Infectious Diseases

Chewing to curb COVID

Penn Medicine will conduct a new clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a chewing gum designed by School of Dental Medicine researchers to trap SARS-CoV-2 in the saliva.

Katherine Unger Baillie

Monkeypox: What is known and unknown

The current outbreak of monkeypox is showing no sign of slowing. Stuart Isaacs of the Perelman School of Medicine, an expert on poxviruses, sheds light on the disease, its prevention and treatment, and what to watch for this fall.

Katherine Unger Baillie



In the News


The Hill

Virology is part of the golden age of health: Don’t dismantle it

James Alwine of the Perelman School of Medicine co-writes that over-regulation could unduly constrain the ability to respond to future viral pandemic threats.

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Lancaster Farming

Coryza, an avian influenza lookalike, lingers in Lancaster

Sherrill Davison of the School of Veterinary Medicine outlines the symptoms and signs of infectious coryza, an avian influenza lookalike.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn scientists are honored for mRNA research used in COVID vaccines

Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman of the Perelman School of Medicine have been named to the National Inventors Hall of Fame for their research on mRNA vaccines.

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National Geographic

COVID-19 is more widespread in animals than we thought

Frederic Bushman of the Perelman School of Medicine says that many mammalian ACE-2 receptors are proving susceptible to COVID, even if they aren’t a perfect match.

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MIT Technology Review

What’s next for mRNA vaccines

Norbert Pardi of the Perelman School of Medicine and colleagues are developing a universal mRNA flu vaccine, featuring remarks from mRNA pioneer Katalin Karikó.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

New COVID variant drives increase in Pa. and N.J. infections

Frederic Bushman of the Perelman School of Medicine says that the new XBB.1.5 COVID variant is more immune-evasive and is sharply increasing in Pennsylvania as a proportion of all infections.

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