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Staying Safe Outdoors this Summer: Understanding Coronavirus Risk

Staying Safe Outdoors this Summer: Understanding Coronavirus Risk

Staying Safe Outdoors this Summer:...

It’s become the most-talked-about choir practice of 2020: In early March, as the novel coronavirus quickly spread in Washington state, a local choir group met for their weekly rehearsal. Despite taking extra precautions, such as having hand sanitizer at the door and members not hugging or...

Protease Inhibitors to Fight COVID-19: Stopping the Virus’s Life Cycle

Protease Inhibitors to Fight COVID-19: Stopping the Virus’s Life Cycle

Protease Inhibitors to Fight COVID-19: Stopping...

All viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, have the same goal: invade our cells, use our cells’ internal machinery to make copies of itself, and then release the newly made virus to infect more of our cells. But protease inhibitors, a class of drugs long used to treat HIV...

The 14-Day Quarantine: Understanding the Coronavirus Incubation Period

The 14-Day Quarantine: Understanding the Coronavirus Incubation Period

The 14-Day Quarantine: Understanding the...

Around the globe, health officials are recommending that people who’ve been in a city or region that has a high number of COVID-19 cases should go into a 14-day period of self-quarantine. And for people who’ve been in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus — for example, at...

The Rise of RNA: The Cellular Workhorse Behind a New Class of Next-Gen Therapies

The Rise of RNA: The Cellular Workhorse Behind a New Class of Next-Gen Therapies

The Rise of RNA: The Cellular Workhorse Behind...

In a new Get Science series, we’re exploring how recent insights into RNA’s role in a variety of biological processes are helping scientists develop promising scientific breathroughs that may lead to new medicines for diseases, such as cancer and autoimmune conditions. ...

Cachexia Insights: Helping Improve Quality of Life in Chronically Ill Patients

Cachexia Insights: Helping Improve Quality of Life in Chronically Ill Patients

Cachexia Insights: Helping Improve Quality of...

It’s an experience familiar to almost anyone with a family member or friend who has fought a terminal illness, such as cancer or heart failure. In the final stages of life, it can seem as though their loved one is wasting away. This dramatic loss of muscle and fat is caused by cachexia, a wasting...

Meet the Team: Homegrown Therapies Get Ready to Fight NASH

Meet the Team: Homegrown Therapies Get Ready to Fight NASH

Meet the Team: Homegrown Therapies Get Ready to...

One of the biggest public health problems of our time is likely soon to face off with a new wave of cutting-edge medicines. As non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a severe form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, continues to be a growing public health threat, scientists are racing...

How Next-Generation Sequencing Is Helping to Build Better Vaccines

How Next-Generation Sequencing Is Helping to Build Better Vaccines

How Next-Generation Sequencing Is Helping to...

If you’ve ever tried an at-home genetic testing kit, you’re familiar with whole-genome sequencing, the technology that allows people to quickly and easily map their DNA. This same technology is now being used to track the genomes of potentially deadly microbes. ...

Capturing the Itch: Using Digital Wearable Devices to Help Patients with Atopic Dermatitis

Capturing the Itch: Using Digital Wearable Devices to Help Patients with Atopic Dermatitis

Capturing the Itch: Using Digital Wearable...

For people who have atopic dermatitis (AD) — an autoimmune condition that causes painful, itchy, and inflamed skin — symptoms often flare up at night, leading to disrupted sleep. Until recently, there hasn’t been a way to truly capture how much a person’s quality of life is impacted by these...

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