Design and test potential COVID-19 treatments from your phone

Anyone with a smartphone can download the app ViDok, which lets users pick from a library of molecules that might bind to key proteins on the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, and then can tweak the molecules to try to find a better fit.

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Steady Progress in the Battle Against COVID-19

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory are making progress on several fronts in the battle against COVID-19, the global pandemic sparked by the emergence of a novel coronavirus late last year. This work is part of a worldwide effort to understand the virus and the factors that affect its spread with the aim of devising treatments and other mitigation strategies.

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CARES Act funds major upgrade to Corona supercomputer for COVID-19 work

With funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, chipmaker AMD and information technology company Supermicro have upgraded the supercomputing cluster Corona, providing additional resources to scientists for COVID-19 drug discovery and vaccine research

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Researchers Identify “Druggable” Signaling Pathway that Stimulates Lung Tissue Repair

Researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have identified a cellular pathway that can be targeted with a naturally occurring drug to stimulate lung tissue regeneration, which is necessary for recovery from multiple lung injuries. The findings, which were published today in Nature Cell Biology, could lead to better therapies for patients with lung disease, including acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) due to COVID-19.

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Summer Students Tackle COVID-19

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many students had to rejigger summer plans. Internships they’d expected to be in-person moved to all-virtual formats. For more than 30 students participating in virtual summer programs at the Brookhaven Lab, that disruption presented an opportunity—a chance to engage in research related to the virus responsible for the upheaval.

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Novel diabetes drug candidate shows promising properties in human islets and mouse models

Researchers have discovered a new drug candidate that offers a major advance to treat diabetes. Tested on human and mouse pancreatic islets, mouse and rat cell cultures and animal models of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, the drug significantly improved four detrimental characteristics of diabetes.

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In Cell Studies, Seaweed Extract Outperforms Remdesivir in Blocking COVID-19 Virus

In a test of antiviral effectiveness against the virus that causes COVID-19, an extract from edible seaweeds substantially outperformed remdesivir, the current standard antiviral used to combat the disease. The research is the latest example of a decoy strategy researchers at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute are developing against viruses like the novel coronavirus that spawned the current global health crisis.

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