Research looks at SARS-CoV-2 transmission from people to pets

A large team of researchers from the US demonstrated that pets with the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) likely acquired the putative virus from humans.  This suggests that human-animal infection may actually occur much more frequently than previously thought – implying that infected individuals should limit their contact […]

Scientists use specially designed gold nanoparticles to 'seek out' bone stem cells

Researchers at the University of Southampton have developed a new way of using nanomaterials to identify and enrich skeletal stem cells – a discovery which could eventually lead to new treatments for major bone fractures and the repair of lost or damaged bone. Working together, a team of physicists, chemists […]

DNA spike-ins increase reliability of amplicon-based sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 genomes

As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread all over the world, its causative pathogen, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), is being monitored for the emergence of new variants and alterations in viral biology. In the interests of cost-effectiveness and rapidity, amplicon-based sequencing of the […]