Oxford University (UK) To Collaborate with Serum Institute (India) for COVID-19 Vaccines

Scientists at Oxford University have claimed that their experimental COVID-19 vaccines has shown in an early trial that it can prompt a protective immune response. In a recent research article published on July 20th 2020 in the journal Lancet the scientists have reported that the vaccine called AZD1222 has been administered to people aged between 15 … Continue reading Oxford University (UK) To Collaborate with Serum Institute (India) for COVID-19 Vaccines

How Small Changes In Proteins Have Adverse Affects

Researchers at the Sloan Kettering Institute have made some discoveries related to malfunctioning in and their progress points to a new approach to develop targeted drugs for cancer and other diseases, Alzheimer's. In Molecular Biology, it is known that if your chaperone proteins don't fold the way that they are supposed to, it’ll result in … Continue reading How Small Changes In Proteins Have Adverse Affects

Mystery of Tummy Bugs being so good at swimming through guts revealed

Researchers from Imperial College London, Kitakyushu University in Tokyo and the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center have found the reason as to why a species of bacteria (which is known for food poisoning) can swim faster in stickier liquids; in this case, the human gut. With this research, the potential to stop the bacteria … Continue reading Mystery of Tummy Bugs being so good at swimming through guts revealed

The Second Part of the Three Part Neuron Course is Complete!

For the first part of the course, click below: https://innovativeideals.com/2020/04/28/i-finished-the-first-part-of-a-three-part-course-on-neurons/ It took me a while to finish this part, mainly because the content seemed very vast and it required a lot of time to finish off a week in the course. As the course was self paced, all I had to do was sit down … Continue reading The Second Part of the Three Part Neuron Course is Complete!

Rare case of Brain Destroying Amoeba sighted in Florida

The Florida Department of Health has announced a confirmed case of Naegleria fowleri -- a microscopic single-celled amoeba that can infect and destroy the brain. It's usually fatal, the DOH said. Dating back to 1962, only 37 reported cases of the amoeba in Florida are known. This one was found in Hillsborough County, though the … Continue reading Rare case of Brain Destroying Amoeba sighted in Florida

Sparrow song tracked to be “viral” across Canada through a twenty year study

Most bird species are slow to change their tune, preferring to stick with tried-and-true songs, which help in attracting the females. Now, with the help of citizen scientists, researchers have tracked how one rare sparrow song went "viral" across Canada, traveling over 3,000 kilometres between 2000 and 2019 and wiping out a historic song ending … Continue reading Sparrow song tracked to be “viral” across Canada through a twenty year study

Better Methods to compare gene expression in single cells found

Quantitative Biology Researchers from Northwestern University offered new evolutionary clues into organismal design principles in the face of physical constraints with respect to gene expression. Since the genes are normally expressed through transcription, this subjects them to the burst of mutations, which have an impact on the biological processes that are carried out by the … Continue reading Better Methods to compare gene expression in single cells found

Strokes and Mental Changes – Subtle hints on how COVID-19 affects the human brain

Recently in the UK, 125 people have been admitted and diagnosed with COVID-19 and carry the symptoms of strokes, confusion and psychosis. These results were described in  Lancet Psychiatry on June 25 and they come from a group of severely sick people, thus the data of how common these types of neurological symptoms may be … Continue reading Strokes and Mental Changes – Subtle hints on how COVID-19 affects the human brain

A ‘Poisoned Arrow’ defeats Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Princeton researchers reported in the journal Cell that they have found a compound, SCH-79797, that can simultaneously puncture bacterial walls and destroy folate within their cells -- while being immune to antibiotic resistance. "This is the first antibiotic that is known to swiftly target Gram-Positive Bacteria and Gram-Negative Bacteria without resistance. From a 'Why it's useful' … Continue reading A ‘Poisoned Arrow’ defeats Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

A close ancestral relative of SARS-CoV-2 found in bats gives scientists more insight about the virus

On May 10, in the journal Current Biology, researchers have listed an ancestral relative to SARS-CoV-2. This genome sequence is currently related to SARS-CoV-2 in terms of the amino acid insertions in the S1 and S2 junctions that spike up with similarities as that to SARS-CoV-2. "Since the discovery of SARS-CoV-2, there have been a … Continue reading A close ancestral relative of SARS-CoV-2 found in bats gives scientists more insight about the virus