Volume 601 Issue 7892



The Omicron variant has laid bare the need to live with a disease that throws up an ever-changing set of challenges.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-022-00057-y


The focus on a narrow set of metrics leads to a lack of diversity in the types of leader and institution that win funding.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-022-00056-z



Theranos case highlights the importance of peer review for biotech entrepreneurs, scientists say.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-022-00006-9


Scientists worry that pools of unvaccinated people could be a source of new variants, such as Omicron.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-03830-7


Deaths caused by university lab blasts have some scientists in China concerned about a lack of oversight and standardized safety protocols, especially in teaching labs.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-03589-x


Mounting evidence from animal studies suggests that Omicron does not multiply readily in lung tissue, which can be badly damaged in people infected with other variants.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-022-00007-8


A re-run of a 100-year-old, US-led bird survey will inform future conservation efforts — but be helmed by local researchers.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-03527-x

News Features


doi: 10.1038/d41586-022-00027-4


doi: 10.1038/d41586-022-00028-3

News & Views


Excessive rainfall can cause catastrophic socio-economic losses to a community or nation. An analysis of changes in gross regional product identifies ways in which extreme precipitation affects global economic productivity.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-03783-x


Proteins spanning the membranes of cells of the intestine and kidney use sodium-ion gradients to take up glucose, enabling water absorption, too. The structures of these transporter proteins have now been observed in detail.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-03555-7


A microorganism that dwells in an underground oil reservoir has been found to degrade various petroleum compounds and use them to produce methane through a previously unreported biochemical pathway.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-03729-3


The curious electrical resistance that gives strange metals their name has been seen in a failed superconductor, in which disorder interferes with the material’s ability to achieve zero resistance below a critical temperature.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-03831-6


Beads made from ostrich eggshells, produced by people over the past 50,000 years, provide evidence for a long period of social connection between eastern and southern Africa, followed by isolation and then reconnection.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-03681-2