Bruker launches plethora of new products online
Bruker is showcasing a number of its new analytical systems and other products for biopharma and forensics applications. The products include a new gas analyzer as well as a benchtop x-ray elemental analyzer. Read More
Scientists use bioinformatics to investigate origin of SARS-CoV-2
While many scientists urgently work toward developing successful therapies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, some are looking in the opposite direction: to where SARS-CoV-2 came from. A new report published in the Journal of Proteome Research suggests that while bats are a likely natural reservoir, an intermediate host is probable. Read More
Frontera supercomputer aids COVID-19 drug development
Scientists are urgently working to build the first complete all-atom model of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus envelope, estimated to contain over 200 million atoms. This work was conducted as a collaboration between the Amaro Lab of the University of California, San Diego and the National Science Foundation-funded Frontera supercomputer at the University of Texas at Austin. Read More
New site shares real-time data about novel coronavirus genetics
DNAstack has introduced an online networking platform for sharing information about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the respiratory disease COVID-19. Read More
Comparative genomics confirms natural development of SARS-CoV-2
The available genetic data on SARS-CoV-2 indicate that it is not derived from any previously known virus, suggesting that it originated from either natural selection in an animal host or humans following zoonotic transfer. This analysis, presented in Nature Medicine on March 17, provides evidence for the natural evolution of this novel coronavirus amid claims of manufactured origins. Read More
Shortage of RNA extraction kits threatens coronavirus testing
The weak link in the U.S. response to diagnostic testing for the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 could be a shortage of RNA extraction kits. Fortunately, suppliers of RNA purification kits are working overtime to get more kits into circulation, according to Alice Kan of Strategic Directions International. Read More
AI visualization maps how SARS-CoV-2 spreads
Artificial intelligence (AI) developer Graphen has published a visual analysis that demonstrates the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 across the world during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read More
Dante Labs offers free whole-genome sequencing services to scientists
Dante Labs, an Italy-based commercial genomics laboratory, announced it has started a program to support global scientific research on the novel coronavirus. As part of this program, the company will be offering 200 free human whole-genome sequencing tests to scientists working on coronavirus-related research. Read More
National Postdoctoral Association cancels meeting due to COVID-19
Yet another scientific meeting has been canceled as a result of the rapidly spreading coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. On March 10, the National Postdoctoral Association made the decision to cancel its annual conference scheduled to take place in San Diego on March 27-29. Read More
AACR 2020 annual meeting postponed
Due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, on March 10 the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) decided to reschedule its 2020 annual meeting, planned for April 24-29 in San Diego. Read More
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