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ImmunityBio and Microsoft team up to precisely model how key COVID-19 protein leads to infection

An undertaking that involved combining massive amounts of graphics processing power could provide key leverage for researchers looking to develop potential cures and treatments for the novel coronavirus behind the current global pandemic. Immunotherapy startup ImmunityBio is working with Microsoft’s Azure to deliver a combined 24 petaflops of GPU computing capability for the purposes of modelling, in a very high degree of detail, the structure o the so-called “spike protein” that allows the SARS...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Microsoft, Tech, Nvidia, Vaccination, Machine Learning, Vaccine, Biotech, Viruses, Gpu, Coronavirus, COVID-19, ImmunityBio

A new FDA-authorized COVID-19 test doesn’t need a lab and can produce results in just 5 minutes

There’s a new COVID-19 test from healthcare technology maker Abbott that looks to be the fastest yet in terms of producing results, and that can do so on the spot right at point-of-care, without requiring a round trip to a lab. This test for the novel coronavirus causing the current global pandemic has received emergency clearance for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and will begin production next week, with output of 50,000 per day possible starting next week. The new Abbott ID ...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Medicine, Tech, United States, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Biotech, Viruses, Infection, Abbott, Veterinary Medicine, U S Food and Drug Administration, Coronavirus

The FDA just okayed multiple 15-minute blood tests to screen for coronavirus, but there are caveats

On Thursday, the FDA amended their emergency policy around diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Following on a change made March 16, the agency opened the door for a number of specific private entities and labs to develop and distribute tests that can provide results on the spot in as little as 15 minutes – but there are some pretty big caveats to keep in mind as you hear about more of these coming to market. The tests, which are ‘serological,’ meaning t...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Medicine, China, Singapore, Tech, Taiwan, United States, Fda, Viruses, Infection, China Taiwan, EUA, Fox Rothschild, Coronavirus

Frontiers launches a portal to help connect coronavirus and COVID-19 research with funding

Open science platform and publisher Frontiers wants to make sure that efforts by researchers to pursue science-based solutions to the global coronavirus pandemic, and learn more about the virus and the COVID-19 disease it causes, find the funding they need. They launched a new portal to do just that, which is updated daily, and lists open funding calls, including the grant type, deadline, organization behind it, and specific area it supports. Sources include governments, non-profits, and commerc...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Tech, Research, Biotech, Viruses, Frontiers, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID

New crowdsourced COVID-19 symptom map could build a more complete pandemic picture

A new initiative by the Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School could provide a new kind of signal for those studying the spread of the coronavirus pandemic across the U.S. The ‘Covid Near You’ map developed by researchers at both organizations, asks individuals to self-report any potential COVID-19 symptoms, as well as if they’ve taken a test, and then maps that activity on a rolling two week basis. This isn’t a map of confirmed COVID-19 cases – other sources for that information ...
Tags: Health, Google, Startups, TC, Science, United States, World Health Organization, Viruses, Kinsa, Boston Children s Hospital, World Health Organization WHO, Harvard Medical School, John Hopkins, Coronavirus, COVID-19

New coronavirus research suggests vaccines developed to treat it could be long-lasting

A new study from Italian researchers suggests that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which is the cause of the COVID-19 pandemic currently causing a global health crisis, is relatively slow to mutate – meaning that any effective vaccine that is developed to prevent people from getting infected should be broadly effective across geographically separated populations, and over a relatively long period of time. The research, conducted by two independent teams working separate from one another, including s...
Tags: Health, TC, UK, Science, Medicine, Tech, Rome, United Kingdom, Flu, Viruses, Wuhan, Thermo Fisher Scientific, John Hopkins University, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Ancona University Hospital

NVIDIA makes its GPU-powered genome sequencing tool available free to those studying COVID-19

NVIDIA is making its Parabricks tool available for free for 90 days (with the possibility of extension, depending on needs) to any researcher currently working on any effort to combat the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic and spread of COVID-19. The tool is a GPU-accelerated genome analysis toolkit, which leveraged graphics processing power to take a process that previously took days, but that through its use can be accomplished in just a matter of hours. Researchers will still need access t...
Tags: TC, Science, Hardware, Biology, Tech, Nvidia, Illness, Viruses, Gpu, Gene Sequencing, DNA sequencing, Parabricks, Server Farm, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Boris Johnson Jokes With CEOs That Ventilator Crisis Should Be Called 'Operation Last Gasp': Report

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has come under fire for mismanaging his country’s response to the covid-19 crisis in the United Kingdom, almost as poorly as President Donald Trump across the Atlantic. But Johnson’s latest comments, made on a conference call with British CEOs, might be the worst thing he’s said yet about…Read more...
Tags: Science, France, Germany, Atlantic, United Kingdom, Italy, Disease, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Viruses, Donald Trump, Pandemics, Imperial College, Unipart, President Trump, Coronavirus

