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Special: Coronavirus and Covid-19 (May 19, 2021)
Numbers, facts and background information on the pandemic

Cancer: Adenovirus against tumor cells (May 19, 2021)
Viral gene ferry causes cancer cells to make antibodies against themselves

Corona: Variant B.1.617 is also spreading in Europe (05/17/2021)
What do we know so far about the Indian variant of the coronavirus?

Coronavirus DNA also in our genome (May 7th, 2021)
SARS-CoV-2 sequences transcribed in DNA detected in the genome of infected cells

Corona: Hepatitis drugs make Remdesivir more effective (04/29/2021)
Active ingredients against hepatitis C offer an opportunity for new combination preparations against SARS-CoV-2

Corona: Antibody reveals risk of severe course (04/27/2021)
Pre-contact with the common cold coronavirus OC43 mitigates infection with SARS-CoV-2

Blood component protects coronavirus from antibodies (23.04.2021)
The degradation product of hemoglobin hinders the immune defense and promotes severe courses of Covid-19

Corona epidemic as early as the Stone Age? (04/21/2021)
A coronavirus could have raged in East Asia 25,000 years ago

Vaccination freeze also for Johnson & Johnson (April 14th, 2021)
Second vector vaccine against Covid-19 also causes cerebral vein thrombosis

Covid-19: asthma spray against severe courses? (04/13/2021)
Study suggests mitigating effects of the common glucocorticoid budesonide

This is how neuro-covid shows up in the brain (April 9, 2021)
Modified brain metabolism demonstrated in patients with long-term cognitive effects

Corona: First look at vaccine proteins (April 8th, 2021)
Spike proteins produced by our cells after vaccination are similar to their viral counterparts

AstraZeneca: Why cerebral vein thrombosis occurs (03/31/2021)
Research group reveals possible mechanism behind the vaccine side effect

Corona: Novel inhibitor identified (March 29, 2021)
Molecule blocks infection of cells with SARS-CoV-2 - but different from common antibodies

Vaccination protection through inhalation (26.03.2021)
New vaccine strategy could improve the immune protection of the mucous membranes

Corona: inflammation syndrome also in adults (23.03.2021)
First adult cases of multi-inflammatory syndrome after coronavirus infection

Is Corona getting on your ears? (22.03.2021)
Meta-study provides evidence of increased hearing loss and tinnitus due to Covid-19

Coronavirus: pandemic had several false starts (03/19/2021)
Genetic data suggest "failed" epidemics in Hubei from October 2019

Can "Long Covid" be predicted? (03/18/2021)
The number of symptoms in the acute phase could herald persistent long-term effects

AstraZeneca: Background to the vaccination freeze (16.03.2021)
What is sinus vein thrombosis and what is the connection with the vaccine?

Quitting smoking is also good for the soul (March 16, 2021)
Stepping towards quitting can promote mental health and psycho-social well-being

Pollen count increases corona risk (03/09/2021)
Pollution increases infection rates and weakens the antiviral immune response

Corona: 87,000 publications in ten months (February 25, 2021)
Pandemic brought unprecedented glut of scientific publications

AstraZeneca vaccine: longer interval works better (02/23/2021)
Greater protective effect if the second vaccine dose is twelve weeks apart

Corona: 20.5 million years of life lost (02/22/2021)
Lifetime loss from Covid-19 deaths is two to nine times higher than that of influenza

Lockdowns reduced exposure to ground-level ozone (02/17/2021)
Reduced nitrogen oxide emissions from traffic also led to a drop in ozone levels in 2020

Coronavirus causes our cells to fuse (02/17/2021)
SARS-CoV-2 spike protein triggers cell fusions even in non-infected cells

Corona: mystery of origins deepens (02/12/2021)
The spike protein of a pangolin virus is similar in structure and behavior to SARS-CoV-2

Is climate change partly to blame for SARS-CoV-2? (02/08/2021)
Changes over the past 100 years have created a coronavirus hotspot in southern China

