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Researchers flag similarities between COVID-19 deaths and severe rheumatic illnesses

Rheumatologists at the University of Alberta are flagging similarities between the deaths of some COVID-19 patients and those with rheumatic illnesses, and are testing proven rheumatic treatments to see whether they help against the pandemic virus. A substantial proportion of COVID-19 patients admitted to intensive care die of pneumonia due to a cytokine [...]

By |2020-05-28T11:48:00+00:00May 28th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Next-gen nano technologies to tackle infection and diagnose disease

Next-gen nano technologies that can prevent infection and diagnose disease are set to transform the medical industry as this important UniSA research is awarded more than $2 million dollars under the National Health and Medical Research Council ( NHMRC ) 2021 Investigator Grants . Professor Krasi Vasilev Led by international expert in biomedical and [...]

By |2020-05-27T17:42:33+00:00May 27th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

DeepMind’s Protein Folding AI Is Going After Coronavirus

In late December last year, Dr. Li Wenliang began warning officials about a novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China, but was silenced by the police before tragically succumbing to the disease two months later. Meanwhile, almost simultaneously, a computer server halfway across the world started issuing worrying alerts of a potential new outbreak. The server [...]

By |2020-05-23T15:20:35+00:00May 23rd, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Biologist Emma Hodcroft: The ‘virus hunter’

Tracking mutations of the coronavirus as it spreads across the world, biologist Emma Hodcroft has become one of Switzerland’s most-followed researchers on Twitter. Her name has appeared in Wired, the Boston Globe and (German-language media including) the NZZ, but also in the Aargauer Zeitung, Blick and even Nau, a news platform shown on screens in buses, [...]

By |2020-05-22T19:39:10+00:00May 22nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

COVID-19 is like three different diseases, says New York doctor

Almost 10 weeks into the pandemic, COVID-19 is continuing to surprise and baffle health experts. In fact, experts' picture of exactly how COVID-19 might play out in the body is now quite different to what was thought as little as a few weeks ago, with some experts saying it could be better described as [...]

By |2020-05-19T05:44:44+00:00May 19th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Designing vaccines from artificial proteins

EPFL scientists have developed a new computational approach to create artificial proteins, which showed promising results in vivo as functional vaccines. This approach opens the possibility to engineer safer and more effective vaccines. Vaccines are one of the most effective interventions to prevent the spreading of infectious diseases. They trigger the immune system to [...]

By |2020-05-18T13:17:09+00:00May 18th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Tiny RNA that should attack coronavirus diminish with age and disease

A group of tiny RNA that should attack the virus causing COVID-19 when it tries to infect the body are diminished with age and chronic health problems, a decrease that likely helps explain why older individuals and those with preexisting medical conditions are vulnerable populations, investigators report. MicroRNAs play a big role in our [...]

By |2020-05-16T16:10:16+00:00May 16th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

COVID-19 Coronavirus blood-clot mystery intensifies

Purple rashes, swollen legs, clogged catheters and sudden death — blood clots, large and small, are a frequent complication of COVID-19, and researchers are just beginning to untangle why. For weeks, reports have poured in of the disease’s effects throughout the body, many of which are caused by clots. “This is like a storm [...]

By |2020-05-11T12:01:45+00:00May 11th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Coronavirus vaccine trials are underway around the world. China’s hoping it can be first for ‘redemption’

In a medical centre in the eastern city of Xuzhou, a few dozen healthy adults have become some of the first to trial a vaccine candidate for the coronavirus. They are among a small group of people in China, the US and Britain who are pioneering the first human trials of different potential vaccines [...]

By |2020-05-10T13:58:10+00:00May 10th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Epitopes.world taps AI to predict COVID-19 vaccine success

A team of researchers hailing from Harvard and Université de Montréal today launched Epitopes.world, an AI-powered, interactive platform designed to facilitate COVID-19 vaccine development. It’s built atop an algorithm — CAMAP — that generates predictions for potential vaccine targets, enabling researchers to identify which parts of the virus are more likely to be exposed at the surface [...]

By |2020-05-09T21:58:28+00:00May 9th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments