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Researchers Cultivate Mini Lungs for SARS-CoV-2 Research
News   May 29, 2020

A Bochum-based team intends to use organoids derived from stem cells to study the progression of SARS-CoV-2 infection and to identify antiviral substances.

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Cells Inside Cells: The Bacteria That Live in Cancer Cells
News   May 29, 2020

Cancer cells are comfy havens for bacteria. That conclusion arises from a rigorous study of over 1,000 tumor samples of different human cancers, which found bacteria living inside the cells of all the cancer types – from brain to bone to breast cancer – and even identified unique populations of bacteria residing in each type of cancer.

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Inflammatory Response Triggered by Vaping May Set the Stage for Gum Disease
News   May 29, 2020

Researchers who’ve taken the first look at bacteria in young and healthy vapers’ mouths have said that the potential for future disease lies just below the surface.

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Immune Disease Model Points to Treatment for COVID-19 Cytokine Storms
News   May 28, 2020

Researchers have developed a transgenic mouse to model the deadly childhood immune disease hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, they hope that this model could aid development of a treatment for COVID-related cytokine storms

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Attacking Cancer Cells With Viruses
News   May 28, 2020

Scientists have made an adenovirus that specifically replicates inside and kills cancer cells by employing special RNA-stabilizing elements.

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Antibodies Can Be Made Rapidly in Chicken Cells
News   May 28, 2020

Scientists have developed a system that can generate human antibodies against various antigens faster than existing methods.

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Plastic-degrading Superworms Have Gut Bacteria To Thank
News   May 28, 2020

Resembling giant mealworms, superworms (Zophobas atratus) have a superpower, they can degrade polystyrene plastic. Now, researchers have linked this ability to a strain of bacteria that lives in the larvae’s gut.

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Antimicrobial Surface Could Reduce Spread of Infection in Hospitals and Public Areas
News   May 28, 2020

Researchers have found a way to impart durable antiviral and antibacterial properties to an aluminum alloy used in hospitals.

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Which Drugs Are Being Used To Treat COVID-19?
News   May 27, 2020

With doctors and researchers around the world searching for effective treatments for COVID-19, many drugs approved to treat other diseases are being used in hopes that they’ll be effective against the virus. Researchers have cataloged every use documented in medical literature so far.

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Early Immunological Studies Show Universally Effective Antibodies Against SARS-CoV-2 in Recovered Humans
News   May 27, 2020

The first round of results from an immunological study of 149 people who have recovered from COVID-19 show that although the amount of antibodies they generated varies widely, most individuals had generated at least some that were intrinsically capable of neutralizing the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

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