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Getting to the heart of SARS-CoV-2 protease; a main drug target
June 26, 2020 -- X-ray crystallography performed at room temperature of the main protease of SARS-CoV-2 may be more physiologically relevant than standard low-temperature x-ray structures, according to a June 24 report in Nature Communications.  Discuss
Computer tools shorten development time for SARS-CoV-2 drugs
June 25, 2020 -- 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
June 24, 2020 -- 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
Innovations in synthetic chemistry help identify new cancer therapies
June 23, 2020 -- The pathway to discovering and developing cancer therapies is not always linear, but well-designed models incorporating smart chemical innovations can provide elegant solutions to treatments for some of the most difficult cancers. Some of these efforts were shared on June 22 during the American Association for Cancer Research 2020 virtual annual meeting II.  Discuss
Next-generation sequencing reveals inherited mutations in young cancer patients
June 23, 2020 -- Researchers advocated for increased genomic surveillance in younger adult cancer patients with tumors that typically strike later in life, in a study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research 2020 virtual meeting, held June 22 to 24.  Discuss
From DNA to precision medicine, researchers discuss breakthroughs in cancer research
June 22, 2020 -- From the use of novel technologies such as machine learning and CRISPR, to gaining a deeper understanding of the genetic and molecular drivers of cancer, researchers from around the globe shared their progress with the cancer research community on June 22 at the opening plenary session of the American Association for Cancer Research 2020 virtual annual meeting II.  Discuss
Childhood vaccines may help protect against COVID-19 mortality
June 22, 2020 -- 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
Some viruses may steal host genes to form beneficial hybrid proteins
June 19, 2020 -- Certain types of RNA viruses may be capable of using host RNA to expand their own genetic repertoire, according to a new study published in Cell on June 18. This mechanism may enable viruses to overcome the limitations of small genomes and more effectively infect host cells.  Discuss
High-throughput analysis speeds downstream process development
June 18, 2020 -- Adding high-throughput analysis helped speed up downstream process development for drug candidates based on monoclonal antibodies, according to a case study presented June 17 during the BioProcess International Spring Digital Week 2020.  Discuss
Cloaked nanoparticles may be a powerful therapy against coronaviruses
June 17, 2020 -- Nanoparticles cloaked with human cell membranes can attract and neutralize SARS-CoV-2, according to a new publication in Nano Letters on June 17. The process of binding to the virus hijacks its ability to replicate, making it a viable medical countermeasure against the virus.  Discuss
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