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The COVID-19 Pandemic – News and Features

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Parkinson’s Drug Slows ALS Progression in Small Clinical Trial

Results from a small clinical trial show that the Parkinson’s disease drug ropinirole delayed the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) by an average of 27.9 weeks.
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Medication Vial Changes Color When It Gets Too Warm

A brightly colored microcrystal that loses its color over time depending on temperature could be used to identify whether a vial of medicine has gotten too warm.
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Why Did Climate Warming Increase When Emissions Were Reduced During the Pandemic?

The Covid pandemic shutdowns in South Asia greatly reduced the concentration of short-lived cooling particles in the air, while the concentration of long-lived greenhouse gases was barely affected.
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Technologies Helping To Drive Digital Transformation and Laboratory Efficiencies

In this article, we highlight some of the key technologies fueling digital transformation and explore the impacts they are having on laboratory efficiencies.

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Advances in Protein Engineering

In this article, we look at two of the hottest areas in protein engineering for therapeutic applications and how machine learning and artificial intelligence is set to transform the field.
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Long-COVID Scoring System To Advance Diagnosis

Researchers have developed a scoring system based on patient-reported symptoms that can identify individuals with long COVID.
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Druggable Protein’s Role in Obesity and Diabetes Defined

Researchers have identified a novel signaling molecule that could lead to the development of novel therapeutics for the prevention and treatment of obesity and diabetes.
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Large Study Uncovers Details About Long COVID Symptoms

NIH-funded research effort identifies most common symptoms, potential subgroups, and initial symptom-based scoring system – with aim of improving future diagnostics and treatment.
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Personalized mRNA Vaccine Could Be Used To Treat Pancreatic Cancer

An research team have been developing a personalized mRNA cancer-treatment vaccine approach. It is designed to help immune cells recognize specific neoantigens on patients’ pancreatic cancer cells.
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CRISPR-Cas Could Reduce the Spread of Antimicrobial Resistance

A new tool which could help reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance is showing early promise, through exploiting a bacterial immune system as a gene editing tool.