Immunology
NIH forms COVID-19 clinical trials network
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), has established a new clinical trials network to conduct large-scale testing of COVID-19 vaccines and monoclonal antibodies.  Discuss
Scientists urge that surveillance of a new SARS-CoV-2 variant is necessary
A SARS-CoV-2 variant carrying an amino acid change, D614G, in the spike protein has become the predominant form of the virus in the current global pandemic. A recent publication in Cell advocated for viral surveillance to aid in the development of immunological interventions.  Discuss
Would infecting healthy people with SARS-CoV-2 speed the race to a vaccine?
Could the race to develop a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 be sped up if researchers were able to study the virus in healthy individuals? And how could such research be conducted safely? These questions were covered in an article published July 1 in the New England Journal of Medicine.  Discuss
FDA issues guidance on COVID-19 vaccine licensure
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided new regulatory guidance for developers of vaccines for COVID-19. The guidance lays out the agency's current recommendations regarding the data needed to facilitate clinical development and licensure of vaccines to prevent COVID-19.  Discuss
DNA 'origami' informs coronavirus vaccine design
Strategically folded DNA arranged to mimic viral antigens -- known as DNA "origami" -- may produce strong immune responses, according to a June 29 report in Nature Nanotechnology. Researchers are now working on adapting this approach for the development of a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2.  Discuss
Computer tools shorten development time for SARS-CoV-2 drugs
Computer-based tools are helping researchers find potentially promising candidates for vaccines and treatments for SARS-CoV-2 -- and much more quickly than traditional approaches. Many of these software tools are described in an article published June 24 in Science Advances.  Discuss
Researchers discuss progress toward personalized cancer vaccines
Highly targeted and adaptable platforms allow researchers to develop cancer vaccines for a multitude of different cancer types and even create personalized vaccines for individual cancer patients. Researchers from BioNTech and the Wistar Institute shared exciting developments in cancer vaccines in a methods workshop during the American Association for Cancer Research 2020 virtual annual meeting II.  Discuss
Childhood vaccines may help protect against COVID-19 mortality
Could live vaccines for viruses such as measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) also provide protection against COVID-19? That intriguing prospect is the subject of a recently published commentary in mBio.  Discuss
FDA researchers explore vaccine responses to SARS-CoV-2 antigens
Different proteins associated with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, generate unique immune responses when given to rabbits as immunizations, according to a June 8 Science Translational Medicine article.  Discuss
Transparency helps maintain scientific integrity of clinical trials
A new study offers reassuring evidence about the integrity of registered clinical trials, with researchers finding no signs of widespread manipulation of results regarding statistical significance thresholds. The study results were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on June 2.  Discuss
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