COVID-19 Cancels Charity Galas and Walks. Science Is Paying the Price

Foundations that fund biomedical research in the United States, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere are reporting record revenue drops because of the pandemic. One major factor: It has forced them to cancel key fundraising events, including glitzy galas, sponsored walks, Broadway partnerships, and more.
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Virtual Lab Tours for Recruitment and Outreach

Virtual lab tours are not new, but they have never been as common as in-person lab tours. However, the pandemic has generated strong incentives for formerly in-person lab tours to go online.
[The Scientist]
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Trump to Suspend New Visas for Foreign Scholars

With a proclamation issued on Monday, US President Donald Trump extended and expanded immigration restrictions to limit the entry of foreign workers to the United States. The move set off ripples of alarm among scientists and drew fire from experts concerned about the future of US science.
[Nature News]
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Altered RNA Splicing by Mutant p53 Activates Oncogenic RAS Signaling in Pancreatic Cancer

Mutant p53 increased expression of splicing regulator hnRNPK to promote inclusion of cytosine-rich exons within GTPase-activating proteins (GAPs), negative regulators of RAS family members.
[Cancer Cell]
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A Human Pluripotent Stem Cell-based Platform to Study SARS-CoV-2 Tropism and Model Virus Infection in Human Cells and Organoids

Researchers found that human pancreatic beta cells and liver organoids were highly permissive to SARS-CoV-2 infection, further validated using adult primary human islets and adult hepatocyte and cholangiocyte organoids
[Cell Stem Cell]
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Multiple Low Dose Therapy as an Effective Strategy to Treat EGFR Inhibitor-Resistant NSCLC Tumors

The authors showed that as little as 20% of the individual effective drug doses was sufficient to completely block MAPK signaling and proliferation when used in 3D or 4D inhibitor combinations.
[Nature Communications]
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Glucagon like Peptide-2 for Intestinal Stem Cell and Paneth Cell Repair during Graft-Versus-Host Disease in Mice and Humans

Investigators found that L-cells were a target of acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and that glucagon-like-peptide-2-based treatment of acute GVHD restored intestinal homeostasis via an increase of intestinal stem cells and paneth cells without impairing graft-versus-leukemia effects.
[Blood]
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Lineage Reversion Drives WNT Independence in Intestinal Cancer

Scientists showed that while WNT suppression blocked tumor growth in most organoid and in vivo colorectal cancer (CRC) models, the accumulation of CRC-associated genetic alterations enabled drug resistance and WNT-independent growth.
[Cancer Discovery]
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Multicellular 3D Neurovascular Unit Model for Assessing Hypoxia and Neuroinflammation Induced Blood-Brain Barrier Dysfunction

Scientists employed a multicellular 3D neurovascular unit organoid containing human brain microvascular endothelial cells, pericytes, astrocytes, microglia, oligodendrocytes and neurons to model the effects of hypoxia and neuroinflammation on blood-brain barrier function.
[Scientific Reports]
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Organoid Models for Mammary Gland Dynamics and Breast Cancer

The authors summarized key aspects of mammary gland biology and corresponding organoid models. The investigators also discussed emerging applications where organoids will be transformative for studying both the biology and diseases of the breast.
[Current Opinion in Cell Biology]
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The Intermucosal Connection between the Mouth and Gut in Commensal Pathobiont-Driven Colitis

Investigators report that periodontal inflammation exacerbates gut inflammation in vivo. Periodontitis led to expansion of oral pathobionts, including Klebsiella and Enterobacter species, in the oral cavity.
[Cell]
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