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How has SARS-CoV-2 evolved from bat coronavirus?
July 9, 2020 -- Structural comparison between a bat coronavirus and SARS-CoV-2 reveals specific characteristics that make the new virus more pathogenic, according to a new article published in Nature Structural and Molecular Biology on July 9.  Discuss
NIH forms COVID-19 clinical trials network
July 8, 2020 -- 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
Heated nickel foam HVAC filters could protect against SARS-CoV-2
July 8, 2020 -- New "catch and kill" air filters can instantly and efficiently kill SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. The details of the nickel foam-based prototype were published in Materials Today Physics on July 7.  Discuss
Companion diagnostics survive COVID-19 with small nick
July 7, 2020 -- The COVID-19 crisis has had a slightly negative, but not critical, impact on the market for companion diagnostics, according to a new market report from market research firm Kalorama Information.  Discuss
Machine learning helps identify antimicrobial-resistant bacteria
July 7, 2020 -- A new graphical user interface-driven, machine learning-based approach has successfully identified antimicrobial resistance genes for gram-positive and -negative bacteria. This work, presented in Scientific Reports on July 3, may make it easier to identify deadly antimicrobial-resistant bacteria.  Discuss
Scientists urge that surveillance of a new SARS-CoV-2 variant is necessary
July 6, 2020 -- 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?
July 2, 2020 -- 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
Faster fluid mixing could reduce costs for silica microparticles
July 1, 2020 -- A surprisingly simple approach to manufacturing silica nanoparticles by taking advantage of fluid dynamics in tiny Teflon tubes could reduce manufacturing costs. The work is described in a June 28 article published in the Chemical Engineering Journal.  Discuss
FDA issues guidance on COVID-19 vaccine licensure
June 30, 2020 -- 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
SARS-CoV-2 rewires host proteins to promote infection
June 30, 2020 -- To successfully infect human cells, SARS-CoV-2 may hijack host proteins in target cells to promote its own replication. Researchers may be able to leverage this information to identify and recommend drugs, according to a June 29 Cell article.  Discuss
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