T cell epitopes from recovered COVID-19 patients identified for vaccine

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, several vaccines are undergoing clinical trials. However, the current evidence shows that T cell immunity is necessary to provide robust and durable protection against reinfection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). This means that the epitopes specific to the virus which are capable of eliciting this type of response across the most significant number of people need to be identified.

A new study by researchers at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and published on the preprint server bioRxiv* in August 2020 collates the available database of SARS-CoV-2 T cell epitopes gathered from 8 studies of COVID-19 patients who recovered. This could serve as a launchpad to fill in knowledge gaps regarding the immunological aspects of this disease, and drive towards an effective T cell vaccine.

Study: Epitopes targeted by T cells in convalescent COVID-19 patient. Image Credit: fusebulb / Shutterstock
Study: Epitopes targeted by T cells in convalescent COVID-19 patient. Image Credit: fusebulb
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Cell Analysis Market 2020-2025: By Technology, Global Analysis, Industry Growth, Current Trends, And Forecast

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The cell analysis market is estimated to represent a global market of USD 20.3 billion by 2017 with growth rate of 6.18%.

The cell analysis industry thrives on studying the intricacies of an individual cell or a group of cells using scientific processes thus finding novel applications across diverse industries. It finds application in genetics, disease cure, diagnosis and improving overall healthcare facilities. Countries and governments are increasing their spending capacity when it comes to research. The Irish Cancer Society stated that the Government of Ireland invested in over 40 projects that were carried out by the Science Foundation of Ireland. The annual review agenda document mentioned that Science Foundation Ireland awards investment of EUR43 million through SFI Investigators Programme. Cancer organizations like Cancer Institute of New South Wales (NSW) funded the University of Sydney for live

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Local fuel cell company to expand with 25 jobs

A West Carrollton company said it will expand and hire up to 25 people thanks to a tax credit approved Monday by the Ohio Tax Credit Authority.



a close up of a computer: Plug Power, a hydrogen-fuel cell energy solutions provider, opened a new location in West Carrollton in 2016. FILE


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Plug Power, a hydrogen-fuel cell energy solutions provider, opened a new location in West Carrollton in 2016. FILE

The authority approved a 1.438 percent, 7-year tax credit to Plug Power Inc. — a Latham, NY fuel cell manufacturer which has had a local presence since 2016 — for the creation of $1.5 million in new annual payroll as a result of a possible expansion in West Carrollton.

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As part of the tax credit agreement, Ohio requires the company to maintain operations in the Dayton area for at least 10 years.

Ohio is competing with New York for the proposed project. A message seeking comment was sent

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