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Is targeting human cells, rather than the virus itself, key to preventing the next pandemic?

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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Geoffrey Siwo, research assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, realized there may be a way to develop therapies for new viruses. Rather than target a virus, he is looking at methods to stimulate the natural antiviral defense systems present in all cells and that can work broadly against a wide variety of viruses … known, unknown, and mutant.

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Climate change can reduce the success of interventions that combat infectious disease

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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Research from the lab of Jason Rohr, the Ludmilla F., Stephen J. and Robert T. Galla College Professor of Biological Sciences, and collaborators, published recently in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), demonstrated significant findings about when to target interventions that control the spread of the tropical disease schistosomiasis. 

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Restorative Justice through Nature: Elsa Barron '21 and Karli Siefker '21

Author: Natalie Ambrosio '17

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A baby preying mantis will extend its front legs and make itself appear as tall as possible to fend off a hungry spider. This may seem trivial, or perhaps humorous, and indeed, the group of teenage boys in DePaul Academy’s biology class laughed when they first saw a video of this encounter. But then, when asked to think more about it, the conversation turned to how us humans are similar to the preying mantis – sometimes we act big and tough when we don’t want to get hurt. These students could relate to the insect, and thus, grow in their connection to nature. …

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The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study announces its 2021-2022 class of fellows

Author: Olsen, Kristian and Brandi Wampler

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The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) has announced its faculty fellowship class for 2021-2022. The 11 residential fellows come from top research universities, including Notre Dame, and have diverse research interests that span the disciplines, including ecology, political science, anthropology, history, food studies, and creative nonfiction. They will come together for a year of intensive collaborative research on Resilience, the NDIAS’s organizing research theme for 2021-2022.

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