Coronavirus: its impact cannot be explained away through the prism of race

There's no evidence COVID-19 death rates are related to the genetic differences used to racialise people.

Winston Morgan, Reader in Toxicology and Clinical Biochemistry, Director of Impact and Innovation, University of East London • conversation
yesterday ~8 min

Tags: genetics race racism coronavirus ethnic-minorities bame covid-19

Coronavirus: its impact cannot be explained through the prism of race

There's no evidence COVID-19 death rates are related to the genetic differences used to racialise people.

Winston Morgan, Reader in Toxicology and Clinical Biochemistry, Director of Impact and Innovation, University of East London • conversation
yesterday ~8 min

Tags: genetics race racism coronavirus ethnic-minorities bame covid-19

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

Is racism and bigotry in our DNA?

If we are not careful, the coronavirus pandemic could lead to a rise in xenophobic attitudes.

Tom Oliver, Professor of Applied Ecology, University of Reading • conversation
April 2, 2020 ~16 min

Tags:  psychology  genetics  evolution  dna  racism  ecology  environment  bigotry  xenophobia  lifes-big-questions

Labs are experimenting with new – but unproven – methods to create a coronavirus vaccine fast

Under pressure to develop a coronavirus vaccine, researchers have turned to protein synthesis, genetics and hybrid viruses. It is likely a mix of these approaches will be used to fight the coronavirus.

Jean Peccoud, Professor, Abell Chair in Synthetic Biology, Colorado State University • conversation
March 26, 2020 ~10 min

Tags:  genetics  dna  vaccines  rna  coronavirus  viruses  national-institutes-of-health  coronavirus-vaccine  covid-19  sars-cov-2

Modern tomatoes are very different from their wild ancestors – and we found missing links in their evolution

Through genetic detective work, scientists have identified missing links in the tomato’s evolution from a wild blueberry-sized fruit in South America to the larger modern tomato of today.

Ana Caicedo, Associate Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
Jan. 30, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  agriculture  genetics  evolution  crops  tomato  latin-america  genomics  plant-breeding  domestication  global-perspectives  research-brief

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