Cell Biology
Shape-shifting may provide coronavirus with a survival advantage
Conformational changes of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein -- the target of many vaccines and therapies -- may have features that help the virus hide from the host immune system and survive longer in the environment, according to a study published in Science on July 21.  Discuss
Replicating RNA COVID-19 vaccine shows robust responses in early testing
A replicating RNA vaccine delivered with a lipid-based nanoparticle emulsion has been shown to produce potent antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in mice and primates with a single immunization, according to a study published in Science Translational Medicine on July 20.  Discuss
SARS-CoV-2 Nsp1 protein effectively blocks host antiviral defenses
A SARS-CoV-2 protein, Nsp1, may play a critical role in weakening antiviral innate immune defenses, according to a study published in Science on July 17. Researchers identified how the viral protein specifically shuts down host protein production and subsequently blocks host immune functions.  Discuss
Red blood cells offer potential to deliver vaccines
Scientists have developed a biomimetic vaccine-delivery strategy based on an innate immune function of red blood cells that can deliver vaccine nanoparticles to the spleen, according to a research article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on July 14.  Discuss
The race is on to create a COVID-19 vaccine. But what next?
Fears of continuing waves of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus have helped trigger an accelerated effort among drug developers to bring a coronavirus vaccine to market. But even after a vaccine is developed and approved, there are a host of other challenges that must be solved to make sure it is administered widely enough to protect society at large.  Discuss
Life science instrumentation market adapts to COVID-19
To reflect the new realities of the analytical instrumentation market during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the subsequent pandemic-driven recession, Strategic Directions International, a sister company of The Science Advisory Board, has released its revised edition of the Global Assessment Report.  Discuss
Pall debuts solution for biotech research
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
Unveiling bat secrets of immunity could offer clues to treating COVID-19
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
NIH forms COVID-19 clinical trials network
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
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
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