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Diagnostics COVID-19, Microbiology and immunology

Staying One Step Ahead of Viral Infection

Even before COVID-19 took over the world, researchers from Duke Health were investigating biomarkers to identify presymptomatic respiratory viruses and help control their spread (1) – a focus they did not realize would become so crucial so quickly. After all, acute viral infections are the most common reason for primary care visits in high-income countries. And, after COVID-19, viral outbreaks will continue to threaten public health worldwide. Despite this need, we face logistical barriers to detecting infection early, such as availability of tools and the need for a priori knowledge of the pathogen in question.

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During my undergraduate degree in psychology and Master’s in neuroimaging for clinical and cognitive neuroscience, I realized the tasks my classmates found tedious – writing essays, editing, proofreading – were the ones that gave me the greatest satisfaction. I quickly gathered that rambling on about science in the bar wasn’t exactly riveting for my non-scientist friends, so my thoughts turned to a career in science writing. At Texere, I get to craft science into stories, interact with international experts, and engage with readers who love science just as much as I do.

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