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Neutralizing antibodies: the Elite Squad to combat SARS-CoV-2 infection

The rapid global transmission of SARS-CoV-2 poses a severe health emergency affecting over 20 million people worldwide as of 12 August. The research communities have taken immediate and enormous actions in search of therapeutic and prophylactic interventions. The major strategies undertaken include repurposing "old" drugs,... click to read more

  • Guanqiao Li | Research Associate at Center for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine and Vanke School of Public Health, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • Yang Liu | Research Associate at Center for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine and Vanke School of Public Health, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • Linqi Zhang | Professor at Center for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine and Vanke School of Public Health, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Views 1133
Reading time 2.5 min
published on Nov 20, 2020
T cells: an essential but neglected component against COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has brought into our daily conversations scientific topics previously only discussed among scientists in academic environments. When the media inform us about the rise or fall of new cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the world, questions about immunity and protection follow... click to read more

  • Antonio Bertoletti | Professor at Emerging Infectious Diseases Program, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
  • Anthony Tan | Senior Research Fellow at Emerging Infectious Diseases Program, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
  • Nina Le Bert | Research Fellow at Emerging Infectious Diseases Program, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
Views 1630
Reading time 4.5 min
published on Nov 4, 2020
How the COVID-19 lockdown affected our sleeping patterns

Human biology and behavior change throughout the day. A primary internal timekeeper, located in the brain, and synchronized by light, controls these daily fluctuations. Social and cultural temporal cues are also able to set the time of our internal clock. Humans are a diurnal species:... click to read more

  • María Juliana Leone | Professor at Universidad Nacional de Quilmes – Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Views 1267
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Nov 3, 2020
Tumor infiltrating immune cells predict patient outcomes

There has been much investigation into the role of the body's immune system in fighting or promoting the development of cancer, and in recent years, one particular type of immune cell, the CD8 T cell, has been shown to be important for fighting cancer in... click to read more

  • Caroline S. Jansen | MD/PhD Student at Department of Urology, School of Medicine; Winship Cancer Institute; Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine; Emory Vaccine Centre, School of Medicine; Emory University , Atlanta, GA, USA
  • Haydn T. Kissick | Assistant Professor at Department of Urology, School of Medicine; Winship Cancer Institute; Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine; Emory Vaccine Centre, School of Medicine; Emory University , Atlanta, GA, USA
Views 1498
Reading time 3 min
published on Oct 14, 2020
Heart failure: unexpected role of stem cell treatments

Buzz words circulating around the medical profession and the media right now are "stem cell therapy". This treatment usually involves isolating adult cells from patients and injecting them to a specific place in a human body. There seems to be some promise in animal studies... click to read more

  • Emma J. Agnew | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Molecular Cardiovascular Biology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA
  • Ronald J. Vagnozzi | Research Instructor at Molecular Cardiovascular Biology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA
  • Jeffery D. Molkentin | Professor at Molecular Cardiovascular Biology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA
Views 1748
Reading time 3 min
published on Oct 5, 2020