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Beware of False Negatives in Diagnostic Testing of COVID-19
News   May 27, 2020

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that the chance of a false negative result — when a virus is not detected in a person who actually is, or recently has been, infected — is greater than 1 in 5 and, at times, far higher.

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Rat Study Suggests "Good Bacteria" Could Relieve Autism-like Symptoms in Pregnancy
News   May 27, 2020

Giving beneficial bacteria to stressed mothers during the equivalent of the third trimester of pregnancy prevents an autism-like disorder in their offspring, according to a new animal study by University of Colorado Boulder researchers.

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New Testing System Predicts Septic Shock Outcomes
News   May 27, 2020

A team of researchers has developed a new, extremely sensitive method that can quantify bacteria, an antibiotic resistant gene, and immune molecule levels within sepsis patients, far more rapidly than current protocols.

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Complex Role of Immune Molecule in Huntington’s Disease
News   May 27, 2020

Abnormally high levels of an immune-system molecule, interleukin-6 (IL-6), prior to Huntington’s disease symptoms suggested it led to disease progression. However, Huntington’s model mice bred to lack IL-6 showed exacerbated symptoms compared to mice that still had it, indicating a complex relationship.

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CRISPR a Tool for Conservation
News   May 27, 2020

A study involving fish that look nearly identical to the endangered Delta smelt finds that CRISPR can be a conservation and resource management tool.

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Trial Investigates Remdesivir–Baricitinib Combo as COVID-19 Treatment
News   May 27, 2020

Following on from remdesivir’s promising results from previous studies, a new trial is now investigating remdesivir in combination with baricitinib or placebo as a treatment for COVID-19, in a double-blind, randomized trial.

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Metal Binding Microbes Could Clean Up Our Environment
News   May 27, 2020

Bacteria, fungi and plants sometimes produce metal-binding substances that could be harnessed, for example for the extraction of raw materials, for their separation, for cleaning soils or for medical purposes.

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Large-scale Study Links Dementia Gene to Increased Risk of COVID-19
News   May 27, 2020

Researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine analysed data from the UK Biobank, and found high risk of severe COVID-19 infection among European ancestry participants who carry two faulty copies of the APOE gene (termed e4e4).

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App Calculates Risk of Postponing Cancer Care During COVID-19 Pandemic
News   May 27, 2020

A team from The University of Michigan has created the "OncCOVID app". This new app draws on global cancer and coronavirus data to create an individualized mortality risk assessment for receiving immediate versus delayed cancer treatment.

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Ocean Virus Steals Energy From Carbon-storing Bacteria
News   May 27, 2020

A new study has uncovered how phages alter the ability of ocean-dwelling bacteria to store carbon and counter the greenhouse gas effect arising from fossil fuel consumption.

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