Scientists Scan for Weaknesses in the SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein
Scientists Scan for Weaknesses in the SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein
The virus’s tool for prying open host cells is coated in a protective armor of sugar—but gaps may offer vulnerability to disruption by antibodies.
Scientists Scan for Weaknesses in the SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein
Scientists Scan for Weaknesses in the SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein

The virus’s tool for prying open host cells is coated in a protective armor of sugar—but gaps may offer vulnerability to disruption by antibodies.

The virus’s tool for prying open host cells is coated in a protective armor of sugar—but gaps may offer vulnerability to disruption by antibodies.

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Scientists Around the Globe Pivot Their Research to SARS-CoV-2
Scientists Around the Globe Pivot Their Research to SARS-CoV-2
Diana Kwon | Apr 6, 2020
Researchers have rapidly identified ways to apply their expertise to help end the pandemic.
Blood Pressure Meds Point the Way to Possible COVID-19 Treatment
Blood Pressure Meds Point the Way to Possible COVID-19 Treatment
Ashley Yeager | Apr 2, 2020
There is little evidence that antihypertensive drugs worsen COVID-19, and scientists are instead exploring the idea that such medications—or their downstream effects—may actually alleviate symptoms.
Facial Expressions Decoded in Mice
Facial Expressions Decoded in Mice
Ruth Williams | Apr 2, 2020
A combination of videography, machine learning, and brain imaging has identified facial expressions and neural activity patterns in mice that are associated with their emotions.
Some Coronavirus Researchers are Running Low on Masks
Some Coronavirus Researchers are Running Low on Masks
Katarina Zimmer | Apr 1, 2020
A large-scale shortage of respirators and face shields threatens progress in some labs that are currently trying to ramp up their studies of SARS-CoV-2.
Cells’ Response to SARS-CoV-2 Different from Flu, RSV
Cells’ Response to SARS-CoV-2 Different from Flu, RSV
Abby Olena | Mar 31, 2020
The host transcriptional signature elicited by the coronavirus appears to be less robust and lacks the induction of key antiviral genes.
Africa Contributes SARS-CoV-2 Sequencing to COVID-19 Tracking
Africa Contributes SARS-CoV-2 Sequencing to COVID-19 Tracking
Munyaradzi Makoni | Mar 30, 2020
In recent years, laboratories on the continent have ramped up genomic sequencing capabilities, offering in-country analyses rather than outsourcing the job.
Animal Facilities Make Tough Decisions as Pandemic Closes Labs
Animal Facilities Make Tough Decisions as Pandemic Closes Labs
Abby Olena | Mar 27, 2020
Many researchers have stopped breeding mice, reduced the size of colonies, and established contingency plans in case animal care staff get sick.
Universities Issue Hiring Freezes in Response to COVID-19
Universities Issue Hiring Freezes in Response to COVID-19
Amy Schleunes | Mar 26, 2020
Graduate students and postdocs are left wondering about the implications for their academic careers.
Locally Made COVID-19 Tests Help Meet Demands
Locally Made COVID-19 Tests Help Meet Demands
Claire Jarvis | Mar 25, 2020
Hospitals and commercial companies are testing thousands of patients for COVID-19 daily, but face reagent and supply shortages.