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The next two weeks are really critical to understand whats been happening, said Benjamin Cowling, head of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Hong Kong. We will see if coronavirus has outbreaks in other countries. China Boosts Anti-coronavirus Funding …
1. U.S.-based biotech Gilead, known for its HIV and hepatitis C treatments, has partnered with Beijing’s China-Japan Friendship Hospital to test out an antiviral drug called remdesivir in actual humans in Wuhan, the apparent origin site of the coronavirus outbreak. …
Doctors in Thailand combined the anti-flu drug oseltamivir with lopinavir and ritonavir, anti-virals used to treat HIV to cure a 71-year-old woman of coronavirus over a 48 hour period. Thailand’s Health ministry was awaiting research results to prove the findings. …
Information is Beautiful has a chart of how contagious and deadly many different diseases are. The chart has coronavirus 2019 ncov as slightly less deadly and spreadable than SARS. Spanish flu was ranked less deadly and less contagious than SARS. …
The Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization reports that China currently premlimary calculation of human-to-human transmission (R0) of coronavirus 2019 ncov is 1.4-2.5. HKU Medicine has released new nowcasting and forecasting estimates for the 2019-nCoV outbreak. They estimate that …
There has been 20 years of work on messenger RNA treatments against viruses. Technological advancements in RNA biology, chemistry, stability, and delivery systems have accelerated the development of fully synthetic mRNA vaccines. Molecular Therapy Journal (April 2019) reviewed mRNA as …
When futurists predict that technology X will be developed, there is a common reply from people who do not know the history of technology. The replies are variations of “Technology X will be developed after we solve Y”. Y can …
Underdog Pharma is developing disease-modifying treatments for atherosclerosis and other age-related diseases. They want to prevent or reverse atherosclerosis by removing a harmful lipid known as 7-ketocholesterol (7KC) from the arterial walls. Underdog has a molecule that can extract the …
A new type of gene editing enables more precise editing than CRISPR. Prime editing combines two key proteins and a new RNA to make targeted insertions, deletions, and all possible single-letter changes in the DNA of human cells. Prime Editing …
An Ebola vaccine (rVSV-ZEBOV-GP Ebola vaccine) tested in Africa is 97.5% effective. Only 8.8% (60/679) of the vaccinated rings reported Ebola cases, and only 2.2% (15/679) reported Ebola cases 10 days or more after vaccination.The majority of cases among vaccinated …