Neutralising antibodies against SARS-CoV-2

A trio of papers describe newly discovered human antibodies that target the SARS-CoV-2 virus, isolated from survivors of SARS-CoV-2 and SARS-CoV.

Experimental cancer blood test

A new method of analysing cancer patients’ blood for evidence of the disease could be up to 10 times more sensitive than previous methods, according to new research.

COVID-19 anti-viral therapy

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) evaluated several human antibodies to determine the most potent combination to be mixed in a cocktail and used as a promising anti-viral therapy against the virus that causes COVID-19.

Obituary: Former IBMS President Arthur J Barrow MBE, TD

Arthur Barrow, who died on 11 June, was born, brought up and spent his whole career in Cardiff.

Prestigious volunteer award

IBMS Fellows Sue Alexander and Manfred Almeida have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

CPD awards now open

The Science Council’s CPD Awards are back for 2020 to continue the celebration of outstanding CPD.

COVID-19: July/Aug tech roundup

The latest tech news for July and August.

Isolation and contact tracing

In the absence of a vaccine or highly effective treatments for COVID-19, combining isolation and intensive contact tracing with physical distancing measures might be the most effective and efficient way to achieve and maintain epidemic control.

Molecule to remodel microbiome

Scientists at Scripps Research claim they have developed molecules that can remodel the bacterial population of intestines to a healthier state.

Detecting motor neurone disease

Scientists have identified a potential pattern within blood that signals the presence of motor neurone disease.

Infecting lab mice with SARS-CoV-2

A major hurdle to developing and testing new anti-viral therapies and vaccines for COVID-19 is the lack of good, widely available animal models of the disease. But an international team of researchers has developed a simple tool that they hope will help resolve this issue.