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06/08 News Flash 6: Dual defense against COVID-19 virus binding to its receptor

06/08 News Flash 6: Dual defense against COVID-19 virus binding to its receptor

Image courtesy of Flickr. (title of study: A noncompeting pair of human neutralizing antibodies block COVID-19 virus binding to its receptor ACE2) The COVID-19 virus’s weapon of choice to hijack host cells are the spikes on its surface, which can

06/08 News Flash 5: Why male sex might be a risk factor for COVID-19 death

06/08 News Flash 5: Why male sex might be a risk factor for COVID-19 death

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Male patients account for 60% of COVID-19 deaths globally, and studies have shown that they are two times more likely to die from the virus than female patients. A team of Yale researchers, studying samples

06/08 News Flash 4: Alpacas, Antibodies, and Antivirals

06/08 News Flash 4: Alpacas, Antibodies, and Antivirals

Art by Anmei Little. Although alpacas are known for their soft, warm fleece, they may soon be known for their antibodies. The alpaca antibody Ty1 has antiviral potential for COVID-19, according to researchers at Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden. As

06/08 News Flash 3: The Neurobiology of Social Distance

06/08 News Flash 3: The Neurobiology of Social Distance

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. “Social distancing” is a deceiving misnomer. While research has shown that it is important to keep physical distance to curb the spread of the coronavirus, there has never been a time when remaining socially connected

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

06/08 News Flash 1: University of São Paulo developing COVID-19 vaccine in the form of a nasal spray

06/08 News Flash 1: University of São Paulo developing COVID-19 vaccine in the form of a nasal spray

Image courtesy of Flickr. A new COVID-19 vaccine is being produced in the form of a nasal spray by researchers at the University of São Paulo, in Brazil. Initial tests for this new form of immunization using mice infected with