News Articles Featuring Nina Boyle
Sep 29, 2021
New tool predicts changes that may make COVID variants more infectious
The first key step in SARS-CoV-2 infection is when the virus’ spike protein binds to the ACE2 receptor on human cells. Researchers at Penn State have created a novel framework that can predict with reasonable accuracy the amino-acid changes in the virus’ spike protein that may improve its binding to human cells and confer increased infectivity to the virus.
Aug 05, 2020
This rare, mutant honeybee is both male and female
The insect also has yellow eyes, another rare genetic quirk. This combination of odd phenomena likely won’t happen again for a long time, experts say.