Immunology Sponsored by Beckman Coulter
Are T cells more important than antibodies in COVID-19?
A new study stressed the importance of a multilayered, virus-specific immune response for controlling SARS-CoV-2 during acute COVID-19, with an emphasis on the critical nature of T cells over antibodies during the process. The work was published in Cell on September 16.  Discuss
Antibody fragments may be exceptionally effective against SARS-CoV-2
An engineered antibody fragment has been developed as a highly potent neutralizer of SARS-CoV-2. For the first time, one of these tiny molecules has been tested for efficacy in in vitro and in vivo infection models. The results of the collaborative study were published in Cell on September 14.  Discuss
Optofluidics technology accelerates discovery of COVID-19 treatments
Known for its transformative technology, Berkeley Lights is a pioneer in optofluidics, which has supported the biopharmaceutical industry for years with its deep cell characterization capabilities. These efforts are highlighted by the rapid impact that Berkeley Lights' Beacon systems had during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Discuss
New approach to cancer immunotherapies combines 2 mAb treatments
A new approach to increasing the effectiveness of current cancer immunotherapies combines existing therapies with new monoclonal antibodies (mAb) that block inhibitory cytokines in tumor microenvironments, allowing the body to effectively eliminate tumors. The results of the study were published in Nature Communications on September 11.  Discuss
Early trials show potential of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is making progress on BNT162b1, a COVID-19 vaccine candidate that is undergoing development and for which the U.S. government has secured access to 300 million doses in 2021. The results of the phase I/II clinical trials were published in Nature on August 12.  Discuss
Microbes shape antibodies prior to infection
Genetic analysis of antibodies reveals how microbes in the intestines impact overall B-cell populations and humoral responses to pathogens. The research was published in Nature on August 5.  Discuss
Animal study turns in positive results for Moderna-NIH COVID-19 vaccine
Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine candidate, messenger RNA (mRNA)-1273, has been shown to induce immune responses and control upper and lower respiratory tract infection of rhesus macaques exposed to SARS-CoV-2, according to researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  Discuss
New tools rapidly detect anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies
New tools using surrogate viruses may be useful for rapid testing to determine whether antibodies effectively neutralize SARS-CoV-2. The viral vector-based platform approach was published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine on July 21.  Discuss
Shape-shifting may provide coronavirus with a survival advantage
Conformational changes of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein -- the target of many vaccines and therapies -- may have features that help the virus hide from the host immune system and survive longer in the environment, according to a study published in Science on July 21.  Discuss
Life science instrumentation market adapts to COVID-19
To reflect the new realities of the analytical instrumentation market during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the subsequent pandemic-driven recession, Strategic Directions International, a sister company of The Science Advisory Board, has released its revised edition of the Global Assessment Report.  Discuss
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