March 2021

Neurological reverbertions

Dr Maxime Taquet discusses his research into COVID-19 and secondary neurological and psychiatric conditions.

The big question: How do you think the public has coped with the last year of lockdowns and social restrictions?

This month we ask “How do you think the public has coped with the last year of lockdowns and social restrictions?”

Genetic risk factor for stroke

Researchers have identified a common genetic variant as a risk factor for stroke – especially in patients older than 65.

Biosensors for COVID-19

Scientists have created a new way to detect the proteins that make up the pandemic coronavirus, as well as antibodies against it.

Precision genomics in cancer treatments

Scientists have identified genomic signatures in women developing the most common type of breast cancer that can be associated with long-term survival.

The cost of COVID-19

Weekly COVID-19 testing, coupled with a two-week isolation period for positive cases, may be the most cost-effective strategy to tackle the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the US when transmission is high until vaccines are widely available.

COVID-19: "Nanofibre swabs more sensitive"

Ultra-absorptive nanofibre swabs could reduce the number of false-negative tests by improving sample collection and test sensitivity, it is claimed.

Diagnosis of Liposarcomas

Researchers have leveraged the latest advances in RNA technology and machine learning methods to develop a gene panel test that allows for highly accurate diagnosis of the most common types of liposarcoma.

3D skin imaging

A portable device has been developed that produces high-resolution 3D images of human skin within 
10 minutes.