Research out of Boston University shows "Nanosponges" could act as a decoy and prevent the SARS-CoV-2 virus from taking hold of lung cells. This Research was supported by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Joint Science and Technology office for Chemical and Biological Defense.
A recent study found 30% of all published papers since January 2020 on COVID-19 were authored by women. This study suggests gender biases seem to be affecting COVID-19 research similar to other scientific areas, highlighting that women are consistently being under-represented.
The new bio revolution will be knowledge gained from DNA sequencing and artificial intelligence to engineer organisms, such as curing incurable diseases or modifying crops to be more heat- or drought-resistant—traits that are ever more important given climate change.
A new study from chemical engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas made a leap forward in developing artificial kidneys. The researchers created a device that was able to filter blood in a way similar to biological nephrons.
A new study identified acompound, SCH-79797, that kills both Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria through a unique dual-targeting mechanism of action with undetectably low resistance frequencies. This study found the compound was effective against E. coli to MRSA.
A recent study in Nature found shutdown orders prevented 60 million COVID-19 infections in the United States and 285 million COVID-19 infections in China.
This study analyzed the transmission of coronavirus disease outside of the Daegu-Gyeongsangbuk provincial region in South Korea. The study estimated that nonpharmaceutical measures reduced transmissibility by a maximum of 34% without resorting to a strict lockdown strategy.
The World Health Organization reported the cumulative case-count of confirmed COVID-19 in the WHO African Region has topped 100 000 as the pandemic continues to grow. The trajectory of the pandemic in the region is on the rise, both in terms of case incidence and mortality. Meanwhile, many countries in the region are now easing confinement measures introduced to control the spread of the virus.
The World Health Organization reports that health authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have confirmed a fresh Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Mbandaka Health Zone, Équateur Province in the north-western part of the country. This event comes at a time when the 42-day countdown to the end of the EVD outbreak in Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu Provinces was relaunched following re-emergence of the outbreak in Beni. As of 1 June 2020, a total of six EVD cases, including three confirmed and three probable cases have been reported.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recently reported 250,000 of the world's 732,000 COVID-19 cases were in Latin America.