Doctors Appear to Have Cured a Second Person of HIV

A new study out Tuesday seems to confirm a remarkable achievement in the world of HIV research. A London man living with HIV who received an experimental stem cell transplant has appeared free of the virus for at least 30 months despite no longer taking medication. They say it’s strong evidence that he may be cured of…Read more...
Tags: Science, London, Hiv, Viruses, London Patient

Disneyland Paris Worker Tests Positive For Coronavirus But No Plans to Close Park

A maintenance worker at Disneyland Paris in France has tested positive for the new coronavirus that has sickened over 111,000 and killed at least 3,800 people globally, according to a new report from Reuters and France’s Le Parisien.Read more...
Tags: Florida, Science, California, France, Disney, Disneyland, Viruses, Disneyland Paris, Reuters, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Close Park

Congressman Who Mocked Emergency Coronavirus Bill Goes Into Self-Quarantine

When the U.S. House passed an emergency $8.3 billion spending bill to battle the coronavirus epidemic last week, Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona questioned the tremendous cost. But Gosar announced last night that he and his staff are going into self-quarantine after it was revealed that Gosar recently spent an…Read more...
Tags: Science, Republicans, Ted Cruz, Arizona, Epidemics, Disease, Viruses, Donald Trump, Pandemics, U S House, Gosar, CPAC, Paul Gosar, Conservative Political Action Conference, President Trump, Coronavirus

Trump Claims No One Heard of Ebola Before 2014 in Rambling Press Conference

President Donald Trump claimed the novel coronavirus was very much under control in the United States at a news conference from India where he was asked about the spread of COVID-19 around the world. Trump acknowledged that the massive drop in the U.S. stock market Monday was unfortunate, but said the U.S. was in…Read more...
Tags: South Korea, Ebola, Science, Cdc, India, Public Health, United States, Italy, Disease, Vietnam, Viruses, Donald Trump, New Delhi, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Pandemics, Trump

Iran Denies Cover-Up After Lawmaker Contradicts Official Coronavirus Figures, Says 50 Dead

A member of Iran’s parliament announced on Monday that 50 people had died from the new coronavirus in the city of Qom and accused Iran’s Health Ministry of covering up the true extent of the outbreak in the country. The Health Ministry claims just 12 people have died in Iran from COVID-19, with 66 people sick from the…Read more...
Tags: South Korea, Science, China, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Canada, Italy, Disease, Illness, Viruses, Bahrain, Kuwait, Pandemics, Qom, Health Ministry

Scientists Find Over 300 'Huge' Viruses With Strange Abilities

Scientists are continuing to discover weird-as-hell viruses all over the world. This week, researchers detailed their finding of relatively mammoth bacteriophages, viruses that infect bacteria. These large microorganisms don’t just dwarf typical viruses in size—they also seem capable of complex tricks normally only…Read more...
Tags: Science, Viruses, Bacteriophages

Cruise Ship Previously Rejected by Five Countries Over Virus Fears Will Finally Be Allowed to Dock

The Westerdam cruise ship will be allowed to dock in Cambodia, according to a new statement from cruise ship operator Holland America Line. The ship had previously been refused entry by five countries over concerns that passengers might have been infected with the new coronavirus that has killed 1,116 and sickened…Read more...
Tags: Cruises, Health, Japan, Science, China, Thailand, Cambodia, Who, World Health Organization, Outbreak, Viruses, Cruise Ships, Holland America, Carnival Cruises, Sihanoukville, Guam

'Puzzling' Virus Found in Brazil Has Genetic Material Not Seen in Anything Else

Scientists in Brazil say they’ve made a mysterious discovery. They claim to have found a virus made of genetic material never before seen elsewhere. But you likely have nothing to fear from this virus: It seems to only hunt amoebas.Read more...
Tags: Science, Brazil, Evolution, Viruses

Deadly Mystery Virus Spreads Outside China to New Countries

Health officials in Thailand and Japan have announced that a strange new virus, which has killed two people and sickened dozens of others in China, has appeared inside their borders this week. The virus, known as 2019-nCoV, was first identified in Wuhan, China in late December and questions remain about how it…
Tags: Health, Japan, Science, China, Thailand, Healthcare, Seafood, Who, World Health Organization, Viruses, Pneumonia, Hubei Province, Wuhan China, Contagion, 2019 Ncov, Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market

The Mystery Virus in China Might Be an Undiscovered Cousin of SARS, Scientists Say

Scientists in China think they’ve made a break in the case of a mystery disease that’s caused pneumonia in dozens of people. In several patients, they’ve found a virus never before discovered—albeit one related to the viruses responsible for causing SARS and other respiratory illnesses.Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Infectious Diseases, Viruses, Outbreaks

