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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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Organoids: Exploring Liver Cancer Initiation and the Possibilities of Personalized Glioblastoma Treatment

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In this article, we explore the various types of organoids under development and shine a spotlight on some of the different approaches to organoids in cancer research.

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Mutated Form of SARS-CoV-2 Is Dominant, But Doesn't Make Patients Sicker, Study Says
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In a collaborative research study, scientists show that a mutated version of SARS-CoV-2 has become the predominant form across the globe. Whilst the variant competes with the original strain, clinical data suggests that it does not make individuals sicker.

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Oropharyngeal Secretions May Help To Reduce False Negative COVID-19 Test Results
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A new study published in the Journal of Dental Research demonstrates that testing of oropharyngeal secretions may reduce the number of false negative results from nasal swab testing of COVID-19 patients.

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Blood Tests Can Help To Predict the Risk of Liver Cirrhosis
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Repeated measurements of the biomarker FIB-4 in the blood every few years can predict the risk of developing severe liver disease, according to a new study from Karolinska Institutet.

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Clinical-grade Wearables Offer Continuous Monitoring for COVID-19
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Researchers have introduced a novel wearable device and set of data algorithms specifically tailored to catch early signs and symptoms and monitor the progression of COVID-19.

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Microbiome-based Diagnostic Tool Can Detect Liver Fibrosis and Cirrhosis in Stool Samples
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A collaborative team of Salk Institute and UC San Diego scientists have created a novel microbiome-based diagnostic tool that, with the accuracy of the best physicians, quickly and inexpensively identifies liver fibrosis and cirrhosis over 90 percent of the time in human patients.

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Expanding Our Understanding of How DNA Is Organized
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Scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research have uncovered new information about vital structures inside cells which are responsible for organizing our DNA.

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Antibody vs Antigen Testing for COVID-19
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Testing has become a vital part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the gold standard PCR tests used to detect currently infected individuals, a number of alternative antigen and antibody tests are also in development. In this article, we take a look at the differences between these tests and what they can tell us.

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SARS-CoV-2 Is Re-emerging Following the Relaxation of Lockdown Restrictions
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In many countries, after weeks or months of tight COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, governments and officials have been gradually relaxing the rules. However, cases are now cropping up in areas declared "coronavirus free".

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Teach Me in 10
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At Technology Networks we understand that time is of the essence. That's why we've launched Teach Me in 10 a video series that challenges scientists to present and summarize their research area, a scientific concept, or technology in ten minutes or less.

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A Global Mass Spectrometry Coalition To Combat COVID-19
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A global coalition involving over 500 scientists, known as the COVID-19 MS Coalition, was announced earlier this week. The coalition aims to share mass spectrometry data on COVID-19 for the purpose of novel biomarker discovery and understanding the infection more deeply at a molecular level. Technology Networks spoke with Perdita Barran to find out more.

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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 similar to food nutritional labeling, 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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