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

Tags: covid-19 immune-system immune-cells antibodies herd-immunity coronavirus-2020 sweden genetic-epidemiology

Your genes could determine whether the coronavirus puts you in the hospital – and we're starting to unravel which ones matter

Researchers from Oregon Health and Science University found that variations in genes that code for parts of the cellular alarm system might play a role in how well people fight off COVID-19.

Reid Thompson, Assistant Professor of Radiation Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: genetics covid-19 coronavirus immune-system biology genes t-cells immune-cells disease viruses research-brief white-blood-cells immune cells computational-biology

Exposing how pancreatic cancer does its dirty work

New research has found that pancreatic cancer actively destroys nearby blood vessels and replaces them with cancerous cells, blocking chemotherapy from reaching tumors. This insight could lead to new treatments that act by preventing cancer’s colonization of blood vessels.

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
Aug. 28, 2019 ~8 min

Tags:  science-technology  engineering  basic-research  harvards-wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering  tumors  pancreatic-cancer  angiogenesis  cancer-cells  endothelial-cells  immune-cells  organ-on-chip

Solution to pancreatic cancer puzzle is discovered

New research has found that pancreatic cancer actively destroys nearby blood vessels and replaces them with cancerous cells, blocking chemotherapy from reaching tumors. This insight could lead to new treatments that act by preventing cancer’s colonization of blood vessels.

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
Aug. 28, 2019 ~8 min

Tags:  science-technology  harvards-wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering  tumors  pancreatic-cancer  angiogenesis  cancer-cells  endothelial-cells  immune-cells  organ-on-chip

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