Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona; Tucson researcher using blender for tumor sampling; SARRC creates virtual police training for autism

May 7, 2020

By Matt Ellsworth

A new COVID-19 clinical trial led by TGen and HonorHealth will test the combination of two long-established drugs on hospitalized patients. Research continues at Arizona’s universities, including an Arizona State University Biodesign Institute finding of a new coronavirus mutation that mirrors one found during the 2003 SARS outbreak. A Tucson company’s VistaScan technology is being used for ultrasounds on the lungs of COVID-19 patients, while a Scottsdale firm creates a monitoring system to detect coronavirus in the air and on surfaces. And a Flagstaff-based infectious disease expert talks about the goal of herd immunity and the development of a vaccine.

TGen partners with a Phoenix-area hospital system to test COVID-19 treatment / Arizona Republic

TGen, HonorHealth partner on coronavirus treatment trials  / KJZZ

Valley researchers developing new treatment options for coronavirus patients / ABC 15

Weekly update with Dr. Paul Keim: Herd immunity / KNAU

Tucson tech company helps doctors see the coronavirus / KOLD

Scottsdale bioscience firm creates system to test COVID-19 in the air / Phoenix Business Journal

New coronavirus mutation mirrors changes of weakening 2003 SARS virus / New York Post

Arizona COVID-19 testing blitz: 60,000 tests in 3 weeks / KJZZ

Former AZ health director: Statewide ‘testing blitz’ could aid contact tracing /

COVID-19 ‘testing blitz’ begins in Arizona with some lines and not much waiting / Arizona Republic

Lack of coronavirus testing in Arizona makes it hard to know when to ease restrictions, experts say / Arizona Daily Star

COVID-19 antibody testing: Proceed with caution, plus other things you need to know / Arizona Republic

UA President promotes campus-wide coronavirus testing in MSNBC interview / Arizona Daily Star

University of Arizona opens up coronavirus antibody testing to community members / Arizona Daily Star

Page, Flagstaff hospitals begin to see COVID-19 slowdown / Arizona Republic

NAU on the front lines of coronavirus response / Flagstaff Business News (Op-ed)

New tumor sampling method developed by Tucson cancer research team uses unlikely kitchen tool — a blender / Arizona Daily Star

A Tucson-based cancer biologist with Roche Molecular Solutions is helping develop a new sampling method that can better detect the genetic diversity of tumors by using a blender, which would allow cells from different areas of the tumor to be more evenly distributed.

SkySong expands ground lease, increases buildable space / Phoenix Business Journal

SkySong is adding 1.5 acres to its ground lease in Scottsdale to allow for up to 120,000 more square feet of future office, retail, or hospitality uses as it prepares to start construction on its $135 million sixth building, a 90-foot, 340,000-square-foot structure with a parking garage.

Phoenix autism advocates help create virtual training for police / KTAR

The Phoenix-based Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center is teaming up with a Tempe-based video simulation company to give law enforcement the chance to virtually interact with somebody with autism.

Arizona university accepts first class of veterinary medicine students / Phoenix Business Journal

The University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine has accepted its first class of 110 students for the fall, with 46 of the students coming from Arizona.

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