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08/03 News Flash 3: Neurological complications in patients with COVID-19

08/03 News Flash 3: Neurological complications in patients with COVID-19

Art by Sophia Zhao. As scientists learn about the various effects of the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen on the body, researchers at UPenn and Johns Hopkins might have discovered a  mechanism through which the virus affects brain cells. Using human induced pluripotent

08/03 News Flash 2: Longitudinal analyses reveal immunological misfiring in severe COVID-19

08/03 News Flash 2: Longitudinal analyses reveal immunological misfiring in severe COVID-19

Art by Sophia Zhao. COVID-19 is a fickle foe, exhibiting mild symptoms in some individuals, severe pain and pneumonia in others, or in forty percent of cases, simply no signs at all. Anticipating the degree of disease severity before onset

08/03 News Flash 1: COVID-19 Vaccine Design Using a Machine Learning Model

08/03 News Flash 1: COVID-19 Vaccine Design Using a Machine Learning Model

Image courtesy of Flickr. Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have recently developed a machine learning method called OptiVax to evaluate the effectiveness of potential SARS-CoV-2 peptide vaccines. Such vaccines contain peptides, or short protein segments, that prime the

07/15 News Flash 4: Phase 1 Clinical Trial of Moderna Vaccine Shows Promising Results

07/15 News Flash 4: Phase 1 Clinical Trial of Moderna Vaccine Shows Promising Results

Artwork by Sophia Zhao. The results of the Moderna SARS-CoV-2 vaccine phase 1 clinical trial published last week have sparked new optimism in the race for a COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals that received the mRNA-1273 coronavirus vaccine and booster shot produced

07/15 News Flash 3: How Bats Live Longer and Tolerate Viruses

07/15 News Flash 3: How Bats Live Longer and Tolerate Viruses

Artwork by Sophia Zhao. In addition to their longevity, bats seem to be able to host deadly diseases such as Ebola, rabies and most recently SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.Their unique immune response may be the reason why they can carry such diseases

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 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 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

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

From Cold to Hot Tumors: Combating Cancer with the Flu Vaccine

From Cold to Hot Tumors: Combating Cancer with the Flu Vaccine

Illustration by Sophia Zhao. The ability to harness the body’s immune system to fight cancer has transformed medicine in recent years. A new study from the Zloza research group at the The State University of New Jersey suggests that we