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Down syndrome ages cells throwing neural nuclei into disarray

18 January 2022

It is common knowledge that Down syndrome—a neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorder with hallmark physical features and mild to moderate cognitive impairment—occurs when individuals have an extra copy of chromosome 21 (trisomy 21). One in 700 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome. Despite being the most common chromosomal disorder, it is not clear how the presence of the extra chromosome triggers abnormalities in cells.

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Omicron neutralised by antibodies targeting spike’s conserved sites

13 January 2022

Antibodies have been identified that neutralize Omicron and other SARS-CoV-2 variants. These antibodies target areas of the virus spike protein that remain essentially unchanged as the viruses mutate.

The new findings, from a study conducted by an international team of scientists, indicate that it might be possible to design vaccines and antibody treatments that will be effective against not only the Omicron variant, but other variants that may emerge in the future. The key will be to identify the targets of the “broadly neutralizing” antibodies on the spike protein.

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