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New biosensor method eliminates need for biosafety lab containment in screening drugs against coronavirus

New biosensor method eliminates need for biosafety lab containment in screening drugs against coronavirus

Uddhav Timilsina, Thomas Melendy and Rama Dey-Rao, all of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, are the key developers of the new screening method. Credit: Sandra Kicman Nineteen months into the pandemic, the need for antiviral drugs targeted against COVID-19 is clear, given the global persistence of the virus, its ability to rapidly mutate into …

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What is the 'delta plus' variant of the coronavirus?

What is the ‘delta plus’ variant of the coronavirus?

What is the “delta plus” variant? Credit: AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin What is the “delta plus” variant? It’s a relative of the delta variant, identified by British scientists last month. Because it isn’t a variant of interest or concern, it has not yet been officially named after a letter of the Greek alphabet, like the other …

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Israel reports subvariant of Delta coronavirus strain

Israel reports subvariant of Delta coronavirus strain

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Israel has confirmed a case of a subvariant of the Delta strain of the coronavirus previously reported in some European countries, the health ministry said. “The variant AY 4.2. that has been discovered in a number of countries in Europe has been identified in Israel,” a ministry statement said late Tuesday. …

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UK monitoring 'subvariant' of coronavirus Delta strain: govt

UK monitoring ‘subvariant’ of coronavirus Delta strain: govt

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Britain on Tuesday said it was monitoring a subvariant of the Delta strain of the coronavirus, which has been seen in a growing number of cases. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said the government was keeping a “close eye” on the AY.4.2 variant but said there was no evidence it spreads …

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Russia hits another record of daily coronavirus deaths

Russia hits another record of daily coronavirus deaths

A woman wipes her face as she walks past an empty columbarium wall prepared for funerary urns holding cremated remains of the deceased, near a crematorium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. Russia’s total number of coronavirus infections has topped 8 million and the daily infection toll hit a new record. The death …

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Russia's coronavirus infections exceed 8 million

Russia’s coronavirus infections exceed 8 million

Medical workers carry a patient suspected of having coronavirus on a stretcher at a hospital in Kommunarka, outside Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. Russia’s daily death toll from COVID-19 has exceeded 1000 for the first time as the country faces a sustained wave of rising infections. Credit: AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Russia’s total number of …

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One coronavirus vaccine may protect against other coronaviruses

One coronavirus vaccine may protect against other coronaviruses

Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient. Image captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Credit: NIAID Northwestern Medicine scientists have shown for the first time that coronavirus vaccines and prior coronavirus infections can provide broad immunity against other, similar coronaviruses. The findings build …

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California coronavirus death count tops 70,000 as cases fall

California coronavirus death count tops 70,000 as cases fall

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain California’s coronavirus death toll reached another once-unfathomable milestone—70,000 people—on Monday as the state emerges from the latest infection surge with the lowest rate of new cases among all states. Last year at this time, cases in the state started ticking up and by January California was in the throes of the …

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Russia reports record number of coronavirus deaths

Russia reports record number of coronavirus deaths

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Russia reported a record high number of daily coronavirus deaths on Wednesday as the country struggles with stubbornly high infection rates and regions beyond Moscow cautiously bring back pandemic restrictions. The world’s fifth worst-hit country with more than 7.5 million infections, Russia has seen cases climb since August driven by the …

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