Measles Cases in 2019 Have Hit a 25-Year High Amid Ongoing Outbreaks, CDC Says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday said that measles cases hit a higher number this year than has been reported since 1994. If the outbreaks continue as they are, the health agency says it could cost the U.S. its elimination status.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Viruses, Measles, Measles Outbreak

Someone Spent $1.3 Million on Laptop Infected With Six of The Most Destructive Computer Viruses

A used Samsung NC10 cost less than $200. But a used Samsung NC10 with six of the most dangerous types of malware is apparently worth $1.345 million—so long as it’s art.Read more...
Tags: Security, Art, Science, Privacy, Samsung, Malware, Viruses

Around-the-World Expedition Finds 200,000 Species of Viruses in the Oceans

After traveling around the world, sampling the ocean from pole to pole, scientists have uncovered nearly 200,000 populations of marine viruses.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Oceans, Viruses, Marine Biology, Biochemistry, Ocean Life

Antivax Parents Sue Over Mandatory Vaccination Order in New York (Which Has a Major Measles Outbreak)

A group of five unnamed mothers are suing the city of New York, trying to get it to block a mandatory measles-mumps-rubella vaccination order city officials ordered earlier this month in specific ZIP codes in Brooklyn amid a major measles outbreak.Read more...
Tags: Health, New York, Science, Medicine, Brooklyn, Outbreak, Vaccines, Viruses, Measles, Antivaxxers, Antivax, Mmr Vaccine

CDC Convenes Task Force to Investigate Rare Illness Paralyzing Kids Across the Country

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is taking things up a notch to investigate a mysterious polio-like disease that’s paralyzing young children. Earlier this week, the agency announced it would form a task force to better treat and confirm the cause of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), seemingly in response to…Read more...
Tags: Science, Public Health, Infectious Diseases, Viruses, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Acute Flaccid Myelitis

CDC Report Offers New Insights Into Last Winter's Historically Deadly Flu

Last year’s flu season was one of the worst ones we’ve seen in decades, with nearly 80,000 flu-related deaths and the highest hospitalization rate for the virus in modern history. But new estimations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are giving us an even clearer idea of just how bad last…Read more...
Tags: Science, Cdc, Public Health, Flu, Influenza, Vaccines, Viruses, Flu Vaccine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Flu Shots

Rat Version of Hepatitis E Detected in a Human for the First Time

A 56-year-old man from Hong Kong has contracted the rat-specific version of hepatitis E, something never observed before in a human patient. Health officials are now scrambling to understand how this could have happened—and the possible implications.Read more...
Tags: Hong Kong, Science, Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Hepatitis, Rats, Viruses, First Time, Zoonotic Diseases, Hepatitis E

Scientists Are Turning Zika Virus Into a Weapon Against Brain Cancer

A devastating viral disease could actually help treat and prevent brain cancer in the future, suggests yet more research, published Tuesday in MBio. Researchers at the University of Texas and elsewhere successfully used a modified version of the Zika virus to selectively kill off certain stem cells that allow brain…Read more...
Tags: Science, Cancer, Brain Cancer, Brains, Viruses, Zika, University of Texas

You Don't Even Want to Know the Results of This Airport Germ Study

New research identifies the various ways in which we’re most likely to come into contact with communicable diseases at airports. Turns out that toilets are surprisingly clean, but the same cannot be said for those plastic bins used at airport security, which are absolutely covered in viruses.Read more...
Tags: Travel, Science, Airports, Public Health, Flu, Influenza, Viruses, Germs, Diseases, Communicable Diseases

Herpes Viruses Linked to Alzheimer's Disease in New Brain Research

A fringe theory about the origins of Alzheimer’s disease—that latent viral infections can sometimes trigger its emergence—has gotten perhaps its most significant bit of support yet. A complex new study published Thursday in Neuron has found evidence that certain viruses are not only more common in the brains of people…Read more...
Tags: Science, Infectious Disease, Brains, Viruses, Neuron, Alzheimers Disease

Scientists Find Another Possible Explanation for Why Hair Goes Gray

Scientists think they’ve stumbled upon a newly discovered mechanism that could explain why some people’s hair turns gray and others become afflicted with patches of unpigmented skin, a rare, stigmatized condition called vitiligo. Their research, published Thursday in PLOS Biology, suggests a gene that regulates the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Aging, Genetics, Hair, Viruses, Mice, Gray Hair, PLOS Biology, Vitiligo

Artificial Genome Scientists Want to Build Human Cells That Are Impervious to Viruses

Two years ago, a consortium of scientists, lawyers, and entrepreneurs announced a plan to synthesize an artificial human genome from scratch—an extremely ambitious endeavor that’s struggled to secure funding. Project organizers have now disclosed details of a scaled-down version of the venture, but with a goal that’s…Read more...
Tags: Science, Genetics, Viruses, Futurism, Biotechnology, Bioethics, Gene Editing, Recode, Human Trait Selection, Genome Synthesis, Artificial Genomes, Synthetic Genomes

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