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Swiss Scientists Have Recreated the Coronavirus in a Lab; by Emily Mullin at OneZero

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“A synthetic replica of the virus can help researchers figure out how to stop its spread. Having the virus itself is really critical to designing and testing drugs that can potentially ameliorate the viral infection. Researchers can also use genetic engineering to tweak the virus to see whether certain mutations make it more or less harmful. Safer versions is particularly helpful so that researchers don’t get infected. It cost about $30,000 to purchase the DNA fragments, and in a few years, it will probably be even cheaper. DNA synthesizing used to be expensive and laborious, but companies  have automated the process. Scientists first made a synthetic virus in 2002, when they reconstructed a live polio virus using chemicals and publicly available genetic information. A synthetic virus could help develop drugs, vaccines, and diagnostic tests but could also be used as a bioweapon. 

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)
 

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