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September 28, 2020

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New Brain Cell-Like Nanodevices Work Together to Identify Mutations in Viruses

Scientists have described a new nanodevice that acts almost identically to a brain cell. Furthermore, they have shown that these synthetic brain ...

A Cheaper, Faster COVID-19 Test

Researchers have developed a method for fast, cheap, yet accurate testing for COVID-19 infection. The method simplifies and frees the testing from expensive reaction steps, enabling upscaling of the ...

New Drug Candidate Found for Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Researchers have identified a potential drug candidate against enterovirus 71, a common cause of hand, foot and mouth disease in infants and young children. The compound of interest is a small ...

Mosquito-Borne Viruses Linked to Stroke

A deadly combination of two mosquito-borne viruses may be a trigger for stroke, new research has ...
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A New Strategy of Cell Entry for Some Types of Parvoviruses

Researchers have uncovered a new parvovirus strategy for reaching the cell nucleus which is their site of replication. This new method of entry is a good example of host-driven ...

Ocean Algae Get 'Coup De Grace' from Viruses

Scientists have long believed that ocean viruses always quickly kill algae, but new research shows they live in harmony with algae and viruses provide a 'coup de grace' only when blooms of ...

Human Activities Promote Disease-Spreading Mosquitoes; More Study Needed for Prevention

Disease-spreading mosquitoes may be more likely to occupy areas impacted by human activities like pesticide use and habitat destruction, than they are areas less disturbed by humans, a recent study ...

Human Norovirus Strains Differ in Sensitivity to the Body's First Line of Defense

Human norovirus strains differ in sensitivity to interferon, one of the body's first line of ...

Anti-Bacterial Graphene Face Masks

Researchers have successfully produced laser-induced graphene masks with an anti-bacterial efficiency of 80 percent, which can be enhanced to almost 100 percent within 10 minutes under sunlight. ...

Designed Antiviral Proteins Inhibit SARS-CoV-2 in the Lab

Computer-designed miniproteins have now been shown to protect lab-grown human cells from SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The lead antiviral candidate rivals the best-known ...

More Cats Might Be COVID-19 Positive Than First Believed, Study Suggests

A newly published study looking at cats in Wuhan, where the first known outbreak of COVID-19 began, shows more cats might be contracting the disease than first ...

In Ancient Giant Viruses Lies the Truth Behind Evolution of Nucleus in Eukaryotic Cells

An exchange of genetic material that occurred when ancient giant viruses infected ancient eukaryotic cells could have caused the nucleus of the eukaryotic cell -- its defining feature -- to form. A ...

Scientists Develop Low-Cost Chip to Detect Presence and Quantity of COVID-19 Antibodies

Robust and widespread antibody testing has emerged as a key strategy in the fight against SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. Scientists have now developed a rapid, reliable ...

Distribution Range of Ebola Virus Carriers in Africa May Be Larger Than Previously Assumed

Zaire ebolavirus is among the deadliest of all known Ebola viruses for humans and is most likely transmitted by various species of bats. New models show where these species may thrive in Africa. The ...

Common Cold Jumpstarts Defense Against Influenza

As the flu season approaches, a strained public health system may have a surprising ally -- the common cold virus. Rhinovirus, the most frequent cause of common colds, can prevent the flu virus from ...

Investigational COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Prevents Severe Clinical Disease in Animals

New research demonstrates that a candidate COVID-19 vaccine elicited robust immune response in Syrian golden hamsters and prevented severe clinical disease -- including weight loss, pneumonia and ...

How to Capture Images of Cells at Work Inside Our Lungs

Scientists have discovered how to capture 'live' images of immune cells inside the lungs. The group is the first in the world to find a way to record, in real time, how the immune system ...

Innovative Biocontainment Unit Shows Promise to Protect Healthcare Workers

The U.S. Army partnered with the University of Pittsburg Medical Center to create a biocontainment unit that could help healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 ...

Experimental Vaccine That Boosts Antigen Production Shows Promise Against COVID-19

A bioengineering technique to boost production of specific proteins could be the basis of an effective vaccine against the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, new research ...

Inflammation Linked to Alzheimer's Disease Development

Scientists have discovered a direct link between the immune response to viruses and bacteria and the development of plaques in the brain that characterize Alzheimer's ...

Viruses on Glaciers Highlight Evolutionary Mechanism to Overcome Host Defenses

Scientists studying life on the surface of glaciers in the Arctic and Alps challenge assumptions on virus evolution. Their study shows that, contrary to expectations, the viruses on glaciers in the ...

Viruses Could Be Harder to Kill After Adapting to Warm Environments

Enteroviruses and other pathogenic viruses that make their way into surface waters can be inactivated by heat, sunshine and other microbes, thereby reducing their ability to spread disease. But ...

Portable, Point-of-Care COVID-19 Test Could Bypass the Lab, Study Finds

Researchers have demonstrated a prototype of a rapid COVID-19 molecular test and a simple-to-use, portable instrument for reading the results with a smartphone in 30 minutes, which could enable ...

Novel Dual CAR T Cell Immunotherapy Holds Promise for Targeting the HIV Reservoir

A recent study describes a new Dual CAR T cell immunotherapy that can help fight HIV ...

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