Coronavirus caught mutating (02/08/2021)
Medical professionals observe development of mutants in an immunocompromised patient

Why the blood sugar can derail with Covid-19 (05.02.2021)
SARS-CoV-2 also infects the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas

Covid-19: Periodontitis can promote severe course (02/04/2021)
Gum recession is also likely a risk factor for Covid-19

How does the Russian corona vaccine work? (04.02.2021)
"Sputnik" vaccine against Covid-19 uses two carrier viruses instead of one

Lockdowns made the air warmer in the region (02/03/2021)
The cooling effect of air pollution temporarily weakened in 2020

Blood group influences intestinal flora (01/29/2021)
Antigens of the AB0 system promote the growth of certain bacteria in the intestine

CDC: Corona risk in schools no higher (01/27/2021)
If protective measures are observed, there are no concerns about classroom teaching

Corona: Is B.1.1.7. but more deadly? (25.01.2021)
British researchers see evidence of increased case mortality with the new virus variant

Corona: Are there any threat of escape mutations in the virus? (01/21/2021)
What the new virus variants reveal about the adaptation and resistance development of SARS-CoV-2

Corona: more myopia due to lockdowns (01/18/2021)
Curfews and homeschooling increase myopia in children in China

Corona: Why Remdesivir works so little (15.01.2021)
Antiviral agents often only temporarily block RNA synthesis

Neuro-Covid: immune changes in the nerve water (13.01.2021)
Patients with neurological symptoms show weaker immune responses in the nervous system

First gorillas infected with the coronavirus (01/12/2021)
Great apes at the San Diego Zoo have contracted Covid-19

Corona: long-term effects in 76 percent of Covid patients (11.01.2021)
Three quarters still have at least one symptom six months after being discharged from the hospital

Corona: How long does the immune protection last? (08.01.2021)
Study proves effective immune memory even after eight months

Corona vaccination: can the second dose be postponed? (07.01.2021)
Extending the interval could free up more doses for the primary vaccination

Corona: does the virus attack our oxygen sensor? (04.01.2021)
Infestation of the sensor cells in the carotid artery could explain unnoticed shortness of breath

Corona: how dangerous is the new mutant? (21.12.2020)
What has been said so far about the coronavirus strain B.1.1.7. knows - and what not

Corona: How high is the risk in the car? (18.12.2020)
Aerosol spreading in cars is sometimes different than expected

The highlights of 2020 (December 18, 2020)
"Science" magazine names the corona vaccines the breakthrough of the year

Corona: are the vaccines sufficient? (16.12.2020)
A fifth of the world's population will have to wait until 2022 - at least

Antigen tests: how reliable are self-smears? (15.12.2020)
Smear from the front nose is hardly less precise than a classic nasopharynx smear

Corona: five genes favor a severe course (12/14/2020)
Gene variants promote inflammatory reactions and inhibit immune defense in Covid-19

Corona: microthromboses also in children (09.12.2020)
Biomarkers indicate vascular and kidney damage even with asymptomatic infections

Researchers refute blood group diet (December 8, 2020)
Plant-based diets do not help people with blood group A lose weight any better than others

Corona: flu drug inhibits coronavirus transmission (07.12.2020)
Antiviral agent molnupiravir blocks SARS-CoV-2 transmission in ferrets

Corona: What is behind the unnoticed shortness of breath? (03.12.2020)
Health professionals identify potential causes of hypoxemia in the lungs

AI system cracks protein code (01.12.2020)
AlphaFold decodes the folding of proteins with unprecedented precision

How SARS-CoV-2 gets into the brain (01.12.2020)
For the coronavirus, olfactory sensory cells are a gateway into the nervous system

Corona: New biomarkers for severe disease (11/30/2020)
Immature red blood cells and platelets in the blood signal severe cases of Covid-19

Where is the next pandemic threatened? (25.11.2020)
20 percent of the world's most connected cities are possible outbreaks

Greenhouse gas values ​​at record high (11/24/2020)
Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels exceed 410 ppm as an annual mean

