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
ACS cancels national meeting
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has decided to cancel its spring 2020 conference scheduled for March 22-26 in Philadelphia. Read More
Major bioprocessing conference in Calif. postponed
The Bioprocess International West 2020 Conference has been postponed due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, which has resulted in the cancellation or postponement of medical and scientific meetings around the world. Read More
Supercomputer reveals potential compounds against coronavirus
Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have used the Summit supercomputer to identify 77 small-molecule drug compounds that potentially target the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is responsible for the novel coronavirus disease outbreak. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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