Immunology
Could a MERS vaccine candidate be the answer for COVID-19?
As researchers urgently work to develop vaccines to prevent COVID-19, many strategies have been considered. Now, a parainfluenza virus 5-based vaccine expressing MERS-CoV spike protein may provide an avenue for a COVID-19 vaccine based on the similarity of the two viruses, according to a study published in mBio on April 7.  Discuss
COVID-19 shuts down research labs as concern grows among scientists
Almost half of all scientific research labs that participated in a recent survey were shut down due to concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak. Survey results indicate that scientists are quite concerned and that their work is considerably impacted by the pandemic, according to a new COVID-19 scientist sentiment tracker.  Discuss
SARS-CoV-2 vaccine utilizing microneedle arrays appears in the literature
Within four weeks of the SARS-CoV-2 spike sequence becoming available, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine developed immunogens for a potential COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is delivered through a fingertip-sized patch, and it produces antibodies specific to SARS-CoV-2 at quantities thought to be sufficient for neutralizing the virus, according to the April 2 EBioMedicine publication.  Discuss
Chemists develop method to identify protein neighbors
A new technology called µMap uses photocatalysts, molecules that spur a chemical reaction when activated by light, to identify spatial relationships of cell surface proteins. The results are described by scientists from Princeton University and Merck in the March 6 edition of Science.  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
Inflammatory attack comes from an unexpected source in rheumatoid arthritis
Researchers have pinpointed immune cells called natural killer cells as an unexpected source of inflammatory proteins that contribute to rheumatoid arthritis. The research was published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine on February 25.  Discuss
Genomic landscape of osteosarcomas reveals why immunotherapy may not be effective
Immune profiling of osteosarcoma has revealed why immune checkpoint inhibitors might not be an effective treatment option for patients with this rare type of cancer, according to new research published online February 21 in Nature Communications.  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
Communication of cancer cells analyzed with organoids and novel cytometry
A new technique using organoids, self-organizing 3D tissue models, can decipher how individual cancer cells communicate with each other and the unique signals they create. This research, published in Nature Methods on February 17, could be used to help develop personalized cancer treatments in the future.  Discuss
Genetically engineered probiotics successfully deliver immunotherapies
A new technology enables genetically engineered probiotic bacteria to be used as an efficacious, stable, and safe platform to deliver immunotherapies directly into a variety of tumors in just a single dose. The research was published online on February 12 in Science Translational Medicine.  Discuss
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