Nanoparticles dressed up in cell membranes snag SARS-CoV-2 virus particles before they reach human cells.
July 9, 2020 • ~5 min
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There is speculation about whether a population can achieve some sort of immunity to the virus with as little as 20% infected.
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If you have had COVID-19 already, are you protected from another bout of the illness? And is the presence of antibodies in your blood a guarantee of immunity?
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COVID-19's deadliness for men is revealing why researchers should have been studying immune system sex differences years ago
Why does COVID-19 hit men harder than women? Is the disparity in mortality rates due male hormones or an underlying difference in the male versus female immune system?
June 9, 2020 • ~8 min
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Racism – and the chronic stress it causes – leads to poor health among African Americans. It may change the way genes are expressed, leading to increased levels of dangerous stress hormones.
June 9, 2020 • ~9 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.
May 29, 2020 • ~9 min
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'Nanobodies' produced by the llama immune system can neutralise the virus that causes COVID-19.
May 26, 2020 • ~7 min
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We blame the coronavirus for the thousands of deaths, but it is actually a hyperactive immune reaction that is the cause of death. An immunologist explains.
May 20, 2020 • ~7 min
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Figuring out how the immune system responds to and defeats coronavirus is our best way out of the pandemic.
May 11, 2020 • ~7 min
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"...we believe it may be possible to control obesity and the complications of obesity by better regulating inflammation."
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