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Content: Volume 8, Issue 4

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Child masking prevents childcare closure during the COVID-19 pandemic

Over the last two years, multiple risk mitigation strategies have been deployed to reduce the rate of spread of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) in congregate settings, including schools and early childcare programs. Layered strategies include: screening for COVID-19 related symptoms and/or SARS-CoV-2 testing... click to read more

  • Thomas S. Murray | Associate Professor at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
  • Amyn A. Malik | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Yale Institute for Global Health, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
  • Walter S. Gilliam | Professor at Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
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published on Dec 26, 2022
The needle-free detection of SARS-CoV-2-specific antibodies from urine

While serological tests are not intended to diagnose an acute SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) infection, they can indicate the presence of antibodies generated from previous viral exposure or vaccination. Several diagnostic kits to assess the presence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies are available on the market, all using blood/serum... click to read more

  • Fernanda Fonseca Ramos | Junior Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Eduardo Antônio Ferraz Coelho | Full Professor at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Fernanda Ludolf | Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
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published on Dec 22, 2022
An eye-opening molecular explosion

Many macroscopic processes that are part of our everyday lives have their origins in the tiniest motions: a molecule absorbs light, causing atoms to move by fractions of the distance between them, individual bonds to form or break. This determines whether a plant can transform... click to read more

  • Rebecca Boll | Scientist at European XFEL, Schenefeld, Germany
  • Till Jahnke | Professor at European XFEL, Schenefeld, Germany
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published on Dec 19, 2022
Mitochondria as microlenses in the eye – the evolution of an improved camera sensor

The back of the eye is lined with a layer of specialized light-sensitive neurons in the retina, arranged in a mosaic, called photoreceptors. Each photoreceptor has a tapered elongated shape—like a bottle—oriented perpendicular to the retina and pointing toward the pupil of the eye. The... click to read more

  • John M. Ball | Staff Scientist at Retinal Neurophysiology Section, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health
  • Wei Li | Senior Investigator at Retinal Neurophysiology Section, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health
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published on Oct 21, 2022
The flesh-eating Venus flytrap plant generates its own magnetic fields

In recent decades, more and more techniques from physics have been applied to biological systems, often with far-reaching consequences. For example, noninvasive techniques like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are now commonly used to study or diagnose the human brain and body. The successful transfer of... click to read more

  • Anne Fabricant | PhD student at Helmholtz Institute Mainz, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, Darmstadt, Germany
  • Sönke Scherzer | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Molecular Plant Physiology and Biophysics, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany
  • Dmitry Budker | Professor at Helmholtz Institute Mainz; Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany; University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
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published on Oct 19, 2022