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How Bacterial Biofilms' Make Curious Crinkles
News   Mar 25, 2020

Belying their slimy natures, the sticky patches of bacteria called biofilms often form intricate, starburst-like patterns as they grow. Now, researchers have unraveled the physical processes underlying these curious crinkles.

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Exceptional Fossils Give Window Into Mammalian Evolution
News   Mar 25, 2020

In an old coalfield in Germany, paleontologists have uncovered a unique window into the evolution of mammals 47 million years ago.

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Lung Cells Killed by Bacterial Protein Fragments
News   Mar 25, 2020

A bacterial protein fragment instigates lung tissue death in the respiratory disease pulmonary fibrosis, according to a new study.

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Co-contaminants May Increase Dangers in Drinking Water
News   Mar 25, 2020

Contaminants that occur together naturally in groundwater under certain geological conditions may heighten health risks for millions whose drinking water comes from private wells, and current safety regulations don't address the problem.

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Crumpled Graphene Makes Ultra-sensitive Cancer DNA Detector
News   Mar 25, 2020

Ultra-sensitive crumpled graphene biosensors could usher in an era of liquid biopsy, detecting DNA cancer markers circulating in a patient's blood or serum.

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Impact of Physical Distancing on Reducing COVID-19 Spread Modeled
News   Mar 25, 2020

A new modelling study conducted in a simulated Singapore setting has estimated that a combined approach of physical distancing interventions, comprising quarantine (for infected individuals and their families), school closure, and workplace distancing, is most effective at reducing the number of SARS-CoV-2 cases compared with other intervention scenarios included in the study.

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Old Human Cells Rejuvenated With Stem Cell Technology
News   Mar 25, 2020

Old human cells can return to a more youthful state after being induced to briefly express a panel of proteins involved in embryonic development, according to a new study.

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$12 M Awarded for New COVID-19 Vaccine Manufacturing Efforts
News   Mar 25, 2020

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the University of Saskatchewan's Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization – International Vaccine Centre VIDO-InterVac will receive $12 million to help address Canada’s shortage of vaccine manufacturing capacity.

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Clinical Trial To Assess Antiviral Drug for COVID-19 Launched
News   Mar 25, 2020

Participant recruitment has begun for a Phase II clinical trial to investigate the safety and efficacy of treating adult patients with COVID-19 with remdesivir.

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Mapping Out Data Requirements for Phase 1 COVID-19 Vaccine Trials
News   Mar 24, 2020

During the first global regulatory workshop, delegates from 17 countries, representing more than 20 medicines regulatory authorities globally, and experts from the WHO and the European Commission discussed regulatory considerations related to the development of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidates and preclinical data required to support proceeding to first-in-human (FIH) clinical trials.

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