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What Viral Evolution Can Teach Us About the Coronavirus Pandemic:


In the Ebola and Zika outbreaks of the past several years, evolutionary trees revealed the virus’s patterns of spread around the world, but sometimes not until months or years after the outbreaks began. The new coronavirus has spread far faster—but the pace of science has sped up as well. Between January and early April, more than twenty-five hundred covid-19 genomes were published, making it possible to track how the virus has spread and evolved in almost real time.These advances raise the tantalizing possibility that knowledge of viral evolution can alter the course of this pandemic.

There are two types of people in this world. Avoid both.

How is it going people? 

Relax, stay at home if you can, and wear mask according with your local authorities guidance.

Be safe!

Cartoon via My Clean Sick Sense of Humor FB page

Why It’s So Freaking Hard To Make A Good COVID-19 Model

From FiveThirtyEight

Great article, please read it. Be wary of data without context. Always.

Numbers aren’t facts. They’re the result of a lot of subjective choices that have to be documented transparently and in detail before you can even begin to consider treating the output as fact.

I don’t want to be frivolous, but humor is important even in tough times like these, when we know the worst is yet to come. If your country is already affected, please stay at home, it save lives.

Via Sarcasm society

8kb graphical visualization of the RNA sequence of SARS-CoV-2. [Source of the complete genome]

Via Data is Beautiful subReddit

We humans know how to fight epidemics, and today we can fight them better than ever.

Wikipedia list of epidemics

Take care guys! [And follow official recommendations]

Image via Hersenspinsels FB page

New Images of Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 Now Available

High-res / Flickr download



Via: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

What Does Cancer Metastasis Have to Do with Wound Healing? More than You Might Think

(Via Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)

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During metastasis, cancer cells break off from the primary tumor and travel to other locations in the body through the blood or lymph. Credit: Gunilla Elam/Science Source