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.
Dec. 3, 2020 • ~9 min
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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.
Dec. 2, 2020 • ~11 min
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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.
Nov. 16, 2020 • ~3 min
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Unexpected findings in chemokine receptors once believed to be non-functional open up new fields of scientific inquiry.
Oct. 28, 2020 • ~7 min
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An enzyme from papayas can turn pig blood into protein powder, report researchers. Right now, the blood ends up in animal feed.
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.
Sept. 21, 2020 • ~8 min
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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.
Sept. 18, 2020 • ~5 min
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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.
Aug. 20, 2020 • ~9 min
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