Coronaviruses mimic immune proteins and hide in plain sight

New study finds coronaviruses are masters of mimicry, reproducing their host’s immune proteins to remain invisible and help promote infection. Colorized scanning electron micrograph of a VERO E6 cell (blue) heavily infected with SARS-COV-2 virus particles (orange). Image credit: NIAID Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and in nature, it also serves a practical […]

In rodent experiments modeled to mimic real-life circumstances, scientists revealed brain mechanisms that could lead to targeted treatments. — ScienceDaily

Through intricate experiments designed to account for sex-specific differences, scientists at Scripps Research have collaborated to zero in on certain changes in the brain that may be responsible for driving alcohol abuse among people with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. In studies with rodents, researchers found that males and females exhibit their own distinct symptoms […]