Category Archives: COVID 19

New Study Found DNA Inherited From Neanderthals Increases the Risk of Suffering Severe COVID-19

oA new study has identified that the stretch of DNA that may be linked to COVID-19 was passed down from the Neanderthals 60,000 years ago. However, they still do not know the reasn why this particular segment increases the risk of having severe illness from the coronavirus.

GSK plans to produce one billion pandemic vaccine adjuvant doses

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is set to produce one billion doses of its pandemic vaccine adjuvant system next year to support adjuvanted Covid-19 vaccine candidates development.
The news comes after the company performed global manufacturing review and decided to invest for expanded manufacturing capacity.

Early results from Moderna coronavirus vaccine trial show participants developed antibodies against the virus

(CNN)Volunteers who received Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine had positive early results, according to the biotech company, which partnered with the National Institutes of Health to develop the vaccine.
If future studies go well, the company’s vaccine could be available to the public as early as January, Dr. Tal Zaks, Moderna’s chief medical officer, told CNN.

Guelph company develops rapid, portable COVID-19 test kit

Test kit takes an hour to get results, is as accurate as lab testing, Precision Biomonitoring says

Gdańsk scientist makes crucial headway in understanding killer virus by isolating COVID-19 DNA from infected patient

The full DNA sequence of the coronavirus virus has been taken from an infected patient after being isolated by scientists at Gdańsk University.
By unravelling the genetic sequence, the researchers can learn a variety of crucial information about the disease, such as how the virus ‘deceives’ the human body, weakening its immune system.

I Donated My DNA to Help Stop the Coronavirus

Last night, I entered intimate personal health information into a database that can be accessed by anyone. This is not a decision that I made lightly. I shared my information with the Personal Genome Project (PGP) at Harvard Medical School. Founded in 2005 by Dr. George Church, the PGP represents an ideal, a vision of effecting ultimate progress in DNA science through the generosity of participants willing to expose personal data for a greater good. Before Covid-19, the PGP used this data for open-source research projects to further our understanding of human genetics, biology, and health. The PGP will now singularly focus on Covid-19, studying both those who have the disease and those who don’t.

DNA Could Hold Clues to Varying Severity of COVID-19

Hundreds of scientists around the globe are launching studies in search of genes that could explain why some people fall victim to coronavirus infection while others escape relatively unscathed.

Dragan Primorac in an interview with Vecernji: A third of children are ‘silent’ virus carriers


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Croatian scientist prof. Dr. Dragan Primorac was a guest at the TV studio Vecernji list, where he talked about the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the disease COVID-19.

Two of world’s biggest pharmaceutical giants join forces to create vaccine

British firm GSK and French multinational Sanofi announced the collaboration in the hope of providing long-lasting immunity to Covid-19 cheaply and on a mass scale.

Pop-Up Coronavirus Labs and a 5-Minute Test Take Aim at the Testing Void

Two and a half months after the first confirmed novel coronavirus case in the US, the virus has invaded the country’s east and west coasts and is quickly making its way into the center of the country. As the case tally swells and hospitals brace themselves for surges, one factor has remained stubbornly, ludicrously constant: we don’t have enough tests.

CDC’s Covid-19 diagnostic panel to use Promega’s amplification reagent

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added Promega’s amplification reagent GoTaq Probe 1-Step RT-qPCR System to its coronavirus (Covid-19) diagnostic protocol for emergency use.

Coronavirus: lab capable of testing tens of thousands of samples a day opens in Abu Dhabi

A laboratory capable of processing tens of thousands of Covid-19 tests per day has opened in the UAE.
It is the first facility of its kind to operate on such a scale outside of China.

Local lab to start processing coronavirus tests from southwest Missouri providers

A local laboratory will start processing coronavirus tests amid a nationwide shortage of tests and backlogs at places processing them.
Springfield’s Dynamic DNA Laboratories has distributed 4,000 tests to Citizens Memorial Hospital, CoxHealth, Jordan Valley Community Health Center and Mercy which will be used on people referred by health care providers, according to a news release.

New public-private partnership expected to double Wisconsin’s COVID-19 testing capacity

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced on Monday a new public-private partnership that is expected to double the state’s current COVID-19 testing capacity.
Under the partnership, labs operated by Madison-based Exact Sciences Corp., Marshfield Clinic Health System, Madison-based Promega Corp. and UW Health will join an existing network of labs to bolster the state’s testing capacity.

NIST Funding Manufacturing Institutes

GAITHERSBURG, Md. — The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has opened a funding opportunity for rapid, high-impact projects that support the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Using funds appropriated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020, NIST will award these grants through the NIST Manufacturing USA National Emergency Assistance Program with no requirements for cost matching.