Matt Reynolds
Matt Reynolds
Matt Reynolds is the science editor at WIRED UK, covering the environment, health, space and everything else about how scientific innovations are changing the world. Before he joined WIRED he was a technology reporter at New Scientist magazine.Source
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How does the trial Oxford coronavirus vaccine work?

How does the trial Oxford coronavirus vaccine work?

Early results from the Oxford team developing a coronavirus vaccine show their approach is safe and provokes an immune response, but it doesn't mean the vaccine works The coronavirus pandemic has not exactly yielded much in the way of good news. But now a trial into an experimental Covid-19 vaccine is giving us one reason to be hopeful. Results from a team at the University of Oxford show that its vaccine – co-developed with the pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca – is safe in humans and provokes an immune response. While this is a long way from being a fully working vaccine, it’s a...

July 21, 2020
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The juicy, painstaking quest to make tomatoes taste less awful

The juicy, painstaking quest to make tomatoes taste less awful

Half a century of intensive farming has left us with perfectly plump, red and tasteless tomatoes. But now plant biologists are taking us back to the tastier days of yore. For a brief moment in the 1990s, the UK dared to dream of a better tomato. In February 1996 the shelves of Sainsbury and Safeway were crammed with newly-launched cans of tomato paste made from a fruit that, thanks to a tweak to its genome, was more flavourful and cheaper to process. On the can, a yellow label proudly proclaimed the paste’s genetically modified origins. The paste – the first genetically modified food sold...

January 18, 2020
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