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The latest nCov-19 research, de-mystified


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Babies Striking Back Against the Coronavirus

The paper we’re demystifying can be found here, if you’d like to follow along. This article was reviewed by Dr. Emily Bowman and Dr. Kelly Summers, two of our subject matter experts. Introducing New Diagnostic Criteria For COVID-19 Serologic tests are used to detect the body’s immune response to a viral infection by measuring the … Continue reading Babies Striking Back Against the Coronavirus

Cleaving the Basic Spike Protein

This post was reviewed by Dr. Sebastian Lequime, one of our subject matter experts. TL;DR: This group of researchers from Germany investigated the multibasic amino acid sequence in the S1/S2 cleavage site on the spike glycoprotein of SARS-CoV-2. They wanted to know how important this sequence is for cleavage and entry. They also found that … Continue reading Cleaving the Basic Spike Protein

What happened to all the ventilators?

This article was reviewed by Dr. Phil Lange, one of our subject matter experts. This research was conducted by scientists at the University of Washington, the Virginia Mason Medical Center, and the Swedish Medical Center (all in Seattle, WA). The paper we will be demystifying today can be found here, if you’d like to follow along. … Continue reading What happened to all the ventilators?

A DNA Vaccine for COVID19

This post was reviewed by Dr. Brett Finlay, one of our subject matter experts. The paper we’re demystifying today can be found here if you want to follow along. As you may know, the race for a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is on. According to one COVID19 vaccine tracker, there are at least 28 … Continue reading A DNA Vaccine for COVID19

Increased risk of blood vessel blockages in ICU patients with COVID-19

Patients with COVID-19 infections face a variety of risks, many of which are still being studied. COVID-19 may increase the risk of developing blood clots in both veins and arteries (venous & arterial thromboembolism). This prevents regions of the body from getting proper blood flow and this is dangerous if it affects a large area or vital organs such as the heart, lungs or brain.

COVID-19 Transmission: Is the Air Contaminated?

This post was reviewed by Dr. Carolina Camargo, one of our subject matter experts. For the original article, please follow this link. For the biological definitions of aerosols and respiratory droplets, please visit this page. Brief Summary This case study1 at two Wuhan Hospitals and public areas nearby detected the genetic material of SARS-CoV-2 in the air. … Continue reading COVID-19 Transmission: Is the Air Contaminated?

PAC-MAN vs. COVID-19

Image credit: “Pacman Games” by Piotr Siedlecki is under a CC0 Public Domain license. This study was conducted by researchers from Stanford University. This post was reviewed by Dr. Phil Lange, one of our subject matter experts. TL;DR: Stanford researchers investigated using PAC-MAN, a technique that destroys virus genes, to attack SARS-CoV-2. PAC-MAN was shown … Continue reading PAC-MAN vs. COVID-19

China Center for Disease Control: Fur Friends and SARS-CoV-2

This post was reviewed by Dr. Scott Covey, one of our subject matter experts. Summary of today’s paper: In this paper published in Science, scientists from the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention examine how well SARS-CoV-2 can transmit to and infect lab animal models, our companion pets, and farm animals. This is an … Continue reading China Center for Disease Control: Fur Friends and SARS-CoV-2

Scripps Research Institute: A SARS Antibody May Also Target SARS-CoV-2 Spike Proteins

This article has been reviewed by Dr. Zachary Benet, one of our subject matter experts. The paper that will be demystified today can be found here. TL;DR The exterior of coronaviruses are studded with spikes that are important for infecting human cells. Antibodies are immune molecules designed to bind a very specific bacterium or virus, … Continue reading Scripps Research Institute: A SARS Antibody May Also Target SARS-CoV-2 Spike Proteins

The NAbs and DAbs Guide to Understanding How Antibodies Can Enhance Coronavirus Entry Into our Cells

This research was conducted at the University of Minnesota. This post was reviewed by Dr. Sebastian Lequime, one of our subject matter experts. (A little disclaimer, this paper and review does not talk about domain antibodies, but the opportunity to make a pun with NAbs and DAbs was right there, and I had to do it). … Continue reading The NAbs and DAbs Guide to Understanding How Antibodies Can Enhance Coronavirus Entry Into our Cells

This virus is really good at peek-a-boo

This article has been reviewed by Dr. Emily Bowman, one of our subject matter experts. The paper that we’ll be demystifying can be found here, if you want to follow along. The research was conducted by Public Health–Seattle and King County and the CDC COVID-19 Investigation Team. TL;DR Researchers conducted a point-prevalence survey of residents in … Continue reading This virus is really good at peek-a-boo

NHC Key Laboratory of Biosafety: So, where did SARS-CoV-2 Covid-19 come from?

