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Placental cell-type productively infected with SARS-CoV-2

The emergence of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in December 2019 was followed by its rapid worldwide spread, causing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to become a public health emergency and then be declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization in March 2020. Study: An iTSC-derived placental model of SARS-CoV-2 infection reveals […]

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Replication of SARS-CoV-2 variants in different cell and organ models

The emergence of genetically diverse severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) variants, with altered phenotypic properties, has occurred due to the continuous mutation of the original strain first reported in Wuhan, China, in 2019. In 2021, the World Health Organization categorized these variants as variants of concern (VOC) and variants of interest (VOI) based […]

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Some heart medications may facilitate SARS-CoV-2 infection through increasing ACE2 receptor levels

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has continued to ravage much of the world since it first emerged in December 2019. An interesting poster, just presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 2021, reports an association between the […]