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What are the characteristics of the new strain of coronavirus in the UK?

The new coronavirus strain identified in the United Kingdom presents different mutations. Alma Bracho, FISABIO researcher, explains.

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Why is it difficult to predict the evolution of the pandemic reliably?

Answered by Anabel Forte, professor of Statistics and Operations Research at the University of Valencia, explains why it is so difficult to make reliable predictions about the pandemic.

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The only recourse

Our intelligence may be the only recourse against emerging infectious diseases like SARS-CoV-2.

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Why has the virus spread so rapidly across Europe in recent months?

The virus has spread again in the different populations because we have lowered our protective measures, when we should have maintained them for a much longer period.

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COVID-19 vaccines: remain cautious

On 9 November, Pfizer announced in a press release that their COVID-19 vaccine candidate shows 90 % efficacy. We analyse the situation with the voice of several experts.

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In the crosshairs

Although humans' irresponsible and indiscriminate use of the natural environment could be one of the causes behind the recent coronavirus crisis, bats have been targeted for their role as natural reservoirs of zoonotic pathogens.

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COVID-19: Sexes and evolution, on the defensive

Embracing an evolutionary perspective thus helps to explain why men and women react differently to certain infectious diseases and to understand (and combat) the strategies of viruses in their relentless evolutionary race to infect and spread among us.

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Coronavirus proteases: a priority target in the search for antivirals

Despite all the achievements in such a short period of time, we must stress that obtaining a drug capable of inhibiting any of the proteases in SARS-CoV-2, or any other pathogenic agent, is a long and complex process that requires the participation of different branches of science.

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«Standards», new Mètode monograph

The latest issue of Mètode addresses the subject of standards in science, with a special focus on synthetic biology.

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The time of pandemics: a reflection from a historical perspective

Every historical period has had its epidemic executioner, and it has almost always been the ecological changes between human communities and the environment that have caused changes in pathogenicity and epidemic diseases.

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