The mRNA breakthrough

The two approved coronavirus vaccines use messenger ribonucleic acid to produce antibodies to fight COVID-19. The new approach—decades in the making—also could transform the battle against cancer and other diseases.

New leader of MCC named

DeAnna Burt-Nanna will be the sixth president and first person of color to lead the college.

United Way’s $20 million opportunity

Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott’s “transformational grant” will allow the United Way to fully explore innovative methods to support the nonprofit sector, President and CEO Jaime Saunders says.

The year of the pandemic

In a Rochester Beacon year-end survey, readers reflect on the impact of COVID-19 and voice cautious optimism about what lies ahead.