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By Baris Ozdinc A recent article in Smithsonian Magazine highlights the impact of sunken shipwrecks on the local marine ecosystem, including microbial communities. Shipwrecks bring alien nutrients to the seafloor and, in some cases, contaminate it with chemicals. Sunken shipwrecks could leak oil, benzol or benzene for years, carry heavy metals such as lead and...

Tracking SARS-CoV-2 variants is important for disease monitoring and assessing the evolution of the virus. Additionally, variant monitoring is also important for accurate detection of SARS-CoV-2 lineages, which helps with predicting the prognosis of disease and making treatment decisions. Until recently, assigning epidemiological SARS-CoV-2 lineages has been challenging due to the small number of sequenced...

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, new and various SARS-CoV-2 variants have emerged, affecting morbidity, mortality and effectiveness of the initial COVID-19 vaccines. Despite the effectiveness of vaccines, cases have increased due to a combination of pandemic fatigue and  a sense of security in a growing number of vaccinated people. This puts unvaccinated health care workers...