Illustration by @zaiddagamseh | instagram This post has been reviewed by one of our subject matter experts, Dr. Brett Finlay of UBC. The paper we’ll be demystifying can be found here, if you’d like to follow along! (Before we launch into our summary it’s important to note that 2019-nCoV and SARS-CoV-2 are both names for the … Continue reading NHC Key Laboratory of Biosafety: So, where did SARS-CoV-2 Covid-19 come from?

A rapid, CRISPR-based test for SARS-CoV-2

This post was reviewed by one of our subject matter experts, Dr. Scott Covey of UBC. This study was conducted by researchers from UC San Francisco and Mammoth Biosciences The paper we’ll be demystifying today can be found here, if you’d like to follow along.  The research team behind this research hails from San Francisco, California. … Continue reading A rapid, CRISPR-based test for SARS-CoV-2

Wuhan Huangpi People’s Hospital: An AI Framework to detect COVID-19 Using Chest CT

Diagnosing COVID-19 The article we’re demystifying can be found here, if you’d like to follow along. The highly contagious nature of COVID-19 makes it critical to have efficient diagnostic procedures. You have likely heard of RT-qPCR, currently the most common lab diagnostic test for COVID-19. In an RT-qPCR test a throat or nasal swab is … Continue reading Wuhan Huangpi People’s Hospital: An AI Framework to detect COVID-19 Using Chest CT

Ningbo First Hospital: Why Continuous Testing Matters

“PCR” by yourgenome is available under a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license. This post has been reviewed by one of our subject matter experts. If you want to follow along with the actual research paper, please click this link to download the paper. Section 1: Introduction COVID-19 or “Coronavirus”, the disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, is the seventh … Continue reading Ningbo First Hospital: Why Continuous Testing Matters

Scripps Research Institut: SARS-CoV-2 nicht von Menschen gemacht worden

Der origineller wissenschaftlicher Artikel kann hier gefunden werden. Sie haben wahrscheinlich von jener Verschwörungstheorie gehört: dass nCoV-19 (AKA SARS-CoV-2), der Virus, der COVID-19 verursacht, als Biowaffe künstlich in einem Labor hergestellt wurde und anschließend ausgebrochen oder gar absichtlich verbreitet worden ist. Eine Gruppe Forscher angehörig der Universität von Edinburgh, der Columbia-Universität, der Universität von Sydney, der Tulane-Universität, … Continue reading Scripps Research Institut: SARS-CoV-2 nicht von Menschen gemacht worden

University of British Columbia: A Potential Drug to Inhibit SARS-CoV-2 Infection

This post was reviewed by Dr. Scott Covey of UBC, one of our subject matter experts. The paper we’re demystifying today can be found here, if you’d like to follow along.  This is yet another international study that was lead by Dr. Josef Penninger at the University of British Columbia. In addition to Dr. Penninger the … Continue reading University of British Columbia: A Potential Drug to Inhibit SARS-CoV-2 Infection

National University of Singapore: How COVID-19 Uses Your Immune Response Against You

This post was reviewed by Dr. Brett Finlay from UBC- one of our subject matter experts. Image credit: “Defense Protection Threat Free Photo” by Bru-nO is in the public domain. The paper that we’ll be demystifying can be found here, if you want to follow along. Our immune system is what keeps us safe from … Continue reading National University of Singapore: How COVID-19 Uses Your Immune Response Against You

University of Hong Kong: Switching Up the Swab Test

Image credit: “State Public Health Laboratory in Exton Tests for COVID-19” by governortomwolf is under a CC BY 2.0 license. The paper that we’ll be demystifying can be found here, if you want to follow along. Our main test for COVID-19 is the swab test, where a long swab is used to take a sample from … Continue reading University of Hong Kong: Switching Up the Swab Test

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