Tagged COVID-19

Synthetic DNA: A Game-Changer in the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the necessity of scientific research and development more than ever. One such biotechnology that has been recently developed and has become of great importance to us during the pandemic is synthetic DNA. The term “synthetic biology” was originally conceived by geneticist Waclaw Szybalski in 1970 and refers to the design and construction of…

The Disproportionate Impacts of COVID-19 on Black and African American Communities in St. Louis

The “Delmar Divide,” a recognizable term for many of us, refers to “Delmar Boulevard as a socioeconomic and racial dividing line in St. Louis, Missouri” [10]. Crossing from north of Delmar Boulevard to the south reveals significant socioeconomic and racial segregations where the population goes from over 98% African American to over 70% white, the median income increases by…

COVID-19 + Vaccine = Covaxin: A look into Bharat Biotech’s COVID-19 Vaccine

Bharat Biotech, a successful biotech company founded by Dr. Krishna M. Ella in Hyderabad, India, has been making positive changes globally through its practice of creating innovative vaccines and therapeutics [3]. The leading biotech company holds an impressive portfolio of 15 vaccines, including rotavirus, hepatitis B, and Zika virus, five therapeutics including SLVRGEN, BIOGIT, Regen-D…

Antibiotics as a Possible Alternative to Traditional Appendectomy in Some Cases?

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals were flooded with critically ill patients suffering from the devastating effects of the virus. Medical providers and staff members across the country found themselves overworked and struggling to cope with deficits in manpower, time, space and equipment as COVID cases continued to climb amidst the normal workload….

COVID-19: One Year Later, A Brief Reflection

The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic over a year ago on March 11, 2020 [5]. On the same day, Washington University in St. Louis also announced their Spring Break extension until March 23, 2020, when online instructions would then start [4]. What was initially thought to be over in two weeks has now…

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