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“Typically, a virus needs multiple mutations to be transmissible to humans,” says Hector Aguilar-Carreno, a virologist in the College of Veterinary Medicine who studies viral immunology. “It will depend on the virus. In some cases, you might need one or two mutations. But some might need 20 or more to undergo the necessary steps to be transmissible or to replicate in the host.” 

“The very pettiness of the attack against Bernie Sanders, and the comments made about workers, make the company look like it is very worried. It doesn't mean that Amazon is going to lose, but it does make it look like they’re worried they’re going to lose,” says Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of Labor Education Research. 

“There’s a real China envy,” says Thomas J. Campanella, associate professor of city and regional planning. “The Chinese seem to be able to do this stuff we used to do.” 

“Once the military is involved in politics, it’s hard to get them out if they don’t want to get out,” says Tom Pepinsky, professor of government.  

“Even though globally agriculture is more productive, that greater productivity on average doesn’t translate into more climate resilience,” says Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, author of the paper and associate professor at Dyson.

Karen Levy, assistant professor in information science, writes this opinion piece about Tinder’s announcement that it will help users run background checks on potential dates. Levy argues it could create more problems than it solves. 

Thomas Gilovich, professor of psychology, and William Schulze, professor of applied economics and management, write this opinion piece about why people seem to have become more cautious. 

Dean Alexander Colvin provides comments on how the end of the counting of votes is not “the end of the story” and notes that if Amazon files a lawsuit, the resolution of the vote could be delayed by a year or more. 

Sunita Sah, associate professor of management and organizations, says, “Assess your own risk level and comfort so you’re very clear about what you would and would not like to do.”

Mildred Warner, professor of city and regional planning, says, “This study shows the importance of a national standard for access to water, especially for low-income households. The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed so many structural inequities in our society, and access to drinking water is one that demands our attention.” 

Michael Lynn, professor of consumer behavior and marketing, discusses tipping in the U.S.

“At the end of the day, Facebook’s response to disinformation is always going to be driven by how to increase their user engagement and advertising revenue,” says Alexandra Cirone, assistant professor of government.