiencing mental distress during the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak but, according to new research, it also appears to be linked to undercutting efforts to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. The study has recently been published in The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. … Read more

Religion appears to influence motivations to volunteer during the COVID-19 pandemic


Both religious and non-religious medical students volunteered to help battle the COVID-19 pandemic in Poland, according to new research published in the Journal of Religion and Health. But the study found that altruistic motivations were more common among religious students, while egoistic motivations were more common among the non-religious. “Our research was a part of … Read more