October 18, 2021 – It is still unclear how exactly SARS-CoV-2 passed on to humans. How did the coronavirus pandemic, which is still affecting everyday life and coexistence around the world, even begin? Almost two years after the virus first …

SARS-CoV-2-like RBD allowing ACE2-mediated entry into human cells from bats of Indochinese peninsula Read more »

August 22, 2021 – A new study of the genetics underlying facial features finds that East Africans have some unique facial genetics and some that are shared with Europeans. The findings, published August 19th in PLOS Genetics by Chenxing Liu, …

Study of East Africans illuminates new genetic factors underlying human faces Read more »

July 24, 2021 – In the very early days of the Corona pandemic, the plant Artemisia annua has gained some faim, doubtful at the time, as ingredient, in the form of extracts, in the product Covid Organics, produced and promoted in …

Extracts from Artemisia annua active in vitro against SARS-CoV-2 Read more »

November 19, 2020 – Does genetic variation gives rise to differences in mathematical ability? Based on the observation that certain individuals can solve a simple mental arithmetic, such as the square root of nine, in a split second while other …

Two times two equals five. Some of the genetics behind mathematical capability Read more »

October 15, 2020 – SARS-CoV-2 and its resulting disease, Covid-19 disease, is (still) rattling the world. It still remains largely unknown, at this point in time, which are the infected individuals who fall very seriously, even fatally, ill with Covid-19 disease. …

Gene variants tied to increased risk of severe COVID-19 disease Read more »

June 13, 2020 – To help disentangle the secrets of Covid-19 disease, researchers are sequencing the DNA of young grown-ups and children who suffer from extreme Covid-19 disease ailments in spite of having no hidden clinical issues. The scientists are …

Study looks at genetic background of healthy people who develop severe Covid-19 illness Read more »

June 07, 2020 – Most children with rare genetic diseases spend years undergoing medical tests and waiting for a diagnosis—a long, exhausting process that takes its toll on children and their families. Almost half of these children never get a …

Diagnoses for children with rare genetic diseases by 3-D facial scans Read more »

May 22, 2020 – Host factors (i.e., disease phenotypes and/or predispositions) instead of viral genetic variation seem to impact more on sickness severity among Covid-19 patients, as indicated by an investigation from China. Scientists in Shanghai analyzed clinical, atomic, and …

Host factors may influence Covid-19 severity more than viral genetic variation Read more »

May 07, 2020 – Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a localized enlargement of the abdominal aorta such that the diameter is greater than 3 cm or more than 50% larger than normal. AAAs usually cause no symptoms, except during rupture. Occasionally, abdominal, back, or leg …

Abdominal aortic aneurysm: Genetic scoring can identify more men at risk Read more »

May 03, 2020 –  The world is desperate in the search for a treatment or better yet a vaccine in the Covid-19 pandemic. Slowly, there are some options emerging at least for the treatment of seriously ill Covid-19 patients. First …

Besides the now approved remdesivir: Emerging options to treat Covid-19 Read more »