In these extraordinary times, our faculty are conducting research and offering advice, solutions, and expertise on the coronavirus—to understand its effect on us, our well-being, and society.
The question of why COVID-19 disproportionately affects patients with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity is at the heart of a new study by researchers in the lab of UO biologist John Postlethwait.
Postlethwait’s team is developing new zebrafish animal models in an effort to better understand a mechanism involving a pair of proteins, one of which serves as a receptor for the coronavirus. The mechanism helps explain an “inflammatory storm” that can occur in coronavirus patients with preexisting conditions and ultimately make them more likely to die of the illness.
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