Staff at Berkeley Lab’s X-Ray facility mobilize to support COVID-19-related research

X-rays allow researchers to map out the 3D structure of proteins relevant to diseases at the scale of molecules and atoms, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab’s) Advanced Light Source (ALS) X-ray facility has been recalled to action to support research related to COVID-19, the coronavirus disease that has already infected about 2 million…

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Making chemistry education more engaging with computers

The recent COVID-19 outbreak has been the main reason behind several temporary school closures around the world. This has made the idea of continuing to pursue educational activities during this time a challenging proposition. The current lockdowns implemented in different countries has forced schoolteachers who wish to complete their current teaching periods to transition immediately…

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UCI team develops smartphone application for coronavirus contact tracing

Irvine, Calif., April 15, 2020 — On Tuesday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom suggested that reopening the state’s economy will require six steps, the first of which involves «tracing and tracking individuals» in order to identify those who need to remain in isolation. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have developed a tool that could…

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Ludwig MSK study reveals bile metabolite of gut microbes boosts immune cells

APRIL 15, 2020, NEW YORK— A Ludwig Cancer Research study has discovered a novel means by which bacterial colonies in the small intestine support the generation of regulatory T cells—immune cells that suppress autoimmune reactions and inflammation. The study, led by Ludwig MSK Director Alexander Rudensky and published in Nature, demonstrates that a microbial metabolite—the…

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Cochrane Rapid Review Update: Protective clothes and equipment for healthcare workers to prevent them catching coronavirus and other highly infectious diseases

The Cochrane Review, «Personal protective equipment for preventing highly infectious diseases due to exposure to contaminated body fluids in healthcare staff,» has been updated as a rapid review in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The full review is now published in the Cochrane Library and freely available here. Plain language summary — Protective clothes and…

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ISSCR takes 2020 Annual Meeting virtual

Skokie, IL -In response to escalating concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the ISSCR is transforming its in-person annual meeting on 24-27 June, 2020 to a virtual event, ISSCR 2020 Virtual. «The Society remains committed to creating exceptional opportunities to share, discuss, and present new science in the stem cell field,» said Deepak Srivastava, ISSCR President.…

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With an NSF RAPID grant, NJIT engineers build a new model to track COVID-19

A team of environmental engineers at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is developing a new way to track the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus, by combining advanced statistical methods with models that incorporate environmental conditions, such as wind speed, temperature and social distancing. To date, modelers are largely tracking the growth in the…

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Australia’s Centre for Digestive Diseases cures Crohn’s disease in new study

The Centre for Digestive Disease (CDD) headed by Professor Thomas Borody has cured Crohn’s Disease as reported today by Dr Gaurav Agrawal in Gut Pathogens. Professor Borody is internationally recognised for curing stomach ulcers caused by H. Pylori, and is currently researching the infection connection associated with heart disease. He is also a leader in…

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Breathing heavy wildfire smoke may increase risk of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

DALLAS, April 15, 2020 — Exposure to heavy smoke during recent California wildfires raised the risk of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests up to 70%, according to new research published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the open access journal of the American Heart Association. Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart abruptly stops beating…

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