In lab experiments, pralatrexate outperforms remdesivir against SARS-CoV-2 — ScienceDaily

A novel computational drug screening strategy combined with lab experiments suggest that pralatrexate, a chemotherapy medication originally developed to treat lymphoma, could potentially be repurposed to treat Covid-19. Haiping Zhang of the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology in Shenzhen, China, and colleagues present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS Computational Biology. With the Covid-19 […]

The simple lab technique that changed everything

What do gene sequencing, catching criminals with DNA evidence, and “designer babies” all have in common? Forty years ago, these were all considered science fiction topics. Today, they are fields of serious study. All three of these fields, and many more, were made possible by a very important discovery in 1986: a laboratory technique called […]

The world’s newest monkey species was found in a lab, not on an expedition

The discovery of the Popa langur, a medium-sized leaf-eating monkey found in central Myanmar, was recently announced by scientists. It is estimated there are just 200 to 250 of these monkeys, which will likely mean the new species is classed as “critically endangered.” This find was announced just a week or so after two new species of […]

From lab to industry? Ideally ordered porous titania films, made at scale

IMAGE: (upper) Illustration of new high-throughput process for making ordered through-hole membranes out of titania. (lower left) Scanning electron micrograph of titania through-hole membrane. (lower right) Cross-sectional scanning electron micrograph of… view more  Credit: Tokyo Metropolitan University Tokyo, Japan – Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have realized high-throughput production of thin, ordered through-hole membranes of titanium […]

In the lab, scientists identify possible COVID-19 treatment — ScienceDaily

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause significant illness and death while treatment options remain limited. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have discovered a potential strategy to prevent life-threatening inflammation, lung damage and organ failure in patients with COVID-19. The research appeared online in the journal Cell. The scientists identified the drugs after discovering that […]

Watch a ‘Godzilla’ wasp dominate Mothra in this eerie lab video

Delicate ferns lay across the still water, when suddenly, a writhing caterpillar bursts to the surface, followed closely by a determined wasp. Wrenching the caterpillar into position, the wasp quickly injects the wiggly creature with eggs before releasing it back into the water. Sound like the plot to a twisted sci-fi flick? This parasitic wasp […]

Mentorship During a Pandemic: Transitions from Lab and Sea to Virtual

The summer of 2020 was supposed to be one of exploration, discovery, and mentorship for students in the geosciences. But then the pandemic happened. Laboratories shuttered their doors; research vessels stayed docked. Many of the mentorship programs students applied to are now navigating the still-uncharted waters of the “new normal” and working to […]