How mutant zebrafish helped unlock the secret to their stripes – new research

We wanted to find out which biological phenomena are crucial for pattern formation and which are just incidental. These sorts of questions can be answered with mathematical modelling.

Christian Yates, Senior Lecturer in Mathematical Biology, University of Bath • conversation
July 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: zebrafish mathematical-modelling pigment cells patterns

The mystery of the missing portrait of Robert Hooke, 17th-century scientist extraordinaire

Online sleuthing and deductive reasoning identifies what appears to be the only existent portrait painted of the celebrated scientist during his lifetime.

Larry Griffing, Associate Professor of Biology, Texas A&M University • conversation
July 27, 2020 ~10 min

Tags:  history-of-science  scientists  scientist  cells  royal-society  portraiture  mathematicians  isaac-newton  portrait-painting

ACE2: the molecule that helps coronavirus invade your cells

A molecule responsible for lowering our blood pressure also helps coronavirus get into our cells and replicate. And it occurs more in men than in women.

David C Gaze, Lecturer in Clinical Biochemistry, University of Westminster • conversation
May 12, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus blood-pressure severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome-sars ace2 cells sars-cov2

Your genes could determine whether the coronavirus puts you in the hospital – and we're starting to unravel which ones matter

Researchers from Oregon Health and Science University found that variations in genes that code for parts of the cellular alarm system might play a role in how well people fight off COVID-19.

Reid Thompson, Assistant Professor of Radiation Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: genetics covid-19 coronavirus immune-system biology genes t-cells immune-cells disease viruses research-brief white-blood-cells immune cells computational-biology

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.

Nevan Krogan, Professor and Director of Quantitative Biosciences Institute & Senior Investigator at the Gladstone Institutes, University of California, San Francisco • conversation
April 30, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: drugs health drug-discovery covid-19 coronavirus rna fda sars-cov-2 viruses hydroxychloroquine cells progesterone treatments anti-virals

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