Did you know that planarian flatworms can regenerate missing tissues after an injury? How do they know which type of tissue to regenerate? Interestingly, scientists have discovered that the genes that planarians use to regenerate are also found in humans. Research Insider this week gets up close with Jia Zheng Woo, a research assistant in Whitehead Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S. to find out more about planarian flatworms and to unlock the "secrets" of regeneration.
Every cell in our bodies contains a "railway network", a system of "train tracks" called microtubules that run between important destinations inside the cell and allow cargo to be carried from one place to another by motor proteins. Research Insider this week gets up close with Shu Yao Leong who is in her first year pursuing a PhD in Cellular Nanoscience at the University of Tübingen to find out more about her research in microtubule and intracellular dynamics at the nanocellular level.
A study recently published in The Lancet Public Health, reported on the impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions against COVID-19 in Hong Kong. As one of the most heavily affected countries during the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic in 2003, Hong Kong has been prepared to respond to COVID-19 by implementing a range of public health measures to reduce local transmission.
Researchers may have found a specific area of the coronavirus that can be targeted with therapies and drugs. This finding is also likely to help in the development of COVID-19 vaccine.
Scientists found Ivermectin was able to stop the SARS-CoV-2 virus growing in cell culture within 48 hours. Experts say more testing is needed to know if it works well in people and safe to use.
ASM has established a Special Interest Group (SIG) on COVID-19 comprising of Fellows of the Academy to review key research findings around the world and issue fact sheets to help the public understand the implications and limitations of the research studies.