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An update on RNA extraction kit supply due to COVID-19
May 6, 2020 -- The extraordinary demand for COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction testing has strained the production capabilities of vendors in the nucleic acid preparation market. Several vendors are reporting skyrocketing demand for RNA extraction kits and other COVID-19-related products.  Discuss
Scientists explore varying immune responses in COVID-19 patients
May 5, 2020 -- A new study aims to further classify the immune response of COVID-19 patients with the goal of understanding the pathogenesis of the disease and accelerating the development of an effective vaccine to SARS-CoV-2 infection. The results of the study were published in Immunity on May 3.  Discuss
Researchers investigate how a potent mAb blocks SARS-CoV-2
May 4, 2020 -- Based on previous research that explored therapies against SARS-CoV, a new report has identified a fully human monoclonal antibody (mAb) that prevents the SARS-CoV-2 virus from infecting cultured cells. Authored by a team of researchers from Utrecht University, Erasmus Medical Center, and Harbour BioMed, the report was published in Nature Communications on May 4.  Discuss
Cytokine storm may cause T-cell exhaustion in COVID-19 cases
May 1, 2020 -- Cytokine storms may impact the severity of COVID-19 cases by lowering T-cell populations, according to a study published in Frontiers in Immunology on May 1.  Discuss
New STM technique could lead to purer pharmaceuticals
April 30, 2020 -- A research project led by chemists at the University of Warwick has revealed how ultrahigh-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) can be used to determine precise molecular interactions, which could be particularly useful for the production of raw materials. The report was published in Nature Communications on April 30.  Discuss
COVID-19: A double-edged sword for the pharma industry
April 29, 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic is causing major disruptions to pharmaceutical R&D activities, despite the pressing need for treatments and diagnostics for the novel coronavirus. In a new article, Ivan Gandayuwana of Strategic Directions International examines the multiple impacts COVID-19 is having on pharma.  Discuss
Bringing order to the viral multiverse
April 28, 2020 -- A new taxonomic classification system for viruses has been proposed by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses, the group that oversees the official classification of viruses and naming of taxa. A consensus statement on the proposal appears in Nature Microbiology.  Discuss
What is the impact of aerosolized SARS-CoV-2 in hospitals?
April 27, 2020 -- A study evaluating viral RNA from two hospitals in Wuhan, China, during the COVID-19 outbreak reveals that although there are several hotspots for airborne viral RNA within hospitals, the implementation of careful sanitization, proper ventilation, and open spaces can reduce the risk of exposure to the airborne virus. The results were published online in an April 27 article in Nature.  Discuss
Experts discuss promising strategies for tackling SARS-CoV-2
April 24, 2020 -- What's the best strategy for developing treatments for the SARS-CoV-2 virus? The most promising approaches for a rapid response are antivirals and gene therapy, according to a new review article published April 24 in Frontiers in Microbiology.  Discuss
COVID-19 vaccine candidates show progress amid challenges
April 23, 2020 -- As the COVID-19 outbreak advances worldwide, companies are stepping up to the challenge to develop a potential vaccine. There are over 75 confirmed COVID-19 vaccine candidates, five of which have already entered clinical trials.  Discuss
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