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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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Parachutes to PPE: Providing Safety Equipment During COVID-19
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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.

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Every Test Counts – Volunteer Network Aims To Help Increase COVID-19 Testing
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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.

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Up Close and Personal With SARS-CoV-2's Replication Machinery
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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.

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Could Poor Air Quality Be the Key to COVID-19 Hotspots?
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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?

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Post-it Note PhD
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The #PostItNotePhD challenge asked scientists to summarize their PhD on a single post-it note. Here are a selection of Technology Networks' favorites.

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Testing for COVID-19
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Testing has been referred to as the "backbone" of the COVID-19 response. But what can testing tell us and what types of testing methods are there?

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Exploring the Coronavirus Pandemic: How the Host and Virus Interact
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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.

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How Can Cannabis Labs Help With Covid-19 Testing? A Q&A With Ben Orsburn
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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.

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Is Research Quality Being Compromised During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
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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.

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