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08/10 News Flash 6: A New Method of SARS-CoV-2 antibody testing

08/10 News Flash 6: A New Method of SARS-CoV-2 antibody testing

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. With the pandemic showing no signs of slowing down, testing for the virus has become increasingly important. To that end, researchers at the University of Cape Town in South Africa are developing a testing method using

08/03 News Flash 4: Coronavirus Pandemic and Mental Health

08/03 News Flash 4: Coronavirus Pandemic and Mental Health

Image courtesy of Needpix. As isolation and social distancing measures remain in place, mental health issues are of growing concern. A paper published in the Lancet Journal of Psychiatry studied mental health in the adult UK population before and after

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 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

Bad Bacteria: How Researchers are Tackling the Devastating Bd Pathogen

Bad Bacteria: How Researchers are Tackling the Devastating Bd Pathogen

Image courtesy of Wikipedia Globalized trade has spread diseases to all corners of the world, causing various disruptions to ecosystems. One pathogen in particular, called Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), is thought to be one of the deadliest wildlife fungi. Discovered in