Lab-made virus mimics COVID-19 virus

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine have developed a hybrid coronavirus that will enable more scientists to enter the fight against the pandemic. The scientists genetically modified a mild virus by swapping one of its genes for one from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Whelan named head of molecular microbiology

Whelan, the Marvin A. Brennecke Distinguished Professor of Microbiology, studies how deadly viruses such as Ebola and rabies enter cells and multiply, a key step to finding targets for new antiviral drugs.