Vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 will have side effects – that's a good thing

The side effects of new SARS-CoV-2 vaccines are a result of immune system activation. While uncomfortable, they are both normal and expected. They are a sign that the vaccine is working.

Matthew Woodruff, Instructor, Lowance Center for Human Immunology, Emory University • conversation
Dec. 3, 2020 ~9 min

 covid-19  coronavirus  inflammation  immune-system  pandemic  vaccines  sars-cov-2  pfizer  spike-protein  moderna  biontech

AI makes huge progress predicting how proteins fold – one of biology's greatest challenges – promising rapid drug development

Scientists in an artificial intelligence lab have made a breakthrough in solving the problem of how proteins fold into their final three-dimensional shape. The work could speed up creation of drugs.

Marc Zimmer, Professor of Chemistry, Connecticut College • conversation
Dec. 2, 2020 ~11 min

 protein  biology  deepmind  amino-acids  chess  go  protein-design

How spit gets its ‘army’ of proteins

A new paper maps out how saliva gets its many proteins. It's a baseline for further investigations into spit as diagnostic fluid.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
Nov. 20, 2020 ~6 min

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Protein may protect against Lyme disease bacteria

A protein appears to protect against the infection that causes Lyme disease. It may be an early warning for the immune system, research with mice shows.

Bess Connolly Martell-Yale • futurity
Nov. 16, 2020 ~3 min

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Truncated immune system receptors may regulate cellular activity

Unexpected findings in chemokine receptors once believed to be non-functional open up new fields of scientific inquiry.

Michaela Jarvis | MIT Media Lab • mit
Oct. 28, 2020 ~7 min

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Smoothie time? Pig blood becomes protein powder

An enzyme from papayas can turn pig blood into protein powder, report researchers. Right now, the blood ends up in animal feed.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen • futurity
Oct. 26, 2020 ~4 min

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SARS-CoV-2 infection can block pain, opening up unexpected new possibilities for research into pain relief medication

The SARS-CoV-2 virus usually infects the body via the ACE2 protein. But there is another entry point that allows the virus to infect the nervous system and block pain perception.

Rajesh Khanna, Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Arizona • conversation
Sept. 21, 2020 ~8 min

 covid-19  pandemic  pain  sars-cov-2  viruses  covid-19-pandemic  ace2  asymptomatic  chronic-pain  spike-protein

How the coronavirus hijacks human cells to spread itself

Researchers have figured out a mechanism SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, uses to co-opt infected human cells to boost its own replication.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich • futurity
Sept. 18, 2020 ~5 min

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9 reasons you can be optimistic that a vaccine for COVID-19 will be widely available in 2021

As grim as things are with the pandemic raging in the US and the mounting death toll, there are many reasons to be optimistic there will be a vaccine by early next year.

William Petri, Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
Aug. 20, 2020 ~9 min

 health  medicine  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  vaccines  antibodies  sars-cov-2  viruses  ace2  monoclonal-antibodies  spike-protein

Team creates vesicles without any lipids

Scientists have created hollow, spherical sacks called vesicles by using protein and RNA, not lipids.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
July 21, 2020 ~7 min

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