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Trump taps Tennessee national lab expert for science board

Apr. 23, 2020 2:50 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated an expert with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee for a seat on the National Science Board. The University of Tennessee at Knoxville announced Wednesday that the nominee is Suresh Babu, the University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National...

Taiwan McCall, left, useless a nasal swab to test James Reese for COVID-19 in the Harlem section of New York, Monday, April 20, 2020. While many laboratories and companies are now offering tests, there are still only two main types available. The nasal swab test tells you if you have an active viral infection right now. A separate blood test tells you if you were previously exposed to the virus and fought off the infection. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

2 types of testing look for COVID-19 infections new and old

Apr. 21, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Testing is critical to controlling the coronavirus and eventually easing restrictions that have halted daily life for most Americans. But there's been confusion about what kinds of tests are available and what they actually measure. There are still just two main types in the U.S. One...