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The COVID-19 Pandemic – News and Features

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No Increased Risk of Preterm Birth Following COVID-19 Vaccine

A new study adds evidence supporting the safety of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy, finding that vaccination is not associated with an increased risk of preterm birth.
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Avian Influenza Viruses Are Adapting to Mammals in New Ways

Highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza viruses are becoming increasingly flexible and are adapting to mammals in new ways that could have global consequences for humans, wildlife and livestock.
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Protein Complexes Work Together To Coordinate Attacks Against Immune System Invaders

Researchers have uncovered a molecular mechanism that helps the immune system coordinate its response to pathogens and regulate inflammation.
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Novel Vaccine Approach Induces Improved Protective Immunity Against COVID-19

A scientific team has engineered a COVID-19 vaccine that induced – in pre-clinical models – very long-lasting, protective immunity against SARS-CoV-2 virus with a single-shot immunisation.
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Investigational Antiviral Progressing Toward Preparing for Future Pandemics

Obeldesivir (GS-5245), a novel investigational small molecule oral antiviral, represents a new tool in the ongoing effort to prepare for future pandemics.

How the COVID-19 Virus Enters a Host Cell Influences the Outcome of Infection

How exactly do Sars-Cov-2 particles enter host cells? An international team investigated this question. The researchers were able to show how the protein TMPRSS2 acts as a helper to bring the virus into the cell via the receptor ACE2.
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Industry Insight

Collaborative AI Partnership Hopes To Shape the Future of Drug Discovery

Sanofi, Formation Bio and OpenAI are collaborating to build AI-powered software to accelerate drug development. The three teams will combine data, software and tuned models to develop custom, purpose-built solutions for drug discovery.
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COVID-19 Can Cause New Health Problems Three Years After Infection

New findings reveal that COVID-19 patients who were hospitalized within the first 30 days after infection face a 29% higher risk of death in the third year post-infection compared with people who have not had the virus.

Promising Monoclonal Antibody Brings Researchers a Step Closer to a Universal COVID-19 Antibody “Cocktail”

A consortium of scientists have developed a promising new human monoclonal antibody that appears a step closer to a universal antibody cocktail that works against all strains of SARS-CoV-2.
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Mathematical Method Compares 3D Structure of Proteins

The foundations have been laid for a mathematical method that allows the computer-assisted comparison of 3D protein structures.