Combatting COVID-19 with Help from Genetically Engineered Mice
Mar11

Combatting COVID-19 with Help from Genetically Engineered Mice

In Brief Genetically engineered mouse models that can react to COVID-19 the same way humans do are playing a key role in the development of vaccines. Mice have been used in biomedical research dating back to 1678, including in the annual development of influenza vaccinations. To create a genetically engineered mouse model specific to SARS-CoV-2, scientists used an adenovirus based vector that was altered to carry a specific DNA or RNA...

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Llamas Lead the Way in Finding a COVID-19 Treatment
Nov06

Llamas Lead the Way in Finding a COVID-19 Treatment

In Brief Llamas may present a unique solution to eliminating the COVID-19 pandemic. This is due to the extraordinary antibodies they produce. These animals generate antibodies that are much smaller than what is created by their human and other animal counterparts. From these antibodies, even smaller biological soldiers can be generated in the lab: so-called “nanobodies.” Nanobodies have astounding properties that make them a strong...

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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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