How the coronavirus restructures our cells (11/24/2020)
Infection with SARS-CoV-2 leads to a radical restructuring of the cell interior

Corona: all clear for the mink mutations? (23/11/2020)
Cluster-5 and other mutations do not seem to prevail in humans

Corona: Why smokers are more at risk (11/18/2020)
Tobacco smoke inhibits the repair and immune response of the airway mucosal cells

Second mRNA vaccine successful (November 17, 2020)
Moderna vaccine protects against Covid-19 with 94.5 percent effectiveness

Coronavirus attacks the heart directly (November 16, 2020)
SARS-CoV-2 multiplies in heart muscle cells, but uses other door openers

Corona: Cold Antibodies Can Protect (November 12, 2020)
Some antibodies against cold coronaviruses also respond to SARS-CoV-2

Corona: calculate the risk of infection yourself (11/11/2020)
Online calculator determines the individual risk according to space and situation

Corona vaccine: mRNA vaccine works (11/10/2020)
New type of mRNA vaccine from BioNTech protects 90 percent against Covid-19

Corona: Why the blood clumps with Covid-19 (06.11.2020)
Misdirected antibodies derail the blood clotting of corona patients

Covid-19 has seven variants (03.11.2020)
With a mild course of Covid-19, the symptoms occur in certain combinations

Europe: New Corona Mutant Spreads (02.11.2020)
Strain 20A.EU1 originated in Spain and was introduced by holidaymakers to other countries

Corona: More children infected than known (10/30/2020)
Antibody tests in Bavaria reveal six times higher infection rates in up to 18-year-olds

Can the coronavirus trigger Parkinson's? (10/26/2020)
First cases indicate Parkinson's as a possible long-term consequence of Covid-19

How the coronavirus attacks the lung cells (23.10.2020)
Organoids reveal the course of infection from the first contact to death of the lung cell

Coronavirus: New door opener in the cell (21.10.2020)
The membrane protein Neuropilin-1 promotes the entry of SARS-CoV-2 into human cells

Corona: Can other vaccinations protect? (16.10.2020)
Indications of the protective effect of measles and tuberculosis vaccination against Covid-19

Pandemic consequences: strongest decrease in CO2 in history (15.10.2020)
Global greenhouse gas emissions fell to an all-time low in the first half of 2020

Pig coronavirus: is there a risk of a species leap? (14.10.2020)
The new SADS-CoV virus can also multiply in human cells

Corona: Neurological symptoms due to "immature" antibodies? (13.10.2020)
First indications of the cause of nerve and brain damage from Covid-19

Smear infection: Coronavirus outlasts longer than expected (October 12, 2020)
SARS-CoV-2 remains infectious on smooth surfaces for up to 28 days

Corona: vaccines effective despite mutation (09.10.2020)
New coronavirus mutant is also susceptible to vaccines against the old form

Further tightening of the corona in Europe (09.10.2020)
The EU and countries are reacting to a sharp increase in new infections

Scarlet fever: return through "superantigens" (08.10.2020)
Genes newly adopted from viruses make the scarlet pathogen more aggressive

Chemistry Nobel Prize for CRISPR / Cas9 (07.10.2020)
DNA editing tools ushered in a new era in genetic engineering

Corona: Can wearing glasses protect? (07.10.2020)
Eye protection appears to reduce the risk of infection, but more studies are needed

Nobel Prize for Medicine for discoverer of the hepatitis C virus (05.10.2020)
Three researchers made it possible to identify and cure the deadly liver disease

Time travel without paradox possible (02.10.2020)
Mathematicians find a solution to the grandfather paradox

Corona: increased transmission among children? (02.10.2020)
Indian study observed particularly high rates of infection among children of the same age

Corona: Vitamin D can mitigate Covid-19 (29.09.2020)
Sufficient vitamin D supply reduces the risk of death and the severity of Covid-19

Chronic exhaustion as a long-term corona consequence (25.09.2020)
More than half of Covid 19 patients still suffer from fatigue months later

Corona: how risky is elevator travel? (24.09.2020)
Infectious aerosols can remain in the cabin for up to 30 minutes

