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The coronaviruses are a family of viruses that includes a series of very different pathogens. These viruses usually infect mammals, rodents, and birds, but only few coronaviruses adapted to humans. They did this with great success: About one third of all typical "common colds" and some cases of diarrhoea as well are caused by these RNA Viruses, which are the largest of their kind. We have compiled more information about the coronaviruses for you.
With the pathogen SARS-CoV-2, a novel virus that can cause respiratory diseases and pneumonia has been spreading worldwide since the end of 2019. Here we will keep you informed about current developments in research and provide answers to the most important questions.
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Prof Alice McHardy heads the department “Computational Biology of Infection Research” at BRICS (Braunschweig Integrated Centre of Systems Biology), a joint facility of the HZI and the Technische Universität Braunschweig. With the help of computational methods, she examines biological and epidemiological data sets and develops new bioinformatics software. Prof Marc Stadler, head of…
The Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI), founded in Würzburg in 2017, pursues an innovative approach: It links research on ribonucleic acids (RNA) with infection biology. HIRI is a site of the Braunschweig Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in cooperation with the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU) and is located on the Würzburg Medical…
The Zayed Sustainability Prize promotes small and medium-sized enterprises as well as nonprofit organizations and schools for sustainable achievements in the categories of health, nutrition, energy, water and secondary schools. The SORMAS open-source digital platform for early detection of disease outbreaks and epidemic control management impressed the international jury of the…
More than 4,500 species of bacteria colonize humans. Although their importance for well-being and health as well as for diseases is increasingly appreciated, the underlying molecular mechanisms are still largely unknown. This also applies to Fusobacteria: They are an abundant member of the oral microbiome, but can spread throughout the body and colonize secondary sites, especially…
Since the COVID 19 pandemic, we know: Viruses are a threat to human health worldwide. Despite the considerable success of vaccines, antiviral drugs are also needed to help sufferers. For many viral diseases there are still no effective drugs or therapeutic treatments. Yet, looking at outbreaks of SARS-CoV-1, MERS-CoV, Ebola or influenza has made it clear that we must prepare for…