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07/15 News Flash 1: Lessons for COVID-19 immunity from other coronavirus infections

07/15 News Flash 1: Lessons for COVID-19 immunity from other coronavirus infections

Image courtesy of NASA. Despite dozens of COVID-19 vaccine candidates entering clinical trials, vaccine research is only as trustworthy as the availability of information about the virus itself. While the basic structure of SARS-CoV-2 has been resolved, there is still

07/08 News Flash 4: Inactive vaccine candidate developed

07/08 News Flash 4: Inactive vaccine candidate developed

Artwork by Jenny Tan. In the race to develop a coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) vaccine, researchers developed PiCoVacca, a purified inactivated SARS-CoV-2 virus vaccine candidate. To perform these tests, the research team first inactivated the harmful properties from 11 SARS-CoV-2 strains.  The

07/08 News Flash 3: The disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on prisons

07/08 News Flash 3: The disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on prisons

Image courtesy of Flickr. A new study published by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and UCLA Law analysed data from federal prisons and proved that the coronavirus case and death rates for federal and state prisons were much higher than

07/08 News Flash 2: Young people should fear COVID-19, too

07/08 News Flash 2: Young people should fear COVID-19, too

Artwork by Ellie Gabriel. If you’re young, you might think you’re safe from the more life-threatening effects of COVID-19. But two recent studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine document a new, life-threatening COVID-related complication that impacts young

07/08 News Flash 1: Repurposing existing anticancer drugs to combat SARS-COV-2

07/08 News Flash 1: Repurposing existing anticancer drugs to combat SARS-COV-2

Image courtesy of Flickr. As no treatment has been shown to effectively combat the SARS-COV-2 virus yet, looking towards existing drugs may hasten this identification process. A cohort of researchers suggest repurposing anticancer drugs— COVID-19 and cancer both share pathophysiological

06/15 News Flash 5: Researchers find age-dependent effects of Covid-19

06/15 News Flash 5: Researchers find age-dependent effects of Covid-19

Image courtesy of Needpix. Researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have confirmed the existence of an “age gradient” in both infection rate and severity of symptoms of the novel coronavirus.  The scientists created models to imitate

06/15 News Flash 4: A single-cell atlas of the peripheral immune response in patients with severe COVID-19

06/15 News Flash 4: A single-cell atlas of the peripheral immune response in patients with severe COVID-19

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. In a study published in Nature Medicine, scientists at Stanford used single cell RNA sequencing to study changes in RNA expression levels in blood cells in control and COVID-19 patients. The immune system is made

06/15 News Flash 3: Pulmonary post-mortem findings in a series of COVID-19 cases from northern Italy: a two-centre descriptive study

06/15 News Flash 3: Pulmonary post-mortem findings in a series of COVID-19 cases from northern Italy: a two-centre descriptive study

Image courtesy of Pikist. Researchers based in Northern Italy recently took towards analyzing pathological features of infected lung tissue samples of thirty-eight deceased patients to better understand the pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of COVID-19. The team of scientists observed that

06/15 News Flash 2: The Effect of Large-Scale Anti-Contagion Policies on the COVID-19 Pandemic

06/15 News Flash 2: The Effect of Large-Scale Anti-Contagion Policies on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Global efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus have affected all of our lives. In many ways, the world has stopped in an attempt to stop COVID––a strategy deemed controversial at times due to

06/15 News Flash 1: Some genes and blood types may put you at risk for COVID-19

06/15 News Flash 1: Some genes and blood types may put you at risk for COVID-19

Art by Sophia Zhao. Can scientists predict how severely you’ll respond to COVID-19? A large coalition of researchers from Spain and Italy, studying DNA of patients from their countries’ epicenters, might have found a key clue in our genes and