First virus eater discovered worldwide (09/24/2020)
Tiny unicellular organisms in the ocean are the first known organisms to use viruses as food

Corona: What does the new antigen test bring? (23.09.2020)
Pharmaceutical company Roche launches rapid test for SARS-CoV-2

Corona: How the virus attacks the brain (15.09.2020)
SARS-CoV-2 can multiply in human brain cells and kill them

How the coronavirus came to Europe (09/14/2020)
Researchers reconstruct the beginning of the pandemic in Europe and the USA

A cold protects against the flu - and Covid-19? (08.09.2020)
Rhinovirus infestation activates antiviral messenger substances and makes co-infection more difficult

Just a few cigarettes a day are enough (08.09.2020)
The risk of death from lung diseases and cancer is significantly increased even in the case of infrequent smokers

Corona: long-term consequences also in children (07.09.2020)
Multisystemic inflammation can occur weeks after an asymptomatic infection

Coronavirus can trigger diabetes (03.09.2020)
New evidence of damage to insulin-producing cells by SARS-CoV-2

Corona: Mutation favors a mild course (01.09.2020)
Virus variant with 382 deleted RNA bases shows weakened pathogenicity

Corona: can a vaccine stop the pandemic? (08/28/2020)
The vaccination rate and protective effect determine the success against SARS-CoV-2

Cancer drugs against the coronavirus (08/26/2020)
Proven inhibitors of cellular signal cascades also stop the virus from multiplying

Corona: is a second infection possible? (08/25/2020)
Re-infection of a man after surviving Covid-19 raises doubts about immune protection

Corona: Delayed attack on the heart (08/24/2020)
Heart muscle inflammation can occur weeks after the infection - even in younger people

Corona: which animal species are susceptible? (08/24/2020)
The ACE2 receptor found in great apes, whales and deer is most similar to ours

Corona: higher risk in dry air (08/21/2020)
Low indoor humidity promotes the transmission of SARS-CoV-2

Corona: urinal danger zone? (08/20/2020)
Flushing urinals throws aerosols higher and further than a toilet

Coronavirus: more agile than expected (08/19/2020)
SARS-CoV-2 spike protein has three "joints" and is well protected by deposits

Animals also practice social distancing (08/17/2020)
Crabs, mandrills and bees change their social behavior when infected

Corona: Not everyone develops protective antibodies (08/06/2020)
Blocking of virus binding only in 60 percent of the tested subjects

Pig viruses with pandemic potential - also with us (04.08.2020)
Researchers detect novel influenza viruses in European pig farms

The coronavirus to print out (03.08.2020)
First biologically correct model of SARS-CoV-2 for the 3D printer

How many of us die from Corona? (07/31/2020)
22 percent of Covid 19 patients treated in German hospitals die

Corona: can previous colds protect? (07/30/2020)
First indications of cross immunity from previous infections with cold coronaviruses

Corona: SARS-CoV-2 has been around for decades (07/29/2020)
Pandemic pathogens could have been circulating in bats since the 1960s

Corona: How high is the risk of infection from aerosols? (07/28/2020)
Superspreader can enrich room air with millions of viruses per cubic meter of air

Corona: How the Tönnies outbreak came about (07/24/2020)
Contagion in the meat factory created new virus mutants

Corona: Earth has never been as quiet (07/24/2020)
Lockdowns brought longest and strongest sinking seismic tremors ever recorded

Positive results for two further corona vaccines (07/21/2020)
After vaccination, test persons produce antibodies and T cells against SARS-CoV-2

Corona makes weather forecasts less accurate (07/21/2020)
Missing weather data from commercial aircraft leaves gaps

Corona: unborn babies can also be infected (07/20/2020)
First clear evidence of coronavirus transmission in the womb

Corona: It depends on the immune type (07/16/2020)
Specific reactions of the immune defense favor severe courses of Covid-19

Corona: Neurological consequences even in mild cases (07/14/2020)
Covid-19 can cause brain inflammation, nerve damage, and other complications

