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A second pathway into cells for SARS-CoV-2: New understanding of the neuropilin-1 protein could speed vaccine research

The Spike protein on the surface of SARS-CoV-2 must bind to proteins on the surface of human cells to trigger an infection. KTSDESIGN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Getty Images Rajesh Khanna, University of Arizona and Aubin Moutal, University of Arizona When it comes to how the coronavirus invades a cell, it takes three to tango. The dance began with the ACE2 receptor, a …

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COVID-19 vaccines: Open source licensing could keep Big Pharma from making huge profits off taxpayer-funded research

How many vaccines will be needed to vaccinate the world against COVID-19? Tetra Images/Getty Images

<figure> <img src=”https://images.theconversation.com/files/357982/original/file-20200914-18-qfqjei.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&rect=71%2C26%2C5911%2C4126&q=45&auto=format&w=754&fit=clip” /> <figcaption> How many vaccines will be needed to vaccinate the world against COVID-19? <span class=”attribution”><a class=”source” href=”https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/photo/covid-19-vaccine-with-world-map-in-background-royalty-free-image/1248797862?adppopup=true”>Tetra Images/Getty Images</a></span> </figcaption> </figure> <span><a href=”https://theconversation.com/profiles/charles-m-schweik-1107510″>Charles M Schweik</a>, <em><a href=”https://theconversation.com/institutions/university-of-massachusetts-amherst-1563″>University of Massachusetts Amherst</a></em> and <a href=”https://theconversation.com/profiles/timothy-ford-1154482″>Timothy Ford</a>, <em><a href=”https://theconversation.com/institutions/university-of-massachusetts-lowell-1534″>University of Massachusetts Lowell</a></em></span> <p>An international, multi-billion-dollar race is underway to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, and progress is <a href=”https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/08/health/coronavirus-vaccine-race-intl/”>moving at …

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¿Por qué es una buena noticia que se suspendan los ensayos de una vacuna?

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F8 studio/Shutterstock Carmen Álvarez Domínguez, UNIR – Universidad Internacional de La Rioja El reciente anuncio de Oxford suspendiendo el ensayo clínico con la vacuna para SARS-CoV-2 debido a un efecto adverso denominado Mellitis transversa, una inflamación de la médula espinal, tras un análisis rutinario de un voluntario vacunado, es una buena noticia por varias razones. Primero, refleja que las agencias …

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What’s the difference between pandemic, epidemic and outbreak?

It’s a matter of scale. Edward A. "Doc" Rogers/Library of Congress via AP

It’s a matter of scale. Edward A. “Doc” Rogers/Library of Congress via AP Rebecca S.B. Fischer, Texas A&M University The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a pandemic. This is a landmark event. As an epidemiologist listening to the steady stream of conversation around the coronavirus, I’m hearing newscasters and neighbors alike mixing up three important words my colleagues and …

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