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.
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A CRISPR-based test developed at MIT and the Broad Institute can detect nearly as many cases as the standard Covid-19 diagnostic.
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In a new study, people with an untreated vitamin D deficiency were almost twice as likely to test positive for COVID-19 as people without a deficiency.
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Using random testing, researchers in Indiana were able to calculate death rates by age, race, and sex and found sharp increases in risk of death among older and non-white state residents.
Sept. 10, 2020 • ~7 min
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More dengue fever and less malaria – mosquito control strategies may need to shift as Africa heats up
A warming climate may change the types of viruses that thrive. A new report suggests that the threat of malaria may be replaced by dengue, for which there is no treatment and no cure.
Sept. 9, 2020 • ~5 min
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UV disinfection is a proven means of killing pathogens like the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but it's not risk-free.
Sept. 9, 2020 • ~9 min
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Dangerous bacteria is showing up in school water systems, reminding all buildings reopening amid COVID-19 to check the pipes
When water stagnates in pipes, harmful metals and bacteria can accumulate and make people sick. Buildings that were shut down for weeks during the pandemic may be at risk.
Sept. 8, 2020 • ~8 min
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A new approach that shows how the immune system responds to vaccination could lead to ways to build a better flu vaccine, researchers say.
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