Corona: pandemic stress is on the heart (07/10/2020)
Medical professionals are reporting more cases of stress-related "broken heart" syndrome

Climate: 1.5 degrees warming by 2024? (07/10/2020)
Forecasts do not rule out exceeding the Paris climate target in the next five years

Corona: Neanderthal genes as a risk factor? (07/08/2020)
A portion of DNA inherited from the Neanderthals could favor severe courses of Covid-19

New air filter kills coronavirus (07/08/2020)
Electrically heated nickel foam could reduce indoor aerosol pollution

Corona: Mystery of unnoticed shortness of breath (07/07/2020)
Why does the lack of oxygen cause shortness of breath in some Covid-19 patients?

Corona: New virus mutant conquers the world (03.07.2020)
A mutated form of SARS-CoV-2 has almost replaced the original variant

Corona: does EPO help against Covid-19? (03.07.2020)
Erythropoietin could alleviate severe disease in three ways

Viruses: does gene theft help with infection? (29.06.2020)
Hybrid "Frankenstein" proteins could contribute to the virulence of some RNA viruses

Corona hotspot Ischgl: Almost half of the residents were infected (06/26/2020)
Antibody test results in the highest contamination value for SARS-CoV-2 worldwide

Polarstern back in the Arctic ice (June 19, 2020)
After a crew change off Spitzbergen, the MOSAiC expedition continues its work

How measles came to humans (June 19, 2020)
Virus made the species leap from cattle to humans 2,500 years ago

Dexamethasone - new hope against corona? (06/18/2020)
Cortisone drug lowers death rate in seriously ill Covid-19 patients

Antidepressant inhibits the coronavirus (06/17/2020)
The active ingredient fluoxetine, which has been approved for 40 years, blocks the multiplication of SARS-CoV-2

Corona: A double pack against the virus (June 16, 2020)
Cocktails made from antibody pairs work even after the virus has mutated

Corona: What role does the blood group play? (06/12/2020)
Blood group A could be more susceptible to Covid-19, blood group 0 less

Does Remdesivir help against Covid-19? (10.06.2020)
Early administration of the remedy protects rhesus monkeys from a more severe course

Corona: Which measures were most effective? (06/09/2020)
School closings bring a surprising amount, curfews only little

High blood pressure: how high is the corona risk? (05.06.2020)
Blood pressure patients die twice as often from Covid-19 - but antihypertensive drugs protect them

Corona: rapid test for saliva samples (04.06.2020)
New saliva test could be suitable for serial tests of nursing staff and risk groups

RNA loop makes coronavirus particularly stable (03.06.2020)
Additional structure in the genome protects SARS-CoV-2 from degradation in the cell

Corona: New references to the nose as a gateway (02.06.2020)
Coronavirus could also get into the lungs with the nasal mucus

Corona: Up to 80 percent asymptomatic cases? (05/28/2020)
The proportion of people infected without symptoms seems to vary widely

Corona: What the skin reveals (May 26, 2020)
Red spots, pustules and "chilblains" can indicate an infection with SARS-CoV-2

Coronavirus in breast milk? (05/25/2020)
Detection of SARS-CoV-2 in milk samples, contagion potential still unclear

Science: How reliable are the results? (05/22/2020)
Experiment tests how well research teams agree when evaluating the same data

Corona: First advances in vaccines (May 22, 2020)
Promising interim results for several vaccine candidates

Dogs sniff out Covid-19 (May 20, 2020)
Four-legged friends can recognize characteristic fragrances in the urine of infected patients

Corona: But no dying in summer? (05/19/2020)
Seasonal development could only come into play after the acute pandemic phase

Corona: What did the lockdown bring? (05/18/2020)
Analysis of the course of the epidemic shows three clear stages that correspond to the steps taken

CO2: On record course despite Corona (May 18, 2020)
17 megatons of CO2 less per day, but atmospheric CO2 is still increasing

Corona: how contagious is speaking? (05/15/2020)
Experiment reveals micro-droplet production while talking

