Research Reagent Appreciation Contest

Have you created or contributed to the development of a new research reagent? At Kerafast, our mission is to advance scientific research by facilitating access to unique reagents developed in academic laboratories around the world. This quarter, we invite you to share your experience in developing a new research reagent to be featured in our 

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Cells Ability to Adapt to Hostile Environments in Critically Ill Patients

Researchers at the University of Plymouth collaborated with the University of College London and the Universities of Cambridge and Southampton to demonstrate that cells can adapt to conditions in critically ill patients by producing energy more efficiently than in healthy patients. Their research was published in Redox Biology. Oxygen and the Electron Transport Chain Within 

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Generation of the First Pig Influenza Antibodies

The Pirbright Institute recently developed the first-ever pig antibodies against influenza. The study published in PLOS Pathogens proves successful protection against flu infections, validating that the new antibodies can be used for model studies of human antibody therapeutics and vaccines. The Pirbright team collaborated with the University of Oxford, The Francis Crick Institute and The 

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Rapid Low-Cost Method to Measure COVID-19 Immunity

A research team led by Igor Stagljar at University of Toronto has been working to develop a new method of measuring the level of immunity to coronavirus in individuals who have recovered from COVID-19. Through their research, they have created a pinprick test that quickly and accurately measures the concentration of coronavirus antibodies in blood. 

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The Transport of Mitochondria and Lysosomes During Synapse Formation and Plasticity

I am a 3rd year PhD student conducting my research in Dr. Sathyanarayanan Puthanveettil’s lab at Scripps Research, Florida. My research goal is to understand the significance and regulation of bidirectionally transported organelles within the axon during learning and memory.  Specifically, I study the transport of mitochondria (that supplies energy) and lysosomes (that degrades and 

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A Closer Look into Mosquito Anti-Diuresis

The female mosquito, Aedes aegypti, is a day-biting mosquito, taking a single or multiple blood meals, to obtain the necessary vitamins and nutrients for her egg development1. However, upon ingesting a large blood meal, adult females face the challenge of haemolymph (blood) ion dilution, as they take on a significant water load. To cope with 

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Single Dose of Recombinant VSV-ΔG-Spike Vaccine Protects Against SARS-CoV-2

The COVID-19 pandemic sparked the need to develop an efficient and cost-effective vaccine to provide mass immunization against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. An Israeli study, initially published in June 2020 on the preprint server bioRxiv, examined the possibility of generating a new recombinant vaccine to protect against SARS-CoV-2. The report is now available 

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Graduate Student Nomination Contest

Nominate Your Graduate Student! Do you know a graduate student who is helping advance life science research? This quarter, we invite you to nominate any graduate student to be featured in our upcoming newsletter and social media channels. The winners will be randomly drawn for a chance to win a $1250 gift card. The nomination 

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