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Posts tagged with "Infectious Diseases"

  • Current Events

    The Curious Case of CureVac

    The German newspaper Welt am Sonntag has reported that the Trump administration has been making overtures to the German vaccine company Curevac. Here’s the part that’s really making headlines (my translation below): Der US-Präsident bietet der deutschen Firma angeblich einen hohen Betrag, um sich ihre Arbeit zu sichern. Von einer Milli… Read More
  • Current Events

    Time Scales, Viral and Human

    I can tell that the current events are getting a bit overwhelming by the difficulty of writing about other topics here! I’m not specifically on a coronavirus topic today, but rather on what some of the news coverage is saying about our expectations for medical research. One of the things people have noted about my… Read More
  • Current Events

  • Current Events

    Covid-19 Biologic Therapies Reviewed

    Friday I looked over the small-molecule landscape in this post, which has been updated and will continue to be as more news comes along. Today let’s look at the biologics landscape. One thing that I want to emphasize up front, as I did in the earlier post, is that none of these things are available… Read More
  • Current Events

    Covid-19 Small Molecule Therapies Reviewed

    Update: for clinical trial results as of March 18 on some of these, see here). Let’s take inventory on the therapies that are being developed for the coronavirus epidemic. Here is a very thorough list of at Biocentury, and I should note that (like Stat and several other organizations) they’re making all their Covid-19 content free… Read More
  • Infectious Diseases

    A New Bacteria-Killing Combination

    I know that antiviral news is all the thing these days (post coming on that tomorrow), but there’s some encouraging antibacterial news as well, which we could always use. This paper reports progress in the cationic antimicrobial peptide (AMP) area. That’s been a field of interest for a long time, but it’s been tough. Update: Read More
  • Current Events

    Get Real

    Since this is going to be a post about the coronavirus, let’s start off with this PSA: wash your hands. These viruses have a lipid envelope that is crucial to their structure and function, and soaps and detergents are thus very effective at inactivating them. It’s fast, it’s simple, and it’s one of the more… Read More
  • In Silico

    Machine Learning for Antibiotics

    I know that I just spoke about new antibiotic discovery here the other day, but there’s a new paper worth highlighting that just came out today. A team from MIT, the Broad Institute, Harvard, and McMaster reports what is one of the more interesting machine-learning efforts I’ve seen so far, in any therapeutic area. This… Read More
  • Chemical Biology

    A New Antibiotic Candidate

    Antibiotic discovery is always welcome. Here’s a new one from a well-searched area (Actinomycetes extracts), and the authors (university teams from McMaster, Indiana, and Montreal) did a lot of groundwork to make sure that they weren’t just going to rediscover known agents. That’s a serious problem with broad-based antibiotic scre… Read More
  • Current Events

    Antiviral Theatrics?

    Update: more details on this here. There’s a rationale for this, but it may or may not be a good one! This will be a very rare link indeed for me, to the People’s Daily Twitter account out of China. I’d seen some clips like this before, but wasn’t sure of their provenance. This, though… Read More