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Science Next swiftly explores the broad spectrum of scientific research taking place today using insights from the scientists closest to these topics. In less than two minutes, LSU's Paige Jarreau and WRKF's Adam Vos take a complex topic and show why it matters to you.

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Understanding Immune System Responses To COVID-19: Science Next

With or without a vaccine, our own bodies' immune systems are on the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus. And one of the keys to combating COVID-19 is understanding how our immune systems respond to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease. So what's the immune system, and what can it do? The immune system is our body's inner army. It is made up of a complex network of cells, organs, chemicals in our blood, and even barriers like our skin. It's our first line of defense,

Using Artificial Intelligence To Discover New Drug Treatments: Science Next

In the fields of medicine and pharmacology, drugs have historically been discovered either by identifying active ingredients from traditional remedies, or by serendipity, similar to how penicillin was discovered in 1928. But modern scientists have found an alternative method that makes the hunt for new pharmaceuticals quicker, cheaper and more effective. AI, or artificial intelligence, can be found in everything from chess-playing computers, to self-driving cars, to the maps application on your

Using Artificial Intelligence To Discover New Drug Treatments: Science Next

Coping With Pandemic Stress

You could say this past year has been...stressful. The coronavirus pandemic has affected millions of people, and the stress of it all can easily get to anyone. However, too much stress can take a toll on our bodies if we're not careful. So how exactly do our bodies respond to stress? When we're stressed, our bodies release adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones trigger our fight-or-flight reflexes. They cause our heart and breathing rates to increase and our muscles to tense up. This is

Bacteria vs. Viruses: How Are They Different?

There are fundamental differences between viruses and bacteria. Both of them, we call "microbes" or "germs," but they look almost nothing alike. Bacteria are alive in the same way that the cells that make up our own body are. Antibiotics are drugs that can kill bacteria, but not viruses.

Mathematical Modelling And The COVID-19 Pandemic

Some scientists and health experts are racing to find treatments and to develop a vaccine to stop the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. And others are saving lives in a different way, by developing mathematical models. But what is a mathematical model, and how can it save lives? A mathematical model works like a weather forecast. Based on things we know about COVID-19 today, a model can predict how many people it will affect, where, and when. Models also help us predict how well different mitigation

Covid-19 Testing And Virus Monitoring

It's becoming increasingly clear our era will be defined by a fundamental split: the period before COVID-19, and the new normal that will emerge in the post-viral era. Physical distancing and total lockdowns may not be enough to push us into our new normal. Testing remains a critical component to overcoming the coronavirus. LSU Professors Stephania Cormier, a respiratory immunologist, and Rebecca Christofferson, an emerging viruses expert, developed a saliva-based test to help track COVID-19 in

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