06/08 News Flash 6: Dual defense against COVID-19 virus binding to its receptor

06/08 News Flash 6: Dual defense against COVID-19 virus binding to its receptor

Image courtesy of Flickr. (title of study: A noncompeting pair of human neutralizing antibodies block COVID-19 virus binding to its receptor ACE2) The COVID-19 virus’s weapon of choice to hijack host cells are the spikes on its surface, which can

06/08 News Flash 5: Why male sex might be a risk factor for COVID-19 death

06/08 News Flash 5: Why male sex might be a risk factor for COVID-19 death

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Male patients account for 60% of COVID-19 deaths globally, and studies have shown that they are two times more likely to die from the virus than female patients. A team of Yale researchers, studying samples

06/08 News Flash 4: Alpacas, Antibodies, and Antivirals

06/08 News Flash 4: Alpacas, Antibodies, and Antivirals

Art by Anmei Little. Although alpacas are known for their soft, warm fleece, they may soon be known for their antibodies. The alpaca antibody Ty1 has antiviral potential for COVID-19, according to researchers at Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden. As

06/08 News Flash 3: The Neurobiology of Social Distance

06/08 News Flash 3: The Neurobiology of Social Distance

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. “Social distancing” is a deceiving misnomer. While research has shown that it is important to keep physical distance to curb the spread of the coronavirus, there has never been a time when remaining socially connected

06/08 News Flash 2: Remdesivir, an antiviral, shows some benefit against COVID-19 in rhesus macaques

06/08 News Flash 2: Remdesivir, an antiviral, shows some benefit against COVID-19 in rhesus macaques

Image courtesy of Pixabay. Joining the race to discover an effective COVID-19 treatment, researchers are now looking towards investigating remdesivir, a broad-spectrum antiviral medication.  In particular, a cohort of scientists tested remdesivir in a rhesus macaque (primate) model to determine

06/08 News Flash 1: University of São Paulo developing COVID-19 vaccine in the form of a nasal spray

06/08 News Flash 1: University of São Paulo developing COVID-19 vaccine in the form of a nasal spray

Image courtesy of Flickr. A new COVID-19 vaccine is being produced in the form of a nasal spray by researchers at the University of São Paulo, in Brazil. Initial tests for this new form of immunization using mice infected with

Tracking Drugs: A More Efficient Method to Quantify Drug Circulation

Tracking Drugs: A More Efficient Method to Quantify Drug Circulation

Art by Ellie Gabriel. Searching through Nanoparticle Libraries In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, clinical trials for potential drugs and treatments have never seemed more paramount. Scientists must carefully evaluate a drug’s interactions within the body and observe possible

Drivers Predicting the Future: Using Driver Mutations to Estimate Tumor Growth Patterns

Drivers Predicting the Future: Using Driver Mutations to Estimate Tumor Growth Patterns

Image courtesy of Pixabay. Ever since that split-second in which your parents’ gametes fused to generate your life, the cells that make up who you are have not stopped dividing, even right now. As they replicate, it is likely that

The Role of Death in Plant Life: How does soil organic matter help crop growth?

The Role of Death in Plant Life: How does soil organic matter help crop growth?

Art by Anasthasia Shilov. Death, SOM, and Soil Death often stays in the soil. Over time, organisms and residues in varying states of decomposition form a vital component of the soil: soil organic matter (SOM). SOM has always been thought

Building Better Qubits: The Promise of two-Cooper-Pair Tunneling

Building Better Qubits: The Promise of two-Cooper-Pair Tunneling

Art by Ellie Gabriel. Every day, hundreds of Yale students take classes in Davies Auditorium and work in the Center for Engineering, Innovation, and Design. Likely only several will know that just a few stories above them—on the 4th floor