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Publication Date: November 13, 2020
Post Date: November 13, 2020
Researchers investigating the likelihood that genetics affect the risk of severe coronavirus disease found that A B cell autoimmune phenocopy of inborn errors of type I IFN immunity accounts for life-threatening COVID-19 pneumonia in at least 2.6 percent of women and 12.5 percent of men. This information may explain why men are more likely to have a severe case of COVID-19. This information can also be used to anticipate who is likely to develop a life-threatening case of COVID-19.

Tags: COVID-19SARS-CoVgenetic patterns

Publication Date: November 12, 2020
Post Date: November 13, 2020
Biotechnologists have been attempting to reprogram natural cell organelles for other processes for some time—with mixed results. A researcher at the Institute for Molecular Biosciences has now developed a new method to produce artificial organelles in living yeast cells. This is significant in that yeast cells produce many useful natural substances, and can also be genetically altered to produce industrial molecules on a grand scale, such as biofuels or anti-malaria drugs.

Tags: biotechnologysynthetic biologypharmaceutical manufacturing

Publication Date: November 12, 2020
Post Date: November 12, 2020
Researchers found that American's behavioral responses to the COVID-19 pandemic differ by age and change over time. With time, all age groups were more likely to engage in risky behavior, while at the beginning of the pandemic older people were more likely to practice pandemic-mitigating behaviors.

Tags: COVID-19infectious disease responsepandemic response

Publication Date: November 12, 2020
Post Date: November 12, 2020
Globally, influenza activity remained at lower levels than expected for this time of the year. In the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere, influenza activity remained below inter-seasonal levels, though sporadic influenza detections were reported in some countries.

Tags: influenza

Publication Date: November 12, 2020
Post Date: November 12, 2020
In recent publications, the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance and France's consumer interest association UFC-Que Choisir reported that 6.2 percent of respondents to their 9,000 person survey were unable to receive their antimalarial, rheumatic disease treatments. UFC-Que Choisir also found that for 140 drugs of major therapeutic interest (e.g., antibiotics, anti-cancer drugs) 12 percent of the time providers could only offer alternatives like reducing dosages.

Tags: COVID-19drug supply chainpharmaceuticals

Publication Date: November 11, 2020
Post Date: November 12, 2020
Wearing a mask protects the wearer, and not just other people, from the coronavirus, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasized in an updated scientific brief issued Tuesday, November 10. The protective benefits of masks are stronger the more people wear masks consistently and correctly, the agency said.

Tags: COVID-19personal protective equipmentcoronavirus

Publication Date: November 10, 2020
Post Date: November 13, 2020
With rising rates of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations throughout the US and the world, healthcare personnel need a faster, more reliable, and cost-efficient test to evaluate populations. Now a "microlab" device has been created that detects the presence of the novel coronavirus in minutes by utilizing the gene-editing technique CRISPR as a "lab on a chip."

Tags: COVID-19CRISPRdiagnostic technology

Publication Date: November 10, 2020
Post Date: November 13, 2020
Scientists have developed a technique that could revolutionize the accuracy and ease to which health professionals can detect biomechanical alterations of cells and tissues. A study derived by an international collaboration between the University of Exeter, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the University of Perugia (Italy) and the Institute of Materials of the National Research Council of Italy (IOM-CNR) applied an innovative biophotonic approach to highlight how the microscopic processes drive mechanical modification in biological tissues.

Tags: biomedical research

Publication Date: November 10, 2020
Post Date: November 13, 2020
Organizations are increasingly moving to adopt methods of biometric authentication as a large number of workers globally move to remote work. The shift away from SMS authentication and toward cloud-based multi-factor authentication has surged as corporations seek to protect data and intellectual property subject to potential interception.
Publication Date: November 10, 2020
Post Date: November 10, 2020
Since July 2016, São Paulo, Brazil has experienced the largest yellow fever outbreak in decades. São Paulo is the most densely populated state in southeast Brazil. In Brazil, yellow fever virus mostly circulates among non-human primates (NHPs), while human cases represent isolated spill over events. Researchers sought to contextualize human cases, identify epizootic foci and uncover the rate and direction of yellow fever spread in São Paulo.

Tags: yellow feveryellow fever epidemiologyzoonotic disease