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The COVID-19 Pandemic – News and Features

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Adjuvanted HIV Vaccine Induces Broad Antibody Responses in Primates

A new strategy for vaccinating against HIV, using adjuvants, has shown promise in a pre-clinical research study.
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Myocarditis After COVID-19 Vaccine Rare in Young Males

A new study from Israel found that the risk of developing myocarditis among males ages 16 to 19 years was about 1 in 15,000 after third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, and the cases were rare and mild, according to new research published in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation.
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Researchers Capture Live Footage of a Virus Infecting a Cell

In a first, scientists have captured on video all the steps a virus follows as it enters and infects a living cell in real time and in three dimensions.
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Coronavirus Transmission Affected by Virus Shape

Coronavirus particles have been shown to exist in a range of squashed and elongated ellipsoidal shapes and the way they rotate in fluid affect how the virus is transmitted.
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Adjuvant Derived From Marine Sponges Boosts Effect of COVID-19 Vaccine

In a new study, researchers report a substance that boosted the immune response to an experimental COVID-19 shot in mice by 25 times, compared to injection with the vaccine alone.
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Therapeutic Viruses Prime the Immune System To Fight Cancer

Researchers describe how oncolytic virotherapy, a technique using cancer-fighting viruses, can act together with existing immunotherapies, boosting the ability to target and destroy cancer cells.
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The Creation of Certain Antibodies Requires “DNA Theft”

To combat pathogens, the immune system needs an enormous number of different antibodies. A group has now described a “stealing” mechanism that contributes to antibody diversity.
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No Link Between COVID-19 Vaccination During Pregnancy and Higher Risk of Preterm Birth or Stillbirth

According to a study, vaccination against COVID-19 during pregnancy is not associated with a higher risk of preterm birth, small for gestational age at birth or stillbirth.
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Moderna Is Suing Pfizer Over mRNA Technology Patents

Moderna, a biotechnology company pioneering messenger RNA (mRNA) therapeutics and vaccines, is filing patent infringement lawsuits against Pfizer and BioNTech in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the Regional Court of Düsseldorf in Germany.
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Waste PPE Can Make Concrete Stronger

Engineers have developed a method to use disposable personal protective equipment to make concrete stronger, providing an innovative way to significantly reduce pandemic-generated waste.
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