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.READ MORE
Adventure sports materials provider NOVA has spent decades making safety equipment. But the recent COVID-19 pandemic has seen the Austrian company repurpose their products to fight viruses rather than prevent skydiving accidents.
To learn more about the COVID-19 Volunteer Testing Network, how laboratories can join it, and the difference it could make to the national response to the pandemic, we spoke to James Raftery, one of the network’s volunteers.READ MORE
A preprint study published via the online server bioRxiv outlines the efforts of a team of scientists, led by Patrick Cramer, in determining the 3D structure of the novel coronavirus polymerase. Technology Networks spoke with Cramer to learn more about the study, it's relevance in developing therapeutics against SARS-CoV-2 and to gain his insights on the value of preprints in a pandemic.
There have been many theories tabled with regard to why we are seeing hotspots of disease during the current COVID-19 pandemic. One theory that seems to be persisting is a link between poor air quality and an increased disease severity. But is this a causative link or just a coincidence?READ MORE
In a recent interview with Technology Networks, Professor Ben tenOever explained how he and his team are investigating the way host cells respond to viral infection, specifically SARS-CoV-2, and discusses some of the techniques that have been key in enabling them to understand the way different patients may respond.READ MORE
To learn more about how cannabis labs can aid in COVID-19 testing, Analytical Cannabis recently spoke to Ben Orsburn, PhD, the chief scientific officer at Proteomic and Genomic Sciences.READ MORE
It is an extraordinary time, but it is not an excuse for lowering scientific standards, argue Professor Jonathan Kimmelman, McGill University, and Professor Alex John London, Carnegie Mellon University, in a Policy Forum published in the journal Science . Technology Networks spoke with Kimmelman in a recent interview to gain his insights on research exceptionalism.READ MORE