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Scientists explore bat sarbecovirus isolation in Japan

In a recent study published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, researchers performed bat sarbecovirus isolation experiments using Rhinolophus cornutus bats from several regions in Japan that were phylogenetically situated in the same cluster of viruses related to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus…

Does vitamin D reduce COVID-19 severity?

A recent review posted to the Research Square* preprint server examined published studies for a consistent association between vitamin D levels and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) severity. Study: What is the Impact of Vitamin D Levels on COVID-19 Severity?: A…

Vimentin is an important co-receptor for SARS-CoV-2 infection

A recent iScience journal study reports that cell-surface vimentin functions as a co-receptor for the entry of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) into host cells to facilitate infection. Thus, targeting vimentin may provide a unique strategy for preventing the…