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Pangolins: An intermediate coronavirus carrier?

Pangolins: An intermediate coronavirus carrier?

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Researchers have identified SARS-CoV-2 related coronaviruses in frozen pangolin samples obtained from Southern China. Pangolins and bats are the only known mammals to be infected with SARS-CoV-2 related coronaviruses, and pangolins may be an intermediate host in the spread of the virus.

 

Inside a lab growing coronavirus

Inside a lab growing coronavirus

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In order to find a potential cure or vaccine for COVID-19, it is necessary to grow the novel coronavirus in large quantities in safe and contained laboratory settings. In the last few months, institutes around the country, including CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, and National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, have joined the effort to grow the virus. Somdatta Karak from CCMB provides us with a first-hand peek inside one such laboratory.

 

Controlling COVID-19 spread using instant digital contact tracing

Controlling COVID-19 spread using instant digital contact tracing

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A new study by researchers at the University of Oxford compares various routes of SARS-CoV-2 transmission, and suggests that instantaneous digital contact tracing using a mobile app may be a more efficient way to curb its spread than manual contact tracing.

 

CRISPR: a genetic surgical strike against COVID-19

CRISPR: a genetic surgical strike against COVID-19

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A new study explores the possibility of using CRISPR, a gene-editing tool, to inhibit the activity of the novel coronavirus

 

Will the scorching Indian summer provide respite from COVID-19?

Will the scorching Indian summer provide respite from COVID-19?

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From the time news of the pandemic began, it was believed that summers would tone down the number of COVID-19 cases. Is this really true? A team of researchers have found that the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, is indeed sensitive to higher temperatures. However, only time can tell whether this would translate to reduced transmission of the disease or deflate the virulence of the virus.

 

Excerpts of the speech by Dr. K. VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser on Arogya Setu

Excerpts of the speech by Dr. K. VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser on Arogya Setu

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K. VijayRaghavan is the principal scientific adviser to the Government of India. He is also professor emeritus and the former director of the National Centre of Biological Sciences, Bangalore. He has been part of the ICTS-TIFR Management Board since its inception. Here are excerpts from his speech about Aarogya Setu, an integrated data and decision support platform to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, on the digital platform Digital India Learning.

 

Modelling post-lockdown scenarios in cities

Modelling post-lockdown scenarios in cities

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The article describes an interactive online simulator developed by scientists from IISc and TIFR that allows the user to see how different interventions affects the number of infections, fatalities and hospitalizations over time.

 

COVID-19: Vaccine development and therapeutic strategies

COVID-19: Vaccine development and therapeutic strategies

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While over a million people worldwide are now confirmed to be infected with COVID-19, we do not yet have an empirical cure or a vaccine for this potentially fatal disease. In this article, Deepak Kumar Sinha, Professor at Institute of Biological Sciences, SAGE University, Indore, discusses some of the approaches being taken by researchers around the world to come up with treatment strategies and vaccines for COVID-19.