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A new at-home science lesson developed at UArizona, teaches high schoolers about bioinformatics and SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19
 
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The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted patients with cancer and other patients who are immunocompromised. It was University of Arizona Cancer Center researchers led by Dr. Rachna Shroff, who found in a new study that those with cancer need three doses of vaccine for enough protection from the virus.
 
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Dr. Taylor Edwards discusses how the power of DNA facilitates cross-campus collaborations at the University of Arizona Genetics Core.
 
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Dr. David Harris has received a 2021 Leader of the Year award in the COVID-19 Response & Management category from the Arizona Capitol Times. Dr. Harris' team was recognized for his work in creating test kits and overseeing the freezer farm used to house thousands of doses of COVID-19 vaccine distributed through The University of Arizona POD from January to June 2021.
 
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PBS NewsHour discusses the ways that college campuses, including UArizona, have responded to the delta variant as colleges resumed this fall. The University is highlighted for the waste-water testing program as well as various incentives to engage students and staff to test and get vaccinated.
 
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Throughout the 20 years of BIO5, this institute has connected various campus departments to solve the challenges of a new period of technology growth, research that tells us more than ever, and support students at UArizona.
 
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For those with a weakened immune system, such as those undergoing chemotherapy for cancer treatment, the level of antibodies they receive from the Pfizer 2-shot COVID vaccine series may not give them the amount of anti-bodies that those without cancer receive from the vaccines and a third shot may be necessary to reach the same antibody count.
 
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Dr. Sadhana Ravishankar was named Inventor of the Year honors for demonstrating a significant commitment to commercialization throughout their career, with a focus on activity in the past year.
 
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Dr. Sadhana Ravishankar has been named Inventor of the Year honors for demonstrating a significant commitment to commercialization throughout their career, with a focus on activity in the past year.
 
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Dr. Janko Nikolich-Žugich has been named the 2021 Arizona Bioscience Researcher of the Year by the Arizona Bioindustry Association (AZBio) for his work on aging, immunology, and COVID-19 testing and prevention.
 
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Tech Launch Arizona, the office of the University of Arizona that commercializes inventions stemming from research, hosted its eighth annual I-Squared Awards and Expo event. Dr. Sadhana Ravishankar received the Inventor of the Year award.
 
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Dr. Janko Nikolich-Žugich, internationally recognized immunologist and gerontologist has received the Arizona Bioscience Researcher of the Year award from the Arizona Bioindustry Association for his work on aging, immunology, and COVID-19 testing and prevention.
 
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Dr. Janko Nikolich-Žugich has been honored as the 2021 Arizona Bioscience Researcher of the Year by the Arizona Bioindustry Association.
 
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No matter what your belief about the COVID-19 virus or the vaccine, the U.S. and Arizona are presently involved in a virology experiment, allowing the virus to spread among the unvaccinated.
 
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As we approach two years living in the pandemic brought on by the COVID-19 virus, experts are still not in full agreement on the origin of the virus. Several scientists signed a letter calling for further investigation, as a lack of data and transparency have made it harder to understand the origins of COVID-19.
 
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A study led by researchers in the Sarver Heart Center at UArizona COM-T addressed concerns about the use of blood pressure medications and patients’ susceptibility to infection of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. They found that blood pressure medications do not increase the likelihood of SARS-CoV-2 infection, which is good news for people with hypertension, or uncontrolled high blood pressure.
 
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According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, Arizona has seen 123 cases and four deaths from the West Nile Virus. Nearly all of them are in Maricopa County but that doesn't mean Pima County shouldn't let its guard down. It is likely that this is now part of our lives in the US, and numbers will only increase as mosquito season continues.
 
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The Hispanic Health Paradox refers to Hispanics and Latinos tendency toward similar or better survival rates and health outcomes than non-Hispanic whites. The power of social support might also help explain why Hispanics and Latinos often have better disease outcomes than non-Hispanic whites, says Dr. John Ruiz, who studies the phenomenon.