Africa threatens 250 million people infected with corona (May 15, 2020)
WHO study predicts contagion of almost a quarter of the population

Corona: urine warns of severe progress (May 13, 2020)
Even days before Covid-19 worsened, the urine test showed signs

Corona: Children can also get sick - but differently (May 12, 2020)
Doctors are increasingly reporting cases of severe inflammatory conditions in children

Corona: are pangolins the missing link? (05/11/2020)
Why the pangolins are likely carriers of the coronavirus

How strong has the coronavirus mutated? (May 8th, 2020)
Hundreds of mutations in SARS-CoV-2 - but the effects are debatable

Corona: What does the "Heinsberg Study" tell us? (05/05/2020)
First insights into the proportion of asymptomatic cases, the "true" death rate and the number of unreported cases

How the coronavirus attacks the intestines (05/04/2020)
Intestinal organoids confirm infestation of cells of the intestinal mucosa by SARS-CoV-2

Corona: Remdesivir works - a little (04/30/2020)
Active ingredient candidate reduces sickness time and death rate less than hoped

Why are more men dying from Covid-19? (04/29/2020)
With almost the same number of cases, the death rate for men is around twice as high

A family tree for the virosphere (April 29, 2020)
Research panel develops a new, more comprehensive taxonomy for viruses

Corona: What role does the cytokine storm play? (04/27/2020)
Covid-19 causes an overreaction of the immune system - can inhibitors help against it?

Corona forces the "Polarstern" out of the ice (April 27, 2020)
MOSAiC expedition has to reschedule due to the pandemic - and loses valuable measurement time

Coronavirus messes up the blood (04/24/2020)
Noticeably high number of thromboses and pulmonary embolisms in Covid-19 patients

Coronaviruses and bats: coevolution for millions of years (04/24/2020)
Virus strains follow the bat family tree, not geographical distribution

Germany has a particularly high number of anti-vaccinations (April 23, 2020)
In this country, more parents refuse to vaccinate their children than in Spain or France

Coronavirus: But from the virus laboratory? (04/21/2020)
Experts see no evidence of an origin of SARS-CoV-2 in the Wuhan laboratory

Coronavirus: rapid test with gene scissors (April 20, 2020)
The CRISPR / Cas system enables virus detection to be similar to PCR tests - but faster

Corona: Are overweight people at greater risk? (04/17/2020)
Evidence of a higher proportion of severe courses in patients with a high BMI

Does the coronavirus also affect nerves and the brain? (04/14/2020)
Study finds neurological symptoms in a third of Covid 19 patients

Coronavirus: How at risk are younger people? (04/09/2020)
First figures on the Covid death risk for people under 65 in Europe

Corona pandemic: who is researching what and where? (April 8th, 2020)
Interactive world map shows the location and topic of current clinical studies on SARS-CoV-2 and Covid-19

Plasma transfusion against Covid-19? (07.04.2020)
Antibodies from the blood of healed patients can help seriously ill Covid patients

Researchers disinfect smartphones with light (04/07/2020)
Device with short-wave UV radiation kills viruses and bacteria in seconds

This is what the coronavirus sounds like as music (April 6th, 2020)
Researchers convert natural vibrations of the spike protein into audible sounds

Coronavirus also infects cats (04/03/2020)
Cats and ferrets are susceptible to infection, but dogs are hardly at risk

Coronavirus: are the antibody tests coming soon? (03.04.2020)
New, more reliable rapid tests may be available soon

Corona lockdown: Earth is becoming quieter (02.04.2020)
Seismic noise from human activities has decreased measurably

Chronic stress changes the sperm (04/01/2020)
The consequences of stress influence germ cells and the embryonic development of the offspring

Corona test for wastewater? (March 31, 2020)
In the future, rapid tests should be able to detect SARS-CoV-2 genes in wastewater

Coronavirus: are great apes also at risk? (03/30/2020)
SARS-CoV-2 could also infect chimpanzees, gorillas and the like

May 19, 2021

- Nadja Podbregar