Fundamentals March 2020

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Latest Research Findings from the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences.

Coronavirus Screening Test Developed at Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins clinical microbiologists Karen Carroll, M.D., and Heba Mostafa, Ph.D., M.B.B.Ch., have developed an in-house coronavirus screening test that may soon allow the health system to test as many as 1,000 people per day.

Mostafa and Carroll

Articles in this Issue

  • Q&A — COVID-19: What History Can Tell Us

    Alexandre White, Ph.D., examines the social effects of infectious epidemic outbreaks in both historical and contemporary settings, as well as the global mechanisms that produce responses to outbreak. A faculty member in the departments of history of medicine and sociology, White offers his perspective on the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lessons we can learn from historic outbreaks.

    Alexandre White
  • Image of the Month: Turning Back Time

    How do you make a better stem cell? One that can repair damaged tissue? Researchers at Johns Hopkins bathed adult human cells in a cocktail of nutrients and chemicals that dial back the biological hands of time to a state when cells are the most “naive,” or capable of developing into any specialized cell. In this image, green-dyed naive stem cells are working to repair blood vessels (red) in the retina of a mouse bred to have diabetic retinopathy.

    Stem cells repair blood vessels in the eye
  • Video of the Month: Cellular Flybys

    Watch: Cellular Flybys. To create this nanoscopic “drone” footage, scientists merged hundreds of images from a scanning electron microscope. The result: a 3D view of cells. Video by Stefan Diller.

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