Research shows how mutations in SARS-CoV-2 allow the virus to dodge immune defenses

The vast majority of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 clear the virus, but those with compromised immunity–such as individuals receiving immune-suppressive drugs for autoimmune diseases–can become chronically infected. As a result, their weakened immune defenses continue to attack the virus without being able to eradicate it fully. This physiological tug-of-war between human host and pathogen offers…

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New study predicts changing Lyme disease habitat across the West Coast

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — March 16, 2021 — The findings of a recent analysis conducted by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an affiliate of City of Hope, suggest that ecosystems suitable for harboring ticks that carry debilitating Lyme disease could be more widespread than previously thought in California, Oregon and Washington. Bolstering the research were…

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