Viral Telephone: How COVID-19 Spread from Animals to Humans
Oct06

Viral Telephone: How COVID-19 Spread from Animals to Humans

In Brief: Some scientists are investigating the emergence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.  Mutations are a natural result of viral replication. One way to think of a virus mutating is a long game of telephone. Discovering the origins of the novel coronavirus could actually help us prevent a future virus from spiraling into a pandemic.   Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to move on from the COVID-19 pandemic? 2020...

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Lost: How Bats are Helping People Find Their Way Home
Jun05

Lost: How Bats are Helping People Find Their Way Home

Patients with Developmental Topographic Disorientation wake up every day only to face a strange, seemingly new world. Tasks that many of us do without even thinking are constant battles. In order to update the model for spatial navigation, scientists are beginning to study the brains of bats which are best known for their ability to navigate using a series of sound waves, also known as echolocation. These new studies using bats shine a ray of hope for those with this condition.

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