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Researchers simulate privacy leaks in functional genomics studies

The functional genomics field, which looks at the activities of the genome and levels of gene expression rather than particular gene mutations, generally relies on aggregating information from many samples for its statistical power. This means that broadly sharing raw data is vital; however, sharing these data currently is challenging because of the privacy concerns […]

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COVID-19 awareness and understanding among the public has increased, while skepticism declined, researchers report

When sweeping lockdowns changed nearly every aspect of daily life in March, the world sat up and took notice of the novel coronavirus. Since then, terms such as social distancing, aerosols, asymptomatic, and superspreaders have become common parlance. And the general public has begun paying attention to news about testing and vaccine development and trusting […]

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Researchers test antibody drug as treatment for COVID-19

Stanford Medicine researchers are investigating whether a combination of specific antibodies can reduce early symptoms of COVID-19 in people with mild to moderate cases of the disease. heir effort is part of a multisite clinical trial of an antibody drug developed by Eli Lilly and AbCellera that aims to enroll 550 participants at hospitals and […]

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Researchers develop a fast, accurate, low-cost COVID-19 test

A new low-cost diagnostic test for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) quickly delivers accurate results without the need for sophisticated equipment, according to a study published August 27 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Teng Xu of the Vision Medicals Center for Infectious Diseases, Tieying Hou of the Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, Bing […]

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Researchers discover antibodies that may protect against COVID-19

A new study by researchers at MassBiologics of UMass Medical School published in Nature Communications suggests that COVID specific IgA monoclonal antibodies may provide effective immunity in the respiratory system against the novel coronavirus—a potentially critical feature of an effective vaccine. Yang Wang, MD, Ph.D., deputy director for product discovery at MassBiologics and associate professor […]

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Researchers probe ematopoietic stem cell post-transplantation complications

Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a curative treatment for many children with both malignant and non-malignant conditions. Pericardial effusion—excess fluid around the heart—is a recognized complication following HSCT, but its incidence, risk factors and impact on mortality are not well defined. Carrie Kitko, MD, Justin Godown, MD, and colleagues used the Pediatric Health Information […]