As scientists turn their attention to COVID-19, other research is not getting done – and that can have lasting consequences

A molecular biologist at the University Clinical Research Center in Mali works in a COVID-19 testing lab. Photo by Annie Risemberg/AFP via Getty Images For many researchers, the choice to spend decades working in a lab or in the field comes from a desire to help – to expand understanding of how life works or to improve human health. So when COVID-19 emerged, many scientists dropped what they were doing and switched their focus to SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the pandemic. Suddenly, the ranks of scientists who had been studying coronaviruses were flooded with newcomers seeking to contr…

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