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Monoclonal antibodies that are effective against all COVID-19 -related viruses

In late 2019, a novel coronavirus approximately 80% similar to the virus that caused the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 was first reported in China. This virus designated as SARS-2 (the COVID-19 virus) later swept through the globe, causing millions of infections and... click to read more

  • Wan Ni Chia | Senior Research Fellow at Duke-NUS Medical School
Views 1703
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 31, 2024
Plagued for millennia: The complex transmission and ecology of prehistoric Yersinia pestis

Yersinia pestis is the bacterium that causes plague, a zoonotic disease transmitted from rodents to humans via fleas. It is also renowned for being involved in three pandemics throughout human history. In recent years it has become evident that Y. pestis’ association with humans predates... click to read more

  • Aida Andrades Valtueña | Postdoctoral Researcher at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Gunnar U. Neumann | PhD Student at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Alexander Herbig | Research Group Leader at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Views 1869
Reading time 3 min
published on Jul 31, 2023
How cellular transport can be explained with a flip book

Transport belongs to the most important mechanisms in all living cells. To transport substances in and out of the cell, proteins form transporters in the cellular membranes. One kind of transporters, the so-called ABC-transporters, can be found in almost all organisms, from bacteria to humans.... click to read more

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Reading time 3 min
published on Jun 5, 2023
The Achilles’ heel of superbugs that survive salty dry conditions

Nosocomial infection is an infectious disease acquired from hospitals or other healthcare facilities. It is also known as hospital-acquired infection or healthcare associated infection. These infections are normally spread to the immunocompromised patients, particularly those who are admitted to the intensive care unit, causing severe... click to read more

Views 1893
Reading time 4 min
published on Apr 24, 2023
New chemistry in unusual bacteria displays drug-like activity

 Where do drugs come from? Most clinical molecules are either produced by chemists in a laboratory, or naturally in living organisms. While synthetic chemistry is a pipeline to drug discovery, nature-made molecules continue to have an important role as drug templates. Certain soil bacteria called... click to read more

  • Grace Dekoker | Undergraduate Research Assistant at Washington University in St. Louis
  • Joshua Blodgett | Professor at Washington University in St. Louis
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 21, 2023