• Researchers Clone SARS-CoV2 in One Week

    Researchers Clone SARS-CoV2 in One Week0

    Cloning the novel SARS-coronavirus (SARS-CoV2) in the laboratory is now more rapid and efficient. A team of researchers from Bern, Switzerland, created a synthetic platform that produced SARS-CoV-2 copies in only one week. The results were published yesterday, as an unedited manuscript, in the scientific journal Nature. The new replication model was made using TAR

  • Are Viruses Alive?

    Are Viruses Alive?0

    Now that we are all tuned into virus talk, it may be a good idea to shed new light on an old debate. Arguments about whether viruses are alive have gone on for years. Expert opinion remains divided roughly a third each between yes, no and don’t know (surveys conducted by Vincent Racaniello on Virology

  • Reinfection with SARS-CoV-2 Does Not Occur in Rhesus Monkeys

    Reinfection with SARS-CoV-2 Does Not Occur in Rhesus Monkeys0

    The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has caused more than 170,000 cases of infection worldwide, and its death toll continues to rise. Meanwhile, almost half of the infected patients have been discharged from the hospitals and are considered recovered. However, a small fraction of the discharged individuals has tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2, prompting