COVID-19 News

Banner Image: Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Courtesy National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

This year, the scientific community has united to find ways to slow the spread of the SARS CoV-2 virus and end the COVID-19 pandemic. The MCB community is actively responding to this emergency by using their scientific expertise and resources to find ways to alleviate this crisis. Many MCB labs have pivoted to SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 research, drawing on their strengths in basic research to look for solutions to stop the epidemic. Others have forged new collaborations with colleagues, many across divisions and other departments, inspiring new insights and outcomes. Efforts have also been focused on providing aid to the communities most in need and increasing the public’s awareness and knowledge about the disease.

Below, read more about how MCB is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, organized around the general themes of basic research and collaborations, and public service.



Alumni at Mammoth Bio use their tech against COVID-19
Forbes 3.9.2020
Coronaviruses 101: Focus on Molecular Virology
Video lecture 3.25.2020
Using CRISPR proteins as a diagnostic tool
Video lecture 3.12.2020
IGI pledge to share COVID-19 IP
Innovative Genomics Institute 3.29.2020
UCB PIs organize on social media to help Bay Area efforts to screen for COVID-19
Twitter 3.18.2020
Campus lab pivots from editing DNA to COVID-19 testing
Berkeleyside 3.30.2020
Berkeley Conversations: UCB computing and data science in action
Berkeley News 4.7.2020
Berkeley Fire Department delivers first COVID-19 samples to the IGI
Twitter 4.06.2020
Alumni report on their CRISPR-based SARS-CoV-2 assay test
Nature 4.16.2020
MCB labs make hand sanitizer for distribution
Berkeley News 4.13.2020
UC researchers switch to SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 research
The Daily Californian 4.16.2020
IGI provides COVID-19 illustrations for public use
Innovative Genomics Institute 4.23.2020
Blueprint for a pop-up SARS-CoV-2 testing lab
Preprint 4.24.2020
Pop-up testing lab shows volunteer spirit against deadly pandemic 
NIH 5.12.2020
A rapid review of nucleic acid testing approaches for COVID-19 detection
Gitlab 4.27.2020
IGI campus lab provides COVID-19 testing to utility workers, underserved
Berkeley News 5.13.2020
Big pharma firms collaborate on new coronavirus antivirals
Chemical & Engineering News 5.1.2020
MCB undergrads compile COVID-19 resources
Magazine 5.18.2020
Robots close California's Coronavirus testing gap
Forbes 5.3.2020
Researchers aim to test high-risk groups in CA
NY Times 5.18.2020
Researchers are using robotics to expedite COVID-19 testing
The Daily Californian 5.3.2020
Campus COVID-19 lab tests ready but the US healthcare system is not 
NY Times 5.21.2020
Modeling impact of essential workers in the context of social distancing for epidemic control
Paper 5.5.2020
Berkeley Conversations: Researchers discuss the science of COVID-19
Berkeley News 6.12.2020
MCB all faculty meeting covers COVID-19 issues
MCB website 5.7.2020
Robotic pipeline increases testing capacity
Innovative Genomics Institute 6.11.2020
MCB faculty receive COVID-19 research funding
CEND 5.14.2020
A visual guide to the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus
Scientific American 6.16.2020
Scientists pivot to COVID-19 research
Berkeley News 5.19.2020
Building a COVID-19 pop-up testing lab
The CRISPR Journal 6.17.2020
Diane Sawyer talks to scientists in the race for a COVID-19 cure
ABC News 5.26.2020
"Liquid Gold": Meet the alchemists of Berkeley
California Magazine 6.18.2020
An inexpensive one-step RT-qPCR master mix for detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA
Gitlab 5.27.2020
Free Asymptomatic Saliva Testing (FAST) Study for UCB Employees
Innovative Genomics Institute 6.22.2020
Blueprint for a pop-up SARS-CoV-2 testing lab
Nature Biotechnology 6.18.2020
Slack-integrated lab shifts tool: built by Marqusee lab member, Sophie Shoemaker
Github 6.25.2020
Fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic Through Testing
HHMI 6.18.2020
How robots help IGI test people for COVID-19
IGI Covid Chronicles 6.26.2020
Cryo-EM structure of the SARS-CoV-2 3a ion channel in lipid nanodiscs
Preprint 6.18.2020
IGI COVID-19 testing lab receives astounding volunteer support from local scientists
IGI Covid Chronicles 7.3.2020
IGI partners with Salesforce to scale testing operations
Salesforce Press Release 6.19.2020
San Quentin prison declined IGI free COVID-19 testing and advice – now there's an outbreak
Nature news article 7.7.2020
Bay Area Lab Builds Fast and Secure Way to Share COVID-19 Test Results
Salesforce Blog 6.24.2020
Jennifer Doudna: 3 ways science will never be the same after COVID-19
Fortune magazine article 7.7.2020
IGI COVID-19 research projects
Innovative Genomics Institute 6.25.2020
Dr. Enrique Lin Shaio of the IGI and Doudna lab talks about testing for COVID-19
This Week In Science video 7.8.2020
Personal take from Jennifer Doudna on COVID-19 Test
KQED interview 6.25.2020
San Quentin COVID-19 outbreak could have been prevented: prison officials reject multiple IGI free testing offers
KTVU News report 7.22.2020
UC Berkeley launches trial of saliva test for COVID-19 
Berkeley News 6.30.2020
Prof. Astar Winoto: Understanding Immune Responses to COVID-19
Universitas Pelita Harapan Guest Lecutre 7.25.2020
The molecular virology of Coronaviruses
The Journal of Biological Chemistry 7.13.20
How COVID-19 escapes the immune system
IGI Covid Chronicles 8.18.2020
Associate professor Sarah Stanley lights the way to find new drugs for COVID-19
Light the Way Campaign for Berkeley video 7.14.2020
MCB students among active volunteers during pandemic
Berkeley News article 8.24.2020
Direct wastewater RNA capture and purification via the "Sewage, Salt, Silica and SARS-CoV-2 (4S)" method Open Access 8.3.2020
The Move for Mass Testing of COVID-19
KCBS Radio Ask an Expert series 8.25.2020
Will COVID-19 patients regain their sense of smell? MCB researchers & colleagues work to sniff out the basic biology of the nose
National Geographic 8.5.2020
Coronavirus: How It Infects Us and How We Might Stop It
Scientific American webinar 8.26.2020
Uncovering how viruses evade cell defenses
APS Physics Journal Interview 8.26.2020
Responding to COVID-19 Conversation with Mike Milken
Milken Institute interview 8.26.2020
Scientists solve structure of ORF8 in coronavirus protein
News Medical article 8.31.2020
Lecture 2, Britt Glaunsinger: "Coronavirus biology"
Fall 2020 MIT COVID-19 and the Pandemic undergraduate course 9.8.2020
SARS CoV-2 nucleocapsid protein forms condensates with viral genomic RNA
Preprint 9.14.2020
UC Berkeley's Homecoming panel discussion: "UC research should be free to all: Covid-19 shows us why."
UC Berkeley Library Panel 10.16.2020
An expert on 'undruggable' targets tackles the coronavirus
Berkeley College of Chemistry article 10.5.2020
Looking for hidden states of COVID-19 spike protein
The University of Texas at Austin article 10.21.2020
UC Berkeley launches pop-up lab to monitor Bay Area sewage for COVID-19
Berkeley News article 10.29.2020
Nobel Prize-winning technology helps UC Berkeley; UCSF researchers develop faster COVID-19 test
The Daily Californian article 11.09.2020

Table Images: Artwork adapted from images by Maya Kostman and Philippa Steinberg for the Innovative Genomics Institute

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