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    Kat J McAlpine

    Kat J. McAlpine is editor of The Brink, Boston University’s news site for scientific breakthroughs and pioneering research. Kat has been telling science stories for over a decade, and prior to joining BU’s editorial staff, publicized research at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, and the University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering. Profile

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There are 17 comments on BU NEIDL Scientists Can “See the Enemy,” Making Headway on COVID-19 Research

  1. Great work, and exciting to hear what BU is doing.

    Can you explain a bit more on how the work on SARS-CoV-2 maps on to
    COVID-19? In doing the testing of drugs acting on CoV-2…how does that help
    with COVID-19, and in what ways doesn’t it? What does it take to develop
    a marker for COVID-19?

    1. Hi Michael. Story author here! The SARS-CoV-2 virus causes the infection that we call COVID-19, just like influenza viruses cause the infections we call “the flu”. So this work will directly affect COVID-19 by learning how the causal virus works and how the infection could be stopped by halting or disabling SARS-CoV-2 from being able to replicate.

  2. Thank you Dr. Davey and NEIDL labs for your research and heroic efforts in this COVID-19 pandemic. Your work and publication gives us all HOPE!

  3. My niece works at BU and sent me this article . Thank goodness there are people like you working on solutions to this virus epidemic. As a senior citizen, it does my heart good to hear about your progress instead of blustering talk by some people who are not science oriented.

  4. Thank you for the great work. I have one question, can the glowing antibodies be produced in enough quantities for the glow to be detectable by the naked eyes? Enough for example to be used in a mouthwash or mist that could be applied to a patient’s throat?

  5. Assuming there is a population of asymptomatic carriers within the general population, wouldn’t it follow that such a carrier would notice an abnormally large % of people with whom they come in contact to develop the disease? (For instance, I personally know no one with any symptoms. Can I assume that I am most likely not a carrier? )

  6. Great story and so well reported. About a month ago, I was at the Tulane National Primate Research Center reporting on their work. What’s amazing to me is the speed and collaboration that is happening worldwide to find a way to slow or stop COVID19. Comforting.

  7. The efficacy of this virus to propagate is hard to explain by random contact…
    It gives the eyrie feeling that it possesses an unknown communal form of intelligence
    (only half joking)

  8. The nation can’t stay in limbo much longer without some progress report and the politicians can’t provide that. People are simply running out of resources. Is Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories working around the clock, seven days a week in shifts? That is what is required to identify several therapeutics within the few days we have left before we risk a breakdown of civil order. There are those who believe you to be objective and driven saviors… and then there are also those who think you’re standing around holding your johnsons. Biopharmas know the compounds we submitted last month. We need you to produce a short list of “extremely encouraging” candidates ASAP.

  9. Of course thank you ! As an atheist, Doctors and Scientists are the closest thing to a deity.
    A thank you seams to be a very inadequate expression of the gratitude and admiration I have for them.
    But thank you for being there and your unrelenting dedication.

  10. Thank goodness the BU NEIDL received its Level 4 Rating and has the ability to protect researchers in their work!

    BU NEIDL RESEARCHERS ARE THE WORLD’s FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE and Leader in the Global Race to Learn about SARS-CoV-2 and the deadly Symptoms of COVID-19 especially ARDS!

    Thank you sharing this major breakthrough. I am sure you will have more soon.

  11. Thank you BU for having the foresight BSL-4 lab. Thank you to all the researchers in that lab right now working on COVID-19 and Kat for reporting on this.

    BU, please set up a GOFUNDME page for the lab. I want to donate to everyone working at BU on this project.

  12. I read about this exciting research about a month ago when it was first reported that BU’s lab could now see the virus. How long does the lab expect it will take to test all of the therapeutic drugs in order to find something effective? Has the lab found any Drugs that are promising? I assume it is starting with the existing drugs that are commonly touted as promising but yet unproven. Has it been able to eliminate any of those as viable candidates? I am really anxious to get an actual update as to its preliminary results and to better understand the expected timeline. Wishing the lab God’s speed!

  13. Loved this article, it’s wonderful to hear about the amazing research going on in Boston to stop COVID-19. If any one is interested in learning more about what scientists in Boston are doing to combat COVID-19, take a listen to this episode of the podcast BOS Science:

    https://snip.ly/ves9zm

    It cover’s some really interesting research (including this one!) from Harvard, MIT, Boston University, MGH, BWH and more on the many different research projects currently ongoing releated to COVID-19.

  14. Loved this article, it’s wonderful to hear about the amazing research going on in Boston to stop COVID-19. If any one is interested in learning more about what scientists in Boston are doing to combat COVID-19, take a listen to this episode of the podcast “BOS Science”:

    https://snip.ly/ves9zm

    It cover’s some really interesting research (including this one!) from Harvard, MIT, Boston University, MGH, BWH and more on the many different research projects currently ongoing releated to COVID-19.

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