Mass General researchers create bioluminescent tag to detect DNA break repair

BOSTON – A new bioluminescent reporter that tracks DNA double stranded break (DSB) repair in cells has been developed by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Academia Sinica in Taiwan. The international team’s novel bioluminescent repair reporter (BLRR)-based system can be used to monitor DNA repair pathways directly in animals as well as…

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Detailed map of natural killer cells in COVID-19 patients expands understanding of innate immune response to SARS-CoV-2

A new study of 27 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 has provided a detailed map of natural killer (NK) cell responses to SARS-CoV-2 infection, revealing that specific characteristics of NK cell activation associate with different levels of disease severity. The findings are consistent with previous reports that NK cells exist in lower frequencies in the blood…

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COVID-19 pooling test method from Ben-Gurion U. IDs asymptomatic carriers

BEER-SHEVA, Israel, August 21, 2020 – A new peer-reviewed study published in Science Advances confirms the success of a new COVID-19 pooling test that identifies all positive subjects, including asymptomatic carriers, in a single round of testing. P-BEST, an algorithmic method for pooling-based efficient SARS-CoV-2 testing, was developed by a group of researchers from Ben-Gurion…

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Live Covid-19 Coverage: Global Updates

Here’s what you need to know: ImageThe Department of Health and Human Services is giving permission to pharmacists nationwide to administer all scheduled shots, including the flu vaccine, to children as young as 3.Credit…LM Otero/Associated Press U.S. health agencies announce moves to confront the flu season and plummeting child vaccination rates. Two top U.S. health agencies…

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Evan Kinori Makes Clothes for Men

SAN FRANCISCO — Is this a good time to talk about “enoughness?” It was in long-ago 1973 that the economist E.F. Schumacher first published “Small Is Beautiful,” a seminal (and, to the surprise of some, best-selling) collection of essays critiquing Western economics. Mr. Schumacher was among the first to champion sustainability, localization, small-scale industry and…

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