Report: Coronavirus takes bite out of Pittcon attendance
Attendance at this week's Pittcon conference for laboratory scientists in Chicago is down sharply over concerns about the novel coronavirus, according to a March 3 news report on WGN-TV.
WHO ups coronavirus mortality rate to 3.4%
The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised its estimate of the mortality rate of patients infected with the novel coronavirus to 3.4% globally, up from a 2.3% death rate made in previous estimates.
New coronavirus puts focus on the science of naming new viruses
What's in a name? Possibly a lot, when it comes to determining how to name new virus species based on genetic characteristics. The initial confusion over the naming of the novel coronavirus indicates that the scientific community still has work to do when defining the proper taxonomy of viruses, according to an article published in Nature Microbiology on March 2.  Discuss
3 reasons the coronavirus outbreak has been so severe
WASHINGTON, DC - Why has the current outbreak of coronavirus been so severe compared with past epidemics of viral respiratory diseases? It has to do with unique characteristics of the coronavirus itself, according to a speaker at a February 26 congressional briefing.  Discuss
New NIH study pinpoints how coronavirus attacks cells
The continued spread of the novel 2019 coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2, around the world has raised the need for a test to rapidly and efficiently screen coronaviruses to monitor rapid changes and determine how they function. Findings from ongoing U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) research, published in Nature Microbiology on February 24, offer new tools in the fight.  Discuss
Breakthrough in coronavirus research provides map for vaccines
Critical research reveals the 3D atomic-scale map of the spike protein of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which is responsible for infecting humans. This breakthrough will aid in the development of vaccines and antiviral drugs to combat the spread of the virus. The research was published in Science on February 19.  Discuss
Arbor offers NGS coronavirus panel to researchers for free
Arbor Biosciences announced on February 12 that it will release its myBaits Expert hybridization-based panel for detecting infection with the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The next-generation sequencing (NGS) panel will be offered free of charge to global researchers helping to identify the source organism and evolution of the virus.
WHO officially names coronavirus disease COVID-19
The World Health Organization (WHO) on February 11 announced an official designation for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), naming the condition COVID-19.
Chinese researchers mobilize to classify 2019-nCoV
In response to a recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-CoV), scientists in China have uncovered genetic similarities with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronaviruses by analyzing patient samples from the source of the outbreak. Their findings provide crucial evidence that will aid in the classification and identification of 2019-CoV, according to a new report published in Nature on February 3.  Discuss
Institut Pasteur reveals how it sequenced the coronavirus
On January 30, the Institut Pasteur became the first European institution to sequence the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) since the outbreak began in December 2019. Institut Pasteur researchers used a unique sequencing platform to confirm the presence of 2019-nCoV in three samples from suspected cases in France.  Discuss
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