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Virology Lectures 2020 #1: What Is a Virus?

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In this first lecture of this 2020 Columbia University virology course, we define viruses, discuss their discovery and fundamental properties, including whether or not they are alive, and explain why they are the most awesome biological entities on Earth.

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Can Soap REALLY "Kill" the Coronavirus?

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Constantly being told to wash your hands? Us too. So we’re diving into the chemistry behind why soap is so effective against viruses like the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

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New Immune Cell on the Block During Viral Lung Infections

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Scientists have identified a novel group of immune cells in the lungs that are associated with the control of inflammation during viral infections, like influenza or possibly coronavirus. This discovery may help to advance the development of therapeutics to treat inflammation-related lung conditions such as bronchitis, influenza and potentially even COVID-19.

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The Rationale Behind Social Distancing and Hand Washing

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In the time of COVID-19, the Internet is aflush with expert advice about social distancing. At the same time, raw emotion has driven many to massive trips to the grocery store. In addition to toilet paper, alcohol-based hand sanitizer is the favorite on everybody’s panic-shopping list. The sale of hand sanitizers has gone up almost 500%, in contrast to soap, which has gone up a paltry 70%. So why do experts advise social distancing, and are hand sanitizers the answer to all our problems?

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Fighting COVID-19 With the Help of High-performance Computing
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OCF is assisting its customers to get involved in “Folding@home” in the fight against COVID-19.

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Skin Patch Vaccine Shows Promise in Neutralizing SARS-CoV-2
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University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine scientists announced a potential vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus causing the COVID-19 pandemic. When tested in mice, the vaccine, delivered through a fingertip-sized patch, produces antibodies specific to SARS-CoV-2 at quantities thought to be sufficient for neutralizing the virus.

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Trial Drug Blocks Early Stages of COVID-19 in Engineered Human Tissues
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An international team led by University of British Columbia researcher Dr Josef Penninger has discovered a drug candidate that can effectively block the "cellular door" SARS-CoV-2 uses to infect its hosts.

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Stopping TB in Its Tracks
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Researchers have solved the detailed structure of the transport protein responsible for the iron supply in the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB). This could open up novel ways to develop targeted TB drugs.

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Fish Have Diverse Gut Microbiomes
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Several important grazing fish on Caribbean coral reefs each harbor a distinct gut microbiome, revealing a new perspective on reef ecology.

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Physiological and Behavioral Measures Useful in Assessing Animal Stress Levels
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Two new studies suggest that both physiological and behavioral approaches can be used to reliably assess the wellbeing of semi-captive Asian elephants.

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The Coronavirus Outbreak

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On December 31, 2019, the first cases of a novel coronavirus were identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Here, we curate a collection of news and content related to the outbreak.

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Pandemic Lockdown Gives Preview of Attainable Air Quality
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Satellite data reveals how rapidly and markedly the harmful compounds polluting our atmosphere drop off when humanity grinds to a halt. The ongoing pandemic lockdown highlights just how much our industrialized areas contribute to air pollution problems, but what lessons can be learnt?

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Keep Up to Date With COVID-19 Vaccine Development
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Technology Networks is committed to keeping you updated with the latest research in this space. Below, you'll find a curation of our latest COVID-19 vaccine-related content.

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Understanding Preprints in Scientific Publication
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An increasing number of online platforms are enabling scientists to share their research before it has undergone peer-review. In this article, we explore the concept of preprints.

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