As the advisory committee to the NIH director met virtually June 9-10, NIH acting director Dr. Lawrence Tabak said two things keep him awake at night: NIH resources concentrated in fewer and fewer institutions and misinformation in and about science. Those topics joined a 2-day agenda packed with pressing concerns.
Cochlear implants are good at helping those with hearing loss perceive speech, but the devices are not so good at conveying the complexity of pitches found in music, said Dr. Charles Limb. In a recent lecture, he explored why implant users often have trouble enjoying music.
The virus that causes Covid-19, SARS-CoV-2, is capable of replicating in multiple tissues across the body, said Dr. Daniel Chertow during a recent Covid-19 scientific interest group lecture. “SARS-CoV-2 is widely disseminated across the human body and brain early in infection,” he said.
Hundreds of NIH'ers descended on the Bldg. 1 lawn on June 16 for the 14th NIH Take a Hike Day. Runners and walkers were excited to see, or meet for the first time, colleagues they hadn’t seen in person since the pandemic began.
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Chitin exoskeleton of a female Rocky Mountain wood tick (Dermacentor andersoni) collected on Goat Mountain in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana. These ticks are vectors for many diseases including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Colorado tick fever, and tuleremia, and can produce a salivary neurotoxin that causes tick paralysis.
Photo: Adam Nock, Jacqueline Leung, Elizabeth Fischer & Ted Hackstadt (Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID)