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Investigating T cell Immune Response to SARS-CoV-2

This post was reviewed by Dr. Emily Bowman, one of our subject matter experts. The paper we’re demystifying today can be found here, if you’d like to tag along! Summary Researchers investigated the immune system’s T-cell response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus in people who were completely unexposed to COVID-19, people who were exposed to COVID-19 … Continue reading Investigating T cell Immune Response to SARS-CoV-2

The In-Crowd: SARS-CoV-2 vs. Your Microbiome

Image credit: “Petri dishes with cultures of bacteria grown on agar jelly.” by M. J. Richardson is under a CC BY-SA 2.0 License. This post was reviewed by Dr. Brett Finlay, one of our subject matter experts. This study was conducted by researchers from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. The paper we’ll be demystifying … Continue reading The In-Crowd: SARS-CoV-2 vs. Your Microbiome

Overcoming Middle World

By Jacob L. Fine (Image from here) The world we see is not the world that is. Our sense organs were sculpted by natural selection to help us survive in what the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins calls Middle World. He is quick to distinguish this from the J. R. R. Tolkien’s land of hobbits and … Continue reading Overcoming Middle World

Effect of SARS-CoV-2 infection in human airway cells

This post was reviewed by Dr. Jasmin Chahal, one of our subject matter experts. For the original article, please follow this link. TL;DR:  Compared to other coronaviruses (SARS-CoV and HCoV-NL63), SARS-CoV-2 spreads much more efficiently in a short time although all three coronaviruses use the same receptor to enter the cell and infect it. In … Continue reading Effect of SARS-CoV-2 infection in human airway cells

Video Sidebar: SARS-CoV-2 VS Other Coronaviruses

References Link to Attenuation of replication by a 29 nucleotide deletion in SARS-coronavirus acquired during the early stages of human-to-human transmission paper in Nature Scientific Reports https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-33487-8 Link to Report of the WHO-China Joint Mission on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) report https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/who-china-joint-mission-on-covid-19-final-report.pdf Link to Preliminary estimation of the basic reproduction number of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) … Continue reading Video Sidebar: SARS-CoV-2 VS Other Coronaviruses

Sidebar: Healthcare Heroes in Wuhan, China

Author’s Note The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for our healthcare heroes. As the on-going pandemic continues, many of our healthcare heroes are continually risking their lives to help fight the battle. I personally wanted to celebrate our healthcare heroes by highlighting research that describes the experiences of healthcare professionals. Thus, I hope this … Continue reading Sidebar: Healthcare Heroes in Wuhan, China

Video Sidebar: Wrapping up- Where Did SARS-CoV-2 come from?

Before we launch into the video, we should first define the term “Divergent Evolution,” which Demitri defines as: When at least 2 groups of the same species that originate from the same parent species independently acquire differences that are necessary for persistence in their respective environments. You can find out more about divergent evolution here. … Continue reading Video Sidebar: Wrapping up- Where Did SARS-CoV-2 come from?

A Peek at Pfizer’s Vaccine Candidate

This post was reviewed by Dr. Zachary Benet, one of our subject matter experts. The paper we’re demystifying today can be found here, if you’d like to follow along. TL;DR BNT162b1 is an RNA-based vaccine against SARS-CoV-2. This Phase 1/2 clinical data is promising, because it shows that vaccination causes a strong antibody response, including neutralizing … Continue reading A Peek at Pfizer’s Vaccine Candidate

The Weekly Recap: August 17-28, 2020

Posts published by our team from August 17-26, 2020: August 17, 2020: UV Rays Zap Human Coronaviruses Researchers investigated the effects of UV light on aerosolized human coronaviruses alpha HCoV-229E and beta HCoV-OC43, finding that relatively low doses of UV radiation inactivates 99.9% of viral particles. They also found decreased expression of the viral spike … Continue reading The Weekly Recap: August 17-28, 2020

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