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Scientist Q&A: The Molecular Imaging Behind COVID-19 Breakthroughs

Berkeley Lab scientist who leads the development of a widely used data analysis software discusses the role of structural biology in vaccine and antiviral research.

Solving a Genetic Mystery at the Heart of the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its second year, scientists are still working to understand how the new strain of coronavirus evolved, and how it became so much more dangerous than other coronaviruses, which humans have been living alongside for millennia. Virologists and epidemiologists worldwide have speculated for months that a protein called ORF8 likely holds the answer, and a recent study by Berkeley Lab scientists has helped confirm this hypothesis.

The Odd Structure of ORF8: Scientists Map the Coronavirus Protein Linked to Immune Evasion and Disease Severity

A team of biologists who banded together to support COVID-19 science determined the atomic structure of a coronavirus protein thought to help the pathogen evade and dampen response from human immune cells. The structural map – which is now published in the journal PNAS, but has been open-access for the scientific community since August – has laid the groundwork for new antiviral treatments and enabled further investigations into how the newly emerged virus ravages the human body.

This Anti-COVID Mask Design Breaks the Mold

To address PPE shortages during the pandemic, scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley are developing a rechargeable, reusable, anti-COVID mask design and a 3D-printable silicon-cast mask mold.

Clues to COVID-19 Treatments Could Be Hiding in Existing Data – These Scientists Want to Find Them 

Researchers across the world have already amassed tons of info about COVID-19, and learn more every day. Now, Berkeley Lab experts are developing a platform that puts all this valuable knowledge in one place, and leverages machine learning to make new discoveries.

Scaling Up Science During a Global-Scale Emergency

Our biomanufacturing experts are helping accelerate the development of new COVID-19-fighting technologies. Learn how the scientists at the ABPDU are collaborating with biotech companies to scale up and optimize production of coronavirus-targeting antibodies and a highly accurate rapid testing system.

VIDEOS: Science Collaborations Find a Way During COVID-19 Pandemic

Even an underground experiment 4,600 feet below a mountain in Central Italy, and a telescope instrument more than a mile high atop an Arizona mountaintop could not escape the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In these videos, a Berkeley Lab scientist and two Berkeley Lab-affiliated researchers share their experiences of working in international collaborations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scientists Aim Gene-Targeting Breakthrough Against COVID-19

Scientists at Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry have joined forces with a research team at Stanford to aim a gene-targeting, antiviral agent called PAC-MAN against COVID-19.

This COVID-19 Detector Has Berkeley Lab Roots

A technology spun from carbon nanotube sensors discovered 20 years ago by Berkeley Lab scientists could one day help health care providers test patients for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

Using Machine Learning to Estimate COVID-19’s Seasonal Cycle

One of the many unanswered scientific questions about COVID-19 is whether it is seasonal like the flu – waning in warm summer months then resurging in the fall and winter. Now scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are launching a project to apply machine-learning methods to a plethora of health and environmental datasets, combined with high-resolution climate models and seasonal forecasts, to tease out the answer.