Cell Biology
Getting to the heart of SARS-CoV-2 protease; a main drug target
X-ray crystallography performed at room temperature of the main protease of SARS-CoV-2 may be more physiologically relevant than standard low-temperature x-ray structures, according to a June 24 report in Nature Communications.  Discuss
Computer tools shorten development time for SARS-CoV-2 drugs
Computer-based tools are helping researchers find potentially promising candidates for vaccines and treatments for SARS-CoV-2 -- and much more quickly than traditional approaches. Many of these software tools are described in an article published June 24 in Science Advances.  Discuss
Researchers discuss progress toward personalized cancer vaccines
Highly targeted and adaptable platforms allow researchers to develop cancer vaccines for a multitude of different cancer types and even create personalized vaccines for individual cancer patients. Researchers from BioNTech and the Wistar Institute shared exciting developments in cancer vaccines in a methods workshop during the American Association for Cancer Research 2020 virtual annual meeting II.  Discuss
Childhood vaccines may help protect against COVID-19 mortality
Could live vaccines for viruses such as measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) also provide protection against COVID-19? That intriguing prospect is the subject of a recently published commentary in mBio.  Discuss
Some viruses may steal host genes to form beneficial hybrid proteins
Certain types of RNA viruses may be capable of using host RNA to expand their own genetic repertoire, according to a new study published in Cell on June 18. This mechanism may enable viruses to overcome the limitations of small genomes and more effectively infect host cells.  Discuss
Cloaked nanoparticles may be a powerful therapy against coronaviruses
Nanoparticles cloaked with human cell membranes can attract and neutralize SARS-CoV-2, according to a new publication in Nano Letters on June 17. The process of binding to the virus hijacks its ability to replicate, making it a viable medical countermeasure against the virus.  Discuss
Optofluidics aids cell line development for antibody-based therapies
Implementation of optofluidics in cell line development can help advance multiple lead candidate molecules with increased screening capacity. A researcher from GlaxoSmithKline discussed how her team uses an optofluidic system in a June 15 presentation at the BioProcess International Spring Digital Week's 2020 virtual meeting.  Discuss
Are interferons helpful or harmful during SARS-CoV-2 infection?
The host immune system produces a variety of regulatory molecules, including interferons, during a response to viral infection. Although previously considered beneficial, these proteins may actually cause life-threatening inflammation, according to an article published in Science on June 11.  Discuss
NIH researchers investigate virulence of SARS-CoV-2 virus
What makes the SARS-CoV-2 virus so virulent? Researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) analyzed the genomics of the virus -- and compared it to other coronaviruses -- in a June 10 article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Discuss
How will summer weather shape the spread of COVID-19?
New research shows that while higher temperatures and humidity can slow the spread of COVID-19, longer hours of sunlight are associated with a higher incidence of the disease. Human behavior may be at the root of this quandary, according to a June 8 Geographical Analysis publication.  Discuss
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2020 ACCP Annual Meeting
September 20-22
Bethesda, Maryland United States
Bioprocess International West
September 21-24
Eastern Standard Time Zone (EST) United States
BioProcess International
September 21-24
Eastern Standard Time Zone (EST), Massachusetts United States
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