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Pall debuts solution for biotech research
July 14, 2020 -- Pall, one of the largest suppliers of laboratory filtration and clarification products, recently launched two new filtration and clarification plates designed to improve cell and protein purification.  Discuss
Highlights from the AACR virtual meeting II
July 13, 2020 -- The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting in virtual format featured a broad array of sessions, discussing many aspects of cancer research from drug development to treatment and patient advocacy.  Discuss
Unveiling bat secrets of immunity could offer clues to treating COVID-19
July 10, 2020 -- Bats' longevity and capacity to tolerate viruses may stem from their ability to control inflammation, according to a review article published in Cell Metabolism on July 7. The unique mechanisms that bats employ to achieve this may hold clues to developing new treatments for human diseases.  Discuss
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
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