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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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Eco-nutrition Label for Labware Could Make Science a Greener Place To Be
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In science, being green can be challenging but one not-for-profit organization are trying to do something to fix that. Hear about the ACT label initiative, an eco-labeling system like food nutritional label,for laboratory products enabling scientists to understand the environmental impact of a product and its packaging and make informed choices.

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Talking Viral Mutations, Genome Sequencing and Antigenic Drift With Dr Timothy Triche
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Technology Networks interviewed Dr Timothy Triche to gain his perspectives on how analysis of unique strains can help to define the scope and severity of COVID-19, why this is a complex process and the possible negative implications of antigenic drift.

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Antimicrobial Resistance
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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the ability of microorganisms to resist the killing capacity of antimicrobial drugs, a worryingly increasing problem. This article explores the science behind AMR, factors promoting it's spread and techniques to detect it. Looking to the future, ways to combat AMR and alternatives to antimicrobials are discussed.

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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. In this article, you'll find a curation of our latest COVID-19 vaccine-related content.

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Why Are COVID-19 Scientists So Interested in What We Flush Away? Could Wastewater Predict a Second Wave of SARS-CoV-2 Infections?
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As some of the stricter COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are being eased, some have already experienced a second wave of cases. But might there be a way to predict new epicenters of infection and nip them in the bud before they are able to establish themselves and spread further? Some scientists think so, and the answer lies beneath our feet – wastewater.

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Innate vs Adaptive Immunity
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Organisms must constantly protect themselves from harm caused by pathogens like viruses and bacteria. The immune system delivers this protection via numerous pathways. The immune response is broken down into innate immunity, which an organism is born with, and adaptive immunity, which an organism acquires following disease exposure. In this article, we explore both of these areas of the immune system.

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Active vs Passive Immunity: Differences and Definition
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Immunity is defined as the body’s ability to protect itself from an infectious disease. When you are immune to a disease, your immune system can fight off infection from it. In this article, we compare and contrast two types of acquired immunity: active and passive immunity.

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A Long Day's Night: Working on the Frontline of Structural Biology in COVID-19 Times
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After the initial outbreak of COVID-19 and the sequencing of the virus' genome, Garry Buchko and colleagues quickly assembled to prioritize structural genomics efforts to focus on deciphering important protein structures from SARS-CoV-2. In this interview, we learn about Bucko's research focus and how his team are working to decipher to the structure of SARS-Cov-2's proteins.

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Genetic Study Suggests Pangolins May Possess an Evolutionary Advantage Against Coronaviruses
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In most mammals, there are certain genes that can be likened to an "alarm system", informing an organism when foreign material such as a virus enters the body and triggering an immune response. A new study published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology suggests that pangolins, despite being mammals, lack two of the genes involved in such an alarm system.

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