Wei Hsi “Ariel” Yeh dedicated her research in chemistry to solving some of the vast genetic mysteries behind hearing loss.
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Rapid home-based coronavirus tests are coming together in research labs — we’re working on analyzing spit using advanced CRISPR gene editing techniques
Testing for coronavirus has been a fiasco in the US. But now companies are developing super fast tests, including ones that might eventually be as simple as at home pregnancy tests.
May 20, 2020 • ~10 min
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Applied computational biology discoveries vastly expand the range of CRISPR’s access to DNA sequences.
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Using engineered binder proteins to detect viral proteins or antibodies rather than RNA, new tests may overcome current challenges in testing for SARS-CoV-2 virus.
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Tiny parts of our genome once thought useless are being turned into ways to diagnose and treat disease.
May 18, 2020 • ~6 min
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New pesticides that give plants their own defenses against insects are headed to market. A new method is the first to detect them in dirt.
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Differently shaped RNA molecules allow HIV to express different genes from the same RNA sequence.
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Vaccine development is usually a long process. The coronavirus pandemic is forcing researchers to innovate and test potential vaccines faster than ever before.
May 8, 2020 • ~10 min
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We found and tested 47 old drugs that might treat the coronavirus: Results show promising leads and a whole new way to fight COVID-19
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, identified nine existing drugs that show promise to treat COVID-19. The proteins they target haven't been tried before.
April 30, 2020 • ~10 min
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The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 is constantly mutating. What do this mutations reveal about this virus's evolution? And will this knowledge help us to develop a long-lasting vaccine?
April 6, 2020 • ~7 min
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