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Battle Over Messenger RNA Technology

The use of messenger RNA (mRNA)-based vaccines to prevent infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus marks a revolution in vaccine production. Compared to traditional approaches, mRNA vaccines can be made quickly and easily. But this is just part…

Memoirs From Pull and Be Damned Road

When is a saving a tooth with advanced periodontal or endodontic involvement worth the time and effort? This question was brought to mind when an old friend returned a textbook that he borrowed in 1974. It was written in 1965 by John I.…

Metagenomic Sequencing Goes Global

A recent article in The New York Times Magazine highlights technology that may allow scientists to identify pathogens not previously associated with disease. The device, called IDseq, can also be used for early detection of pathogens…

Calculus’ Role in Periodontal Inflammation

Until the 1960s, calculus was considered a primary etiologic factor in periodontal disease. The writings of Waerhaug and others emphasized the complete removal of supragingival and subgingival deposits as an important tenant of treatment.

The Power of Genetic Surveillance

Within a few months of isolating the original COVID-19 virus, several successful vaccines had been developed that were granted emergency use authorization for distribution in the United States.

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