It may take guts — or more precisely, a diverse gut microbiome — to achieve wisdom and fend off loneliness. Or perhaps it’s the other way around, report UC San Diego researchers
Despite continued improvements in antibiotics and hospital intensive care, staph sepsis — a bloodstream infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria — still causes severe illness or death in 20 to 30 percent of patients who contract it. Rather than continue to throw more antibiotics at the problem, University of California San Diego researchers want to…
Researchers at UC San Diego Unveil New Interactive Web Tool for Visualizing Large-Scale Phylogenetic Trees
The proliferation of sequencing technologies and an ever-increasing focus on ‘omic studies over the past several years have spawned massive quantities of data and many tools to process and analyze the results. As these tools have evolved, so has the need for even greater scale and the ability to visualize complex data sets in more…
Scientists hustle to create new tests, drugs and expand telemedicine to battle COVID-19 over the long term
San Diego’s Scripps Health created a customized telemedicine conferencing system last March. It took just three weeks. Since then more than 510,000 patients have had “virtual visits” with doctors, helping minimize the spread of COVID-19.
New, mutated strains of the coronavirus are causing worry around the world as health officials race to vaccinate as many people as possible. Dr. Jon LaPook reports on why the new strains are popping up.
By using a sewage-handling robot, our laboratory has been able to detect coronavirus in wastewater 30 times faster than nonautomated large-scale systems. This advance, published in the microbiology journal mSystems, provides even more lead time to communities monitoring their wastewater for early warning about local cases of COVID-19.
Four months ago, Rommie Amaro and her colleagues were accepting the first-ever Gordon Bell Special Prize for High Performance Computing-Based COVID-19 Research. At the time, cases were slowly ramping up in advance of what we now know was to become a devastating winter surge.
Surveying the billions of tiny microbial astronauts that dwell within the orbital laboratory could help us prepare for human voyages to Mars
As the COVID-19 pandemic proliferated in early 2020, tracking the spread of a frequently asymptomatic virus presented a novel challenge for public health officials. Diagnostic testing was often unavailable and not fast enough to act as a useful forecasting tool. While symptoms can take several days to appear, the virus immediately begins replicating in the…
Automated process helps test city sewage for SARS-CoV-2, allowing researchers to forecast the region’s caseload one to two weeks ahead of clinical diagnostic reports