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08/17 News Flash 3: Pandemic-related disruptions to HIV programmes in sub-Saharan Africa are a cause for concern

08/17 News Flash 3: Pandemic-related disruptions to HIV programmes in sub-Saharan Africa are a cause for concern

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. While the world focuses on the coronavirus, the need for physical distancing has made access to treatment for other conditions more difficult in some regions. When it comes to HIV, a chronic disease that is

08/17 News Flash 2: Spike Proteins Lead to Covid-19 Vaccine Development

08/17 News Flash 2: Spike Proteins Lead to Covid-19 Vaccine Development

Image courtesy of Flickr. Meet Spike.  Spike is a protein found on the surface of the coronavirus that, in the past few months, has gained attention from Covid-19 immunologists as the primary target for vaccines.  This is because Spike is

08/17 News Flash 1: Encouraging results from the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine candidate

08/17 News Flash 1: Encouraging results from the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine candidate

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Results from a Phase 1/2 study of COVID-19 RNA vaccine candidate, BNT162b1, support its safety and immunogenicity. The observer-blinded study involved 45 healthy adults aged 18 to 55 years, randomized to receive either 10 μg,

08/10 News Flash 7: Sense of Smell and Coronavirus

08/10 News Flash 7: Sense of Smell and Coronavirus

Image courtesy of Flickr. With a wide range of symptoms and varying degrees of severity, COVID-19 can be epidemiologically difficult to track. The fact that potentially infected individuals with mild or no symptoms are often not tested can lead to

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

08/10 News Flash 5: A Safe Semester: Can Testing Help Control COVID on College Campuses?

08/10 News Flash 5: A Safe Semester: Can Testing Help Control COVID on College Campuses?

Art by Siena Cizdziel. With the fall semester just around the corner, universities have been scrambling to institute guidelines to prevent potential COVID-19 outbreaks. A recent study conducted by the Yale School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School detailed

08/10 News Flash 4: An efficient saliva diagnostic test is in the works

08/10 News Flash 4: An efficient saliva diagnostic test is in the works

Art by Ryan Bose-Roy. Recently submitted for FDA Emergency Use Authorization, SalivaDirect is a promising diagnostic test for SARS-Cov-2 that allows for non-invasive sampling and inexpensive processing. Data published on the preprint server medRxiv by researchers at Yale School of

08/10 News Flash 3: Can old drugs be repurposed into COVID-19 treatments?

08/10 News Flash 3: Can old drugs be repurposed into COVID-19 treatments?

Image courtesy of Pikist. In the mad dash for COVID-19 antiviral treatments, one shortcut might help researchers avoid the typically long and expensive process of bringing new, safe drugs to market: using older, FDA-approved drugs.  In a study published in

08/10 News Flash 2: Coronavirus RNA proofreading: molecular basis and therapeutic targeting

08/10 News Flash 2: Coronavirus RNA proofreading: molecular basis and therapeutic targeting

Image courtesy of Needpix. COVID-19 has exposed the absence of effective antiviral treatment for human coronaviruses. The principal mechanism of infiltration for these RNA viruses involves introducing RNA into the host, which is eventually transcribed into DNA. Once transcription has

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