News Summary October 21, 2020
Today's Top Story: How an Ill-Fated Fishing Voyage Helped Us Understand COVID-19
American Dynasty, a commercial trawler, departed Seattle one day in May to fish for hake off the Washington coast. Before leaving, its 122 crew members were screened for the coronavirus using the highly accurate polymerase chain reaction (P.C.R.) method, and all the results came back negative. But because those tests are “good but not perfect,” in the words of Jesse Bloom, a professor at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute in Seattle, they missed at least one case: Somehow SARS-CoV-2 found its way on board...
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