April 8, 2021

Weekend reads: This high schooler made infection-detecting sutures. Her secret? Beets.

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    Russia claims to approve first coronavirus vaccine for animals, a cookbook for Covid-19 long-haulers, and more.

    Ben Palmer's reads

    The cookbook for Covid-19 long-haulers. To help the many Covid-19 patients who've lost their sense of taste and smell, Ryan Riley and Kimberly Duke, two British chefs, have spent months working on a free, downloadable cookbook, "Taste & Flavor," to help people suffering from a smell and taste loss enjoy food. Writing for the Washington Post, Sydney Page details how Riley and Duke developed the recipes in the cookbook—and why the two decided to start putting the cookbook together in the first place.

    Could wearing a mask help your seasonal allergies? While many Americans are looking forward to ditching their masks as soon as it's safe to do so, some may want to think twice before throwing it away entirely. Writing for the New York Times, Dani Blum explores the research some scientists are conducting into how wearing a mask could help the 19.2 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies.

    José Vasquez's reads

    Russia claims to be the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine for animals. Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision said it's the first regulator in the world to approve a coronavirus vaccine for animals, Andrew Kramer writes for the New York Times. The agency said it developed the vaccine called Karnivak-Kov to help revive mink farming after outbreaks hurt the business in 2020, prevent the virus's spread from animals to humans—and keep the virus from mutating into a more harmful version among animals and then spreading among people, Kramer reports. According to Kramer, Konstantin Savenkov, the agency's deputy director, in a statement said, "We did this work for the future. We should be prepared to prevent a situation rather than deal with it later if it takes a negative turn."

    A high schooler uses beets to make infection-detecting sutures more accessible. When 17-year-old Dasia Taylor learned about high-tech sutures designed to detect infections and sync to smartphones, she immediately thought about equity—wondering how people unable to afford the new technology would be able to know whether their wounds had become infected, Paulina Firozi writes for the Washington Post. In a lab, she discovered a way to make infection-detecting sutures more accessible by applying beet extract on sutures, which caused the sutures to change from light to dark purple when pH levels went from healthy to infected, Taylor told Firozi. As a result of her discovery, Taylor earlier this year was named one of 40 finalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search for 2021.

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