A novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. As of this writing, there have been over seven million cases of the virus worldwide, resulting in over 400,000 deaths. The virus is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China, in late December of 2019 and has since spread to nearly every country in the world, with the United States being the hardest hit. As the virus continues to spread, there have been numerous news articles and videos discussing the virus and its effects. 1. WHO: Coronavirus – What We Know So Far This article from the World Health Organization provides an overview of all the information that is currently known about the novel coronavirus. It covers the symptoms, transmission, prevention, and treatment of the virus. It also provides information on how to protect yourself, the latest updates on the virus, and what is being done to contain it. 2. Coronavirus: A Visual Timeline This article from the Washington Post provides a timeline of the novel coronavirus, from its initial appearance in Wuhan to its spread around the world. It includes a timeline of key events, such as the first case, the first
New research in the Virology Journal suggests that chickens could become intermediate hosts for newly emerged SARS-CoV-2 variants, posing a potential threat to public health. The study identifies AXL and ACE2 receptors in chickens as likely binding sites for the virus, highlighting the need for further research and preventive measures.
The human microbiome includes the genetic material of more than 100 trillion tiny microorganisms – fungi, yeast, bacteria, and even viruses, most of which hang out in our gastrointestinal tract to serve as guardians of our health.
The study finds that natural SARS-CoV-2 infection offers stronger immunity against the virus compared to mRNA vaccines. However, mRNA vaccines significantly reduce the infectiousness of individuals with COVID-19, playing a crucial role in limiting the virus's transmission.
Researchers in Poland have identified five strains of gammacoronaviruses and deltacoronaviruses in black-headed and common gulls, shedding new light on the diversity and evolutionary potential of these viruses. The study highlights the need for ongoing research into animal reservoirs of coronaviruses, as they pose a risk for zoonotic transmission to humans.
Many pathogens, including the virus that causes COVID-19, are thought to have originated in wild animals before spilling into human populations.
A new study shows the isolation and sequencing of more than a century-old RNA molecules from a Tasmanian tiger specimen preserved at room temperature in a museum collection. This resulted in the reconstruction of skin and skeletal muscle transcriptomes from an extinct species for the first time. The researchers note that their findings have relevant implications for international efforts to resurrect extinct species, including both the Tasmanian tiger and the woolly mammoth, as well as for studying pandemic RNA viruses.
The Mariana Trench, the deepest place on Earth, plunges nearly 11,000 meters at its lowest point on the floor of the Pacific Ocean. Life persists in the deep and cold darkness, and "wherever there's life, you can bet there are regulators at work," said marine virologist Min Wang, Ph.D, at the Ocean University of China, in Qingdao. "Viruses, in this case."