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.
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.
Relatively Stable SARS-CoV-2 Genome Is Good News for a Vaccine
Relatively Stable SARS-CoV-2 Genome Is Good News for a Vaccine
Amy Schleunes | Mar 25, 2020
The small number of genetic differences between the original strain of the novel coronavirus from Wuhan and those currently circulating in the US population indicates that a vaccine may likely offer lasting immunity.
Image of the Day: Coronavirus Samples
Image of the Day: Coronavirus Samples
Amy Schleunes | Mar 18, 2020
The University of Washington department of laboratory medicine in Seattle processes a backlog of COVID-19 samples.
Which Species Transmit COVID-19 to Humans? We’re Still Not Sure.
Which Species Transmit COVID-19 to Humans? We’re Still Not Sure.
Claire Jarvis | Mar 16, 2020
Preliminary modeling studies provide a shortlist of potential coronavirus intermediate host species.
SARS-CoV-2 Can Live on Plastic and Steel for 2–3 Days
SARS-CoV-2 Can Live on Plastic and Steel for 2–3 Days
Kerry Grens | Mar 12, 2020
A preprint indicates that coronavirus transmission from surfaces is possible, but does not provide evidence that this has occurred in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Theory that Coronavirus Escaped from a Lab Lacks Evidence
Theory that Coronavirus Escaped from a Lab Lacks Evidence
Emily Makowski | Mar 5, 2020
The pathogen appears to have come from wild animals, virologists say, and there are no signs of genetic manipulation in the SARS-CoV-2 genome.
How COVID-19 Is Spread
How COVID-19 Is Spread
Catherine Offord | Feb 21, 2020
Scientists’ latest understanding of the facts, the suspicions, and the discounted rumors of SARS-CoV-2’s transmission from person to person
Follow the Coronavirus Outbreak
Follow the Coronavirus Outbreak
The Scientist Staff | Feb 20, 2020
Coronavirus possibly in aerosols; blood pressure meds don’t appear to increase COVID-19 severity; cats and ferrets can catch SARS-CoV-2