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Sharing is caring: Why COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers must collaborate
August 13, 2020 -- Sharing knowledge between competitors will be key for establishing the manufacturing capacity needed to produce billions of COVID-19 vaccines in coming months. Such collaboration could change the way that innovation and competition are viewed in the biopharmaceutical industry, according to a policy forum published in Science on August 13.  Discuss
Thermo Fisher's acquisition of Qiagen falls short
August 13, 2020 -- Thermo Fisher Scientific has terminated its acquisition of Qiagen after the company was unable to secure the number of shares needed to proceed with the deal. The collapse of the deal kills what would have been one of the largest acquisitions in the scientific and lab instrument space so far this year.
SARS-CoV-2 causes immune paralysis in severe cases of COVID-19
August 12, 2020 -- The SARS-CoV-2 virus can cause the paralysis of key immune cells as the COVID-19 disease progresses, and this immune paralysis can be the difference between severe and mild cases of COVID-19, according to a study published in Science on August 11.  Discuss
Genetic engineering shows how 'foreign' DNA impacts evolution
August 11, 2020 -- A new study has demonstrated that "foreign" DNA -- DNA transferred horizontally into a species from a source other than a parent -- can become functional over time and can impact an organism's evolution and fitness, according to a paper published August 10 in Nature Ecology and Evolution.  Discuss
Biosimulation can mitigate risk of COVID-19 drug development
August 10, 2020 -- Drug development can be an expensive and tedious process. Add in the urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic, and you have a recipe for frustration. Biosimulation -- using computers to simulate drug response in humans -- can help accelerate the process, which Certara hopes to achieve with a newly launched platform targeted at COVID-19 vaccine development.  Discuss
COVID-19 vaccine based on peptide nanofibers shows promise
August 7, 2020 -- A new technology platform using self-assembling peptide nanofibers tagged with antibodies can be an effective SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to a proof-of-concept study published in Science Advances on August 7.  Discuss
Gum disease may affect COVID-19 severity
August 7, 2020 -- Patients with inflammation caused by periodontitis may experience more severe COVID-19 complications, according to an article published online July 30 in the Journal of the California Dental Association.  Discuss
Microbes shape antibodies prior to infection
August 6, 2020 -- 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
New COVID-19 vaccine candidate leverages earlier research
August 5, 2020 -- Could vaccine platforms developed for previous coronaviruses be converted to address the current COVID-19 pandemic? An August 5 report in Nature described how researchers leveraged previous vaccine research to develop mRNA-1273, a new SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate.  Discuss
Antiviral molecules targeting SARS-CoV-2 main protease are potent inhibitors
August 4, 2020 -- New compounds targeting the SARS-CoV-2 main protease could be potent inhibitors of the coronavirus. Researchers tested various engineered molecules for antiviral activity in an article published in Science Translational Medicine on August 3.  Discuss
Study analyzes how SARS-CoV-2 undermines immune defenses
August 3, 2020 -- A new research study used whole-genome sequencing to analyze the genetic profile of patients with the SARS-CoV-2 virus to gain more insight into how it turns the body's own immune system against itself. The findings could help researchers develop drugs to target the virus, according to an August 3 report in Nature Medicine.  Discuss
Researchers develop mouse model of COVID-19 infection
July 31, 2020 -- Researchers have generated a strain of SARS-CoV-2 that can infect mice and used it to produce a new mouse model of infection to help facilitate testing of COVID-19 vaccine candidates and therapies. The research article was published in Science on July 30.  Discuss
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