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Vol. 18 ISSUE 1 Jan. - Mar. 2020

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Department of Zoology, University of Madras
Chennai, India

Vol. 18 Issue 1 Jan. - Mar. 2020 - ISSN-0974-1550

Dear Readers,



          From the Coordinator’s Desk!

         In view of developments regarding Covid-19, I would like to quote the proverb “Prevention is better than cure” to insist in having good personnel hygienic habits and follow social distancing to stay safe during this global crisis of Covid-19. These are disturbing times and COVID-19 is clearly impacting our personal and professional lives including those of our loved ones too. Please take care, stay positive and find sometime for having fun and smiling. I am confident we will get through this, together. COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. The disease spreads mainly through respiratory droplets expelled by someone who is coughing. It is possible to catch it from someone with mild symptoms. The time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of the disease range from 1-14 days, most commonly around five days. To protect yourself and others, wash your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water as frequently as possible. When you cough or sneeze cover your mouth. Dispose of used tissues immediately and wash hands regularly. Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.
         Keeping the above things in mind this newsletter covers a mini review on the facts and figures of novel coronavirus 2019 along with reports on harnessing supercomputers to unpack the coronavirus spike protein, water problems around the world due to Covid-19, gene targeting to breakthrough Covid-19, Odds of edible insects transmitting coronavirus and many interesting topics.

Dr. C. Arulvasu

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Babu Gajendran, Krishnapriya Madhu Varier, Arulvasu Chinnasamy




Researcher harnessing supercomputers to unpack the coronavirus spike protein

COVID-19 heightens water problems around the world


Scientists aim gene-targeting breakthrough against COVID-19




Odds of edible insects transmitting coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is negligible


An important new tool for developing COVID-19 treatments, vaccines




Detecting methane emissions during COVID-19


Abstracts of Recent Publications


Important E-resources on Microorganisms



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