University of California, Riverside: Using physics to explain the transmission effects of different SARS-CoV-2 mutations

University of California, Riverside: Using physics to explain the transmission effects of different SARS-CoV-2 mutations. “During the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, multiple new and more transmissible variants of the virus have emerged. Understanding how specific mutations affect SARS-CoV-2 transmission could help us to better understand the biology of the virus and to control outbreaks. This, however, is a challenging task, said John Barton, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Riverside, who is presenting results from his research titled ‘Inferring the Effects of Mutations on SARS-CoV-2 Transmission From Genomic Surveillance Data’ at the American Physical Society’s March Meeting.”

KVUE: Dell Children’s sees unusual trend of kids infected with COVID-19, other viruses at the same time

KVUE: Dell Children’s sees unusual trend of kids infected with COVID-19, other viruses at the same time. “During this COVID-19 surge, pediatricians are seeing an unusual trend of patients being infected with COVID-19 and a typical winter virus like the flu at the same time. ‘In pediatrics, very rarely you have two or three illnesses happening at the same time,’ said Dell Children’s Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Meena Iyer.”

Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: mRNA vaccine credited with removing warts in weird booster side effect (New Zealand Herald)

New Zealand Herald: Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: mRNA vaccine credited with removing warts in weird booster side effect. “A Sydney-based woman has credited her booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine with removing two persistent warts she’s had for five years. Erin Riley said she made the discovery two weeks after receiving a mRNA Covid vaccine, which currently include Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna.”

Harvard Gazette: ‘This virus is a shape-shifter’

Harvard Gazette: ‘This virus is a shape-shifter’. “In an effort to predict future evolutionary maneuvers of SARS-CoV-2, a research team led by investigators at Harvard Medical School has identified several likely mutations that would allow the virus to evade immune defenses, including natural immunity acquired through infection or from vaccination, as well as antibody-based treatments.”

University of Virginia: Scientists Target Next Pandemic With ‘Map’ To Victory Over Viruses

University of Virginia: Scientists Target Next Pandemic With ‘Map’ To Victory Over Viruses. “University of Virginia School of Medicine researcher Wladek Minor and collaborators in China and Poland have developed an internet information system, called virusMED, that lays out all we know about the atomic structure and potential vulnerabilities of more than 800 virus strains from 75 different virus families, including SARS-CoV-2, influenza, Ebola and HIV‑1. Several of the collaborators, including the lead investigator, Heping Zheng, are former students and members of Minor’s lab at UVA.”

New York Times: Why Everyone Has the Worst Summer Cold Ever

New York Times: Why Everyone Has the Worst Summer Cold Ever. “Months of pandemic restrictions aimed at Covid-19 had the unintended but welcome effect of stopping flu, cold and other viruses from spreading. But now that masks are off and social gatherings, hugs and handshakes are back, the run-of-the-mill viruses that cause drippy noses, stuffy heads, coughs and sneezes have also returned with a vengeance.”

The Hacker News: Hacker Wanted in the U.S. for Spreading Gozi Virus Arrested in Colombia

The Hacker News: Hacker Wanted in the U.S. for Spreading Gozi Virus Arrested in Colombia. “Colombian authorities on Wednesday said they have arrested a Romanian hacker who is wanted in the U.S. for distributing a virus that infected more than a million computers from 2007 to 2012. Mihai Ionut Paunescu (aka ‘Virus’), the individual in question, was detained at the El Dorado airport in Bogotá, the Office of the Attorney General of Colombia said.”

Phys .org: New web app ranks spillover risk for newly detected viruses

Phys .org: New web app ranks spillover risk for newly detected viruses. “SARS-CoV-2 showed the world with devastating clarity the threat undetected viruses can pose to global public health. SpillOver, a new web application developed by scientists at the University of California, Davis, and contributed to by experts from all over the world, ranks the risk of wildlife-to-human spillover for newly-discovered viruses.”

Coronavirus: How the common cold can boot out Covid (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: How the common cold can boot out Covid. “The virus that causes the common cold can effectively boot the Covid virus out of the body’s cells, say researchers. Some viruses are known to compete in order to be the one that causes an infection. And University of Glasgow scientists say it appears cold-causing rhinovirus trumps coronavirus.”

Washington Post: The coronavirus isn’t mutating quickly, suggesting a vaccine would offer lasting protection

Washington Post: The coronavirus isn’t mutating quickly, suggesting a vaccine would offer lasting protection. “The coronavirus is not mutating significantly as it circulates through the human population, according to scientists who are closely studying the novel pathogen’s genetic code. That relative stability suggests the virus is less likely to become more or less dangerous as it spreads, and represents encouraging news for researchers hoping to create a long-lasting vaccine.”

Science: Chinese researchers reveal draft genome of virus implicated in Wuhan pneumonia outbreak

Science: Chinese researchers reveal draft genome of virus implicated in Wuhan pneumonia outbreak. “Scientists worried about China’s lack of transparency about a month-old outbreak of pneumonia in the city of Wuhan breathed a sigh of relief today, after a consortium of researchers published a draft genome of the newly discovered coronavirus suspected of causing the outbreak.”

Now Available: Database of DNA Viruses and Retroviruses

Now available: a database of DNA viruses and retroviruses. “There are more microbes in, on, and around the planet than there are stars in the Milky Way. Microbes affect food production; air quality; natural breakdown of plants, trees and biomass; soil quality for agriculture; and much more. To work with these microbes, scientists need to learn more about how microbes and viruses interact. Viruses influence microbes’ abilities to work. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute built the largest publicly available database for viruses. This single effort increases the number of known viral genes by a factor of 16. Further, in a series of four articles published in Nucleic Acids Research, DOE Joint Genome Institute researchers report on the latest updates to several other publicly accessible databases and computational tools. These databases and tools will benefit the global community of microbial researchers.”