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April 29, 2021
Ironic: Using Viruses to fight the Coronavirus

After mRNA vaccines, there is now another novelty: vector vaccines ‒ like the one from AstraZeneca ‒ contain a mostly functioning virus. But how do they work exactly? What are their strengths and weaknesses? And finally, are they safe? The novel mRNA vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 have caused some controversy, and the concerns are many.  While […]

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April 15, 2021
Watching coronavirus multiply – the quest for structures of SARS-CoV-2 RNA polymerase

A guest entry by Hauke Hillen In order for the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 to replicate, it has to achieve two basic tasks: It needs to make copies of its genome that can be packaged into new virus particles, and it needs to activate viral genes to produce the proteins that actually form new virus particles, […]

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April 1, 2021
Vaccination Safety Management

Introduction: Vaccination is a great means of achieving public protection against diseases. The main goal of any vaccine manufacturer is to produce a vaccine that will be safe and effective in preventing the target disease. Before any vaccine is rolled out for mass vaccination or campaign, it must have met the required rigorous scientific and […]

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March 2, 2021
SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Testing in a German Hospital

During Christmas holidays in Germany the SARS-CoV-2 infections still increased dramatically. In Miesbach, a small town near Munich and close to the Alpes, where daily winter tourism was booming during Christmas, the hospital of Agatharied exceeded the alarming value of Corona infections. In December, 50 new infections occurred among patients and staff from several different wards […]

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February 22, 2021
Opinion: Press release about "Coronavirus Origin Study" by Prof. Wiesendanger and Hamburg University

“The coronavirus has led to a worldwide crisis for over a year. In a new study, nanoscientist Prof. Dr. Roland Wiesendanger illuminates the origins of the virus. His findings conclude there are a number of quality sources indicating a laboratory accident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology as the cause of the current pandemic.” This […]

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February 22, 2021
How SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus) mRNA-based Vaccines Work

In this blogpost Joshua explains how we are immune with Covid-19 vaccine.

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February 22, 2021
The packaging of the RNA - Nucleocapsid proteins

1.    Introduction: With SARS-CoV-2 infections and related death rates continuing to rise worldwide and new variants emerging, the virus is still a great and present danger. Although we have gathered significant knowledge and the first vaccinations have started, new mutations can still set our efforts back and possibly make the virus even more potent. Thus, searches […]

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December 24, 2020
SARS-CoV-2 Entry Animation from Iwasa Group – a little Christmas Present to the Scientific Community

See how the virus binds to a host cell and manages to insert its RNA on a molecular level! Merry Christmas from the Iwasa Lab and the Coronavirus Structural Task Force!

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December 23, 2020
The new mutation of SARS-CoV-2

The new strain of Coronavirus - what do we know?

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December 22, 2020
How do we know that Viruses exist?

If you want to know how exactly science found out about the existence of viruses, this post is for you!

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