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Llamas immune to coronavirus, what zebrafish are thinking, and other memorable science stories of 2020 

COVID-19 dominated scientific research this past year, with good reason. When the worst pandemic of the century struck, scientists from all disciplines banded together to fend off a virus that will have claimed at least 1.6 million lives by the new year. But basic science did not come to a...

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Missing immune molecule may explain why some HPV patients sprout giant horn-like growths

...The findings play into the larger body of Casanova’s work, which continues to demonstrate that the severity of  influenza, tuberculosis, COVID-19, and other diseases, is not solely dependent on the pathogen itself, but on genetics of the host, too.

Will SARS-CoV-2 escape future drugs by mutating? The answer may be a nuanced “no.”

...Rice, is developing so-called monoclonal antibody treatments in which a potent antibody is identified and mass-produced to be used as medication for COVID-19. To better understand if such interventions will remain effective over time, they examined viral mutation patterns using a stand-...

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How one patient’s rare mutation helped solve a mycobacterial mystery

...Increasingly, scientists have shown that genetics play a central role in determining whether the pathogens that cause a wide range of disease—including influenza, warts, and COVID-19—end up causing serious diseases. The lab of Jean-Laurent Casanova, which has spent 25 years studying the...

Financial crashes, pandemics, Texas snow: How math could predict "black swan" events

What if mathematicians could have seen COVID-19 coming, or could predict the next outbreak? Is it possible that numbers, manipulated by statistics, might warn of future market fluctuations and environmental disasters, or herald vast shifts in finance, trade, and employment? It’s hard to pr...

Scientists release error-free genomes of 25 animals—with another 70,000 coming up

...Armed with the new data, scientists are now studying genes that render bats immune to COVID-19 and questioning long-standing conventions in basic science, such as whether there are meaningful differences between oxytocin and its receptors found in humans, birds, reptiles, and fish. All ...

Scientists map the network of SARS-CoV-2’s helpers inside human cells

...Altogether, this catalogue is a rich resource to for exploring new drug targets for COVID-19 and potential future coronavirus outbreaks.” Surprise protein The genome-wide study also revealed that coronaviruses rely on several proteins whose functions are not fully understood. Among them...