The Daily Dose: Novel Chinese coronavirus not related to SARS

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The Chinese Centers for Disease Control has divulged more information about the novel coronavirus that caused an outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan Province. According to Xu Jianguo, “The virus is similar to some of the published viruses collected from bats. But it is not close to SARS and not close to MERS.” Two separate teams of researchers were able to isolate the virus from a single patient. They have also tested the other patients clinically diagnosed to have been infected. “Researchers did laboratory investigations of 34 patients. A total of 15 were positive for the novel virus, [based on] sequencing samples of [fluid injected into the lung and collected for examination]. The teams got complete genome sequence data from about 10 patients.” The Chinese DCD has shared the genomic information with the WHO. http://bit.ly/2uRNVWZ

The World Health Organization has released a statement regarding the first case of the novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. According to the WHO, “The person was a traveler from Wuhan, China, and was identified by Thai officials on 8 January, and hospitalized that day. The person is recovering from the illness according to Thai officials.” They stressed that public health officials expected to find cases outside of China’s borders and are prepared for more. http://bit.ly/387DZXv

There’s a common saying in Real Estate, “Location, location, location.” It’s the thing that matters most. Put in a different way, context means everything. Recent studies in bacteriology indicate that the same holds true in the Prokaryote Kingdom as it does in Manhattan. An article in Quanta Magazine explores the way bacterial evolution is altered by surroundings. According to the article, “when a bacterial species resides in even a very simple ecological community — one that includes just a few other kinds of microbes — it evolves very different defense strategies against a predatory bacteriophage virus than it does when it’s left alone with the phage.” Researchers believe this line of inquiry can increase the understanding of microbiomes. http://bit.ly/2RgecFU

The World Health Organization has finally retracted its controversial guidlines regarding the use of opioids as painkillers. Previously, the organization had championed the use of prescription painkillers, framing it in terms of human rights. According to their previous statement there are many factors that work to prevent patients in resource poor environments, “These barriers can be understood not only as a failure to provide essential medicines and relieve suffering but also as human rights abuses.” The statement provided cover for pharmaceutical firms such as Purdue Phamaceuticals to facilitate the current opioid crisis. http://bit.ly/2QVAg9L

According to reports, Coachella — the annual music festival held in Indio, California — will have a virtual performer for the frist time. The virtual pop star Hatsune Miku will be performing her computer generated hits. We’ll just leave it at that. http://bit.ly/2QRO84M

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