Masks Connecting Communities

When Seattle Children’s posted on social media asking followers to consider donating any unopened masks in light of a global manufacturing shortage and the impact of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), the community responded in a big way. In one week, community members near and far rallied to donate more than 17,000 masks and these numbers are expected to increase…
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In work published recently in Nature Structural & Mechanical Biology, scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center described self-assembling, donut-shaped protein nanoparticles designed from scratch. The team showed that the nanoparticles, which can act as scaffolds for the organization and display of biomolecules currently used in various clinical and research applications, could someday enhance these applications by simplifying biomolecule production or by…
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While pregnant women are included in those thought to be at high risk for COVID-19, not much is actually known yet about the virus’ potential impacts on pregnancy. But a University of Washington obstetrician and professor hopes to change that, shifting her lab’s research into the new virus. Dr. Kristina Adams Waldorf will move from Zika research to investigating such…
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When five researchers at the University of Washington, Seattle, launched the new Center for an Informed Public back in December 2019, they had no idea what was coming. The center aims to study how misinformation propagates and use the findings to “promote an informed society, and strengthen democratic discourse.” Now, just a few months later, the coronavirus pandemic is generating a tidal…
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Functional cellular proteomics platform developer IsoPlexis and the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) said today they will partner to study COVID-19 by mapping functional immune responses at the single cell level. The partners said they plan to carry out research on immune cells from people who have been diagnosed with, or recovered from, COVID-19. IsoPlexis’ single cell functional proteomics platform will…
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Diabetes is now a pandemic disease. Moreover, a large number of people with prediabetes are at risk for developing frank diabetes worldwide. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes increase the risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (CVD). Even with statin treatment to lower LDL cholesterol, patients with diabetes have a high residual CVD risk. Factors mediating the residual risk are…
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The scientific sleuths who tracked down the origins of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak in the Seattle area have announced a new initiative to crack the case wide-open — and they’re signing up volunteers for self-testing at home. So many volunteers responded in the first few hours that the Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network, or SCAN, reached its capacity for today and told…
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Microsoft and Seattle-based Adaptive Biotechnologies announced Friday they will work together to map the immune response to COVID-19. The goal of the partnership is to study population-wide immune responses to the disease. Their findings will be publicly available via an open data portal. By studying broad immune responses to the virus, the companies hope they can provide unique insights as researchers search…
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A team of computational neuroscientists at the Allen Institute have unveiled their largest virtual brain recreation to date: A computer-based simulation of the part of the mouse brain that processes what the animal sees, containing 230,000 lifelike digital neurons. The team published an article describing the new model, which is openly available for others in the community to use, in the journal Neuron earlier…
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