Infographic about SLiMs in SARS-CoV-2 Infection
Infographic: Short Protein Motifs Role in SARS-CoV-2 Infection
Known as SLiMs, these stretches of up to 10 amino acids play notable roles in cell biology, including responses to viral invasion.
ABOVE: © Scott Leighton
Infographic: Short Protein Motifs Role in SARS-CoV-2 Infection
Infographic: Short Protein Motifs Role in SARS-CoV-2 Infection

Known as SLiMs, these stretches of up to 10 amino acids play notable roles in cell biology, including responses to viral invasion.

Known as SLiMs, these stretches of up to 10 amino acids play notable roles in cell biology, including responses to viral invasion.

ABOVE: © Scott Leighton
infectious disease
Conceptual image of coronavirus, SARS?Cov?2 infects a human cell
Viruses Target Super-Short Protein Motifs to Disrupt Host Biology
Conchita Fraguas Bringas , Jakob Nilsson | May 16, 2022
Only recently appreciated as critical components of cellular functions, unstructured stretches of amino acids called SLiMs are key to viral-host interactions.
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Is the Immune System to Blame for Schizophrenia?
Diana Kwon | Apr 18, 2022
Several lines of evidence suggest that targeting the body’s defense pathways might help treat a subset of people with the psychiatric disorder. But many open questions remain.
Don Ingber discusses how organ-on-a-chip technology helps identify, study, and combat viral variants that could cause the next pandemic.
The Scientist Speaks - Preventing the Next Pandemic with Organ Chips
Nele Haelterman, PhD | Mar 30, 2022
Don Ingber discusses how organ-on-a-chip technology helps identify, study, and combat viral variants that could cause the next pandemic.
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Infographic: How the Body’s Defenses Attack the Brain
Diana Kwon | Apr 18, 2022
Scientists have pinpointed several pathways through which the immune system could disrupt neuronal functioning and thereby lead to psychotic symptoms.
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Wet Weather Brings Japanese Encephalitis to Australia
Shawna Williams | Apr 14, 2022
Southern Australia has recorded its first-ever cases of the disease in an outbreak that has so far killed three people.
Salmonella living within macrophages can survive antibiotic treatment and potentially give rise to resistance by two different mechanisms that slow or arrest their growth.
Bacteria Go Dormant to Survive Antibiotics and Restart Infections
Niki Spahich, PhD | Mar 7, 2022
In Salmonella, two seemingly similar antibiotic survival strategies result from very different molecular mechanisms.
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Editorial: When Will This Pandemic Officially End?
Bob Grant | Mar 11, 2022
And does it even matter?
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WHO Scientist Mwele Malecela Dies at 59
Pradip Chatterjee | Mar 4, 2022
Her achievements included developing a roadmap to tackle neglected tropical diseases.
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The Scientist Creative Services Team, Canopy Biosciences | Feb 22, 2022
J. Spencer Schwarz discusses how ChipCytometry™ Spatial Multiplexing Technology advances spatial biology research
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SARS-CoV-2 in the Air: What’s Known and What Isn’t
Alejandra Manjarrez | Feb 18, 2022
Evidence suggests that COVID-19 is primarily an airborne disease. Yet the details of how transmission occurs are still debated and frequently misunderstood.
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Woman Seemingly Cured of HIV After Umbilical Cord Transplant
Natalia Mesa | Feb 16, 2022
Umbilical cord blood may be a good alternative to bone marrow transplants for treating HIV in patients with HIV and cancer.
Discover Genetic Influences on the Immune Response
The Genetics Behind Immune Response Variability
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Jan 31, 2022
Researchers seek genomic clues to understand differences in the immune response to infection.
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Pet Hamsters Spread SARS-CoV-2 in Hong Kong: Preprint
Natalia Mesa | Feb 4, 2022
Scientists linked hamsters in a Hong Kong pet shop to 50 cases of the Delta variant in what appears to be the second documented occurrence of animals infecting people with SARS-CoV-2.
illustration of green viral particles flowing into a person's nostril
First COVID-19 Human Challenge Trial Reveals Uneven Susceptibility
Shawna Williams | Feb 3, 2022
Only half of volunteers deliberately exposed to SARS-CoV-2 developed an infection. None developed serious symptoms, paving the way for further challenge trials.
Molecular Farming: The Future of Pharmaceuticals
The Scientist Speaks - Molecular Farming: The Future of Pharmaceuticals
Niki Spahich, PhD | Nov 16, 2021
Julian Ma discusses past, present, and future uses of plant biotechnology for disease treatments.
Artist’s rendering of brain fog: a bright blue drawing of a brain sits inside of a pink drawing of a head in profile surrounded by miscellaneous shapes
Brain Fog Caused by Long COVID and Chemo Appear Similar
Dan Robitzski | Jan 28, 2022
Data from mouse models for mild coronavirus infections and human tissue samples offer further evidence that it doesn’t take a severe infection—or even infection of brain cells at all—to cause long-term neurological symptoms.
Illustration of SARS-CoV-2 virus in red and blue
Scientists Investigate Omicron Subvariant BA.2
Catherine Offord | Jan 28, 2022
This strain of SARS-CoV-2 is causing new outbreaks in Europe and Asia and may spread slightly faster than the better-known BA.1 Omicron subvariant, although it’s too early to say for sure.
Ancient Secrets of the Plague
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Niki Spahich, PhD | Nov 10, 2021
Simon Rasmussen discusses his research tracking the origins of the plague by analyzing ancient DNA.
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Doubts Raised Over Whether Mice Can Truly Inherit Immunity
David Adam | Jan 26, 2022
An independent lab fails to replicate results suggesting mammals exposed to pathogens could pass on immunological protections through epigenetic mechanisms.