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08/03 News Flash 5: Can a bean protein block SARS-CoV-2 infection?

08/03 News Flash 5: Can a bean protein block SARS-CoV-2 infection?

Image courtesy of Max Pixel. As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens in many countries, scientists are continuing to look for new methods of treating the respiratory illness. In a study published in Cell Reports, researchers at the Academia Sinica, in Taipei,

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

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 6: COVID-19 in the Brain

07/15 News Flash 6: COVID-19 in the Brain

Image courtesy of Flickr. What if the coronavirus could infiltrate the brain––the organ that makes you who you are, stores all of your memories and holds the power to control your entire body? As terrifying as that may sound, recent

07/15 News Flash 5: Strategies Against SARS-CoV-2 by Studying Immune Response

07/15 News Flash 5: Strategies Against SARS-CoV-2 by Studying Immune Response

Image courtesy of Flickr. While scientists have tirelessly worked to understand SARS-CoV-2’s mechanism of infection and pathogenesis, much is still unknown. To design an effective treatment or vaccine, researchers must both understand the mechanism by which a pathogen invades a

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

07/15 News Flash 2: Exploring the SARS-CoV-2 virus-host-drug interactome for drug repurposing

07/15 News Flash 2: Exploring the SARS-CoV-2 virus-host-drug interactome for drug repurposing

Image courtesy of Pxfuel. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich have developed CoVex, an interactive online platform dedicated to compiling information on SARS-CoV-2 with the purpose of drug repurposing. To complement the  development of new drugs, CoVex enables researchers