Coronavirus: could it be burning out after 20% of a population is infected?

There is speculation about whether a population can achieve some sort of immunity to the virus with as little as 20% infected.

Joacim Rocklöv, Professor of Epidemiology, Umeå University • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~8 min

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Lab-made antibody might block coronavirus infection

A new synthetic antibody may prevent the coronavirus from causing infection by blocking attachment to a key enzyme. It shows promise in a study with mice.

Keith Brannon-Tulane • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 antibodies viruses drug-development infections health-and-medicine

Nerve-blocking antibody relieves chronic low back pain

New research indicates tanezumab could offer relief for chronic lower back pain.

Mark Michaud-Rochester • futurity
June 19, 2020 ~5 min

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Antibody injections could fight COVID-19 infections – an infectious disease expert explains the prospects

Antibodies that recognize and block SARS-CoV-2 infection have the potential to be powerful weapons. An infectious disease expert explains what antibodies are and how they could be used as a therapy.

Dimiter Stanchev Dimitrov, Professor of Medicine and Director, Center for Antibody Therapeutics, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
June 1, 2020 ~6 min

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Experts worry about false COVID-19 antibody test results

When interpreting COVID-19 antibody tests, caution is key. Here, experts explain the best way to use the tests and why false positives are so concerning.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
May 29, 2020 ~6 min

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Antigen tests for COVID-19 are fast and easy – and could solve the coronavirus testing problem despite being somewhat inaccurate

An antigen test was given emergency use authorization by the FDA in early May. A biochemist explains how COVID-19 antigen tests work.

Eugene Wu, Associate Professor of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Richmond • conversation
May 29, 2020 ~9 min

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Coronavirus: why we're using llamas to help fight the pandemic

'Nanobodies' produced by the llama immune system can neutralise the virus that causes COVID-19.

Gary Stephens, Professor of Pharmacology, University of Reading • conversation
May 26, 2020 ~7 min

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COVID-19 patient antibodies may clarify immunity

Nearly all people hospitalized with COVID-19 develop antibodies against the virus within six days of testing positive, new research indicates.

Jill Wu-Emory • futurity
May 21, 2020 ~6 min

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Antibody from SARS patient blocks coronavirus in lab

The antibody S309, first identified in a blood sample from a recovered SARS patient, inhibits the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, researchers report.

Leila Gray-UW • futurity
May 21, 2020 ~6 min

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New type of HIV vaccine works in monkeys

A new HIV vaccine shows promise in monkeys for longer-term protection. The work could also help in finding a coronavirus vaccine.

Bruce Goldman-Stanford • futurity
May 13, 2020 ~8 min

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