UCL in the media
President Donald Trump’s attempts to push officials to ‘find’ additional votes to sway the election result in Georgia are an impeachable offence and must “result in formal consequences," argues Dr Brain Klaas (UCL School of European Languages, Culture & Society).
Vector trace cells are a “likely candidate” for how our brain stores distance and direction data, a finding which could help with dementia research in the future, finds research co-authored by Dr Thomas Wills (UCL Biosciences).
The number of people in hospital with Covid-19 is rising, with intensive care wards approaching a similar level of crisis to that reached during the peak of the first wave, warns Professor Hugh Montgomery (UCL Medicine).
Vaccines are the most important tool in overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic, but more research is needed into how long the immunising effects of the existing vaccines lasts, among other things, says Professor Dame Anne Johnson (UCL Institute for Global Health).
A new variant of Covid-19 is clearly at least partially responsible for the rise in cases of the virus, but there is still “a lot of work to be done,” before we know exactly how infectious it is, says Professor Deenan Pillay (UCL Infection & Immunity).
Lower levels of compliance with Covid-19 lockdown restrictions have no single cause, but a misunderstanding overly complex rules and feeling that minor violations are less harmful than they are have both contributed, explains Dr Daisy Fancourt (UCL Epidemiology & Health).
Most mutations have little impact on viruses, but occasionally a mutation will positively affect the ability of a virus to survive and reproduce, as in the new faster spreading strain of Covid-19, explains Dr Lucy Van Dorp (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment).
A programme looking back over the course of Covid-19’s discovery and spread includes an interview with Dr Jennifer Rohn (UCL Medicine) from the start of the pandemic, in which she explains the virus’ similarity to seasonal flu.