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Mason scientists explore herbal treatment for COVID-19

“Could an over-the-counter health “shot” help fight COVID-19? George Mason University researchers think it just might.

Cell and Bioscience recently highlighted research led by Yuntao Wu and Ramin Hakami, in which they examined the potential anti-coronavirus activities of an over-the-counter drink called Respiratory Detox Shot (RDS).”

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Yuntao Wu and Ramin Hakami investigating COVID-19 therapies

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Noble Life Sciences to Conduct Research on Mason SciTech Campus in Collaboration Agreement with National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases

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Innovation Pharmaceuticals and George Mason University Release Laboratory Testing Results Demonstrating Brilacidin’s COVID-19 Treatment Potential

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The Telegraph (UK) highlights potential antibiotic from Komodo dragon blood

Monique Van Hoek from the School of Systems Biology comments on the synthetic molecule created at Mason by combining two genes found in Komodo dragon blood.

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Mason’s NCBID and University of Costa Rica Develop Equine Antibody-based Therapeutic to Neutralize Coronavirus

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Chimeron Bio and George Mason University’s National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases Partner to Develop a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccine using ChaESARTM Technology

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Emergex and GMU’s National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases Partner for Highly Pathogenic RNA Virus Studies

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Mason virologist helping find ways to better diagnose the coronavirus

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Mason scientists’ DNA nanotech research could target illnesses such as the coronavirus

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Improved Treatment for HIV, Cancer Patients

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Mason researcher, Dr. Yuntao Wu, helps identify a T cell marker that could help lead to improved treatment for HIV, cancer patients.

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Multi-Drug Resistant bacteria killed by Alligator antimicrobial peptides

Dr. van Hoek and research associate Stephanie Barksdale published a paper in January 2017 in Developmental and Comparative Immunology, “Cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide from Alligator mississippiensis has antimicrobial activity against multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii and Klebsiella pneumoniae.” In this paper, Dr. van Hoek and her team describe a powerful cathelicidin peptide from the American alligator. This antimicrobial peptide and fragments have very strong activity against a number of Gram-negative bacteria, including multi-drug resistant strains. Experiments indicate that these peptides work by punching very small holes in the bacterial membrane; however, these peptides do not do the same to mammalian cells.

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Tasso, Ceres Nanosciences, George Mason University, and the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases receive $4.25M to develop a universal surveillance platform for infectious disease outbreaks.

MANASSAS, Va. — September 28, 2017 — Tasso, Inc. (Tasso), Ceres Nanosciences (Ceres), George Mason University (Mason), and the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) today announced the commencement of a $11.7 million program, funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), to develop a reliable, safe, and simple universal surveillance platform for infectious disease outbreaks.

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Mosquitoes take on rabbit fever and win

Researchers at George Mason who are investigating potential new sources of antibiotics are looking at unlikely sources including alligator blood and mosquitoes, said Monique van Hoek, a professor in Mason’s School of Systems Biology and at the National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases.

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Bugged Out: Bed Bugs Could Be Key in Development of New Antibiotics

Dr. van Hoek’s bed bug collaborative research may yield alternatives to antibiotics.

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Mason Researchers Looking for Fresh Answers in a Medieval Disease

George Mason University professor Ramin M. Hakami is searching for new ways to treat modern ailments by studying bacterial and viral biodefense agents, including the medieval disease notoriously known as the Black Death.

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Dr. van Hoek receives 2013 OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award