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08/10 News Flash 1: How our immune system reacts to the coronavirus

08/10 News Flash 1: How our immune system reacts to the coronavirus

Image courtesy of Max Pixel. Scientists realized a few months ago that the body’s immune response to SARS-CoV-2 can be complex and unusual. Now, researchers at the University of Hong Kong have figured out how the virus seems to affect

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

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

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

Micro Molecule, Huge Impact: How microRNAs Inhibit Asthmatic Reactions

Micro Molecule, Huge Impact: How microRNAs Inhibit Asthmatic Reactions

Image courtesy of Bruce Blaus. Despite its name, microRNA helps the body on a macro scale. The small molecule, only about 22 nucleotides long, plays an important role in the regulation of gene expression by binding to mRNA at certain points in its

War on Anxiety: Veterans’ Genomes Used to Discover Anxiety Genes

War on Anxiety: Veterans’ Genomes Used to Discover Anxiety Genes

Image courtesy of Libertas Academica. Ever felt anxious before a test or important presentation? Maybe it’s genetic. Researchers at the Yale School of Medicine and UC San Diego partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs to study the genetic underpinnings

How do Plants Tell Time?

How do Plants Tell Time?

Circadian rhythms are biological clocks that regulate all organisms’ day-night cycles. Professor Josh Gendron and his team recently shed light on how Arabiposis plants regulate their circadian clocks according to sunlight exposure. Although it was known that when Zeitlupe (ZTL)—photoreceptor