Why is the Delta variant of COVID-19 so good at infecting people? Structural biologist Bing Chen, PhD, of Boston Children's Hospital led a detailed comparison of Delta’s spike protein with those of five other variants. The study showed that the spike is especially good at membrane fusion, allowing the virus to enter people’s cells very rapidly.
- Emergent Ventures, Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness (MassCPR),
Public temperature checks have become a common practice across the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, and researchers at Texas A&M University are working to make it possible to conduct the test across a large group of people quicker and less expensive than current methods.
- Nature Communications
Water is a scarce commodity in many countries worldwide, but new cost-effective technology pioneered by researchers in Australia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia could ensure sustainable water supplies for decades to come.
The next time you buy a new couch, you may not ever have to leave your old one to get a feel for the texture of the new material. Dr. Cynthia Hipwell, Oscar S. Wyatt Jr. '45 Chair II Professor in the J. Mike Walker '66 Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, is leading a team working to better define how the finger interacts with a device with the hope of aiding in the further development of technology that goes beyond sensing and reacting to your touch.
- Advanced Materials
There’s been a significant breakthrough in the development of a vaccine to prevent hookworm infection – a parasite which causes serious disease in tens of millions of people globally.
Using specialized carbon nanotubes, MIT engineers designed a sensor that can detect SARS-CoV-2 without any antibody, giving a result within minutes. With further development, this kind of sensor could enable rapid and accurate screening for Covid-19 or pathogens that emerge in the future.
- National Institutes of Health Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) grant
Exogenous phosphatidic acid reduces acetaminophen-induced liver injury in mice by activating hepatic interleukin-6 signaling through inter-organ crosstalk https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsb.2021.08.024 Having previously demonstrated that endogenous phosphatidic acid (PA) promotes liver regeneration after acetaminophen (APAP) hepatotoxicity, the authors of this paper hypothesize that exogenous PA is also beneficial.
- Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
An international team of scientists has identified a new connection between certain molecules produced by the microbiome and the function of a protein that impacts gut inflammation.
Bioresponsive micro-to-nano albumin-based systems for targeted drug delivery against complex fungal infections https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsb.2021.04.020 Just published in the latest issue of Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B, Volume 11, Issue 10, October 2021, Pages 3220-3230.
Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B Volume 11, Issue 10 Publishes https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/acta-pharmaceutica-sinica-b/vol/11/issue/10 In 2021 Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B (APSB) is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The journal was founded with the goal of creating a global high-level forum centred around drug discovery and pharmaceutical research/application. APSB was included by Chemical Abstracts in 2011, accepted by PubMed Central in 2015, indexed by Science Citation Index in 2017 and has evolved to become one of the most important international journals in the field of pharmaceutical sciences.
New research estimates that the average American does about 30 minutes less physical activity a day than an American 200 years ago
- Current Biology