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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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COVID-19 Interview: Disease Modeling Phylogenetics

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In this interview, Dr Emma Hodcroft, a Molecular Epidemiologist from the University of Basel, explains how disease modeling works and the impact that limitations have had on our reactions to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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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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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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Clinically Recovered Doesn't Mean No Longer Infectious With COVID-19

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Researchers found that half of the patients they treated for mild COVID-19 infection still had coronavirus for up to eight days after symptoms disappeared.

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Sustainable Horseshoe Crab Aquaculture Could Benefit Human Diagnostics
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Study finds that Limulus Amebocyte Lysate from healthy and well-fed horseshoe crabs in aquaculture is of a higher quality, enabling its use in quick and affordable assays on human blood.

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App Concept Could Track Coronavirus Without Needing to Know Your Location
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A team of medical researchers and bioethicists at Oxford University has published results today in Science that furthers our understanding of coronavirus transmission. The researcher could assist the development of mobile apps for instant contact tracing in record time.

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Novel Metabolism Discovered in Bacteria
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Microbiologists at Goethe University Frankfurt have discovered how the bacterium Acetobacterium woodii uses hydrogen in a kind of cycle to conserve energy.

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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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What Led to Reagent Shortages for Coronavirus Testing in the US?
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Testing the right person is a crucial aspect in any pandemic. Apart from saving lives, widespread testing can provide important data required to model the course of the outbreak. Reagents are a critical component of testing. Unfortunately, many US labs have struggled to procure the reagents needed to perform large batches of coronavirus diagnostic testing.

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A Point-of-Care CRISPR-based COVID-19 Diagnostic Is on the Horizon
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The lab of Dr Changchun Liu at the University of Connecticut Health Center has recently developed a simple, low-cost, CRISPR-based method which can detect infectious diseases such as COVID-19. Technology Networks spoke to Dr Liu to learn more about the method and the next steps to be taken before a point-of-care diagnostic test using it could become widely available.

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COVID-19: Screening Antiviral Drugs Using SARS-CoV-2 Infection Models
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Researchers from Queen’s University Belfast will screen approximately 1,000 drugs, which have already received regulatory approval for other indications, to ascertain if they can reduce virus infection or replication and virus-induced inflammatory responses in airway epithelial cell models and to determine if they can therefore be repurposed to treat COVID-19 patients.

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