by: Ali Azhar, BestReviews Team
LOGAN, Utah (ABC4) – As previously announced in an article by Utah State University, recent research studies resulting from collaborations with the university’s Professor Zhongde Wang have been nationally recognized and published in two separate scientific journals.
The first research study supports understanding of the evolution of COVID-19 disease, or the process of the virus from point of onset to point of resolution. The second research study investigates how mutations in the coronavirus, specifically the omicron variant, allow the virus to enter and affect human cells.
A key success factor in both collaborations has been the use of a hamster model.
The first study, published in Natureidentified the hamster as the first animal model that was found to be highly susceptible to the Omicron variant, showing signs of symptoms like weight loss and, in severe cases, death.
The other study, carried out in collaboration with the US Army and published in the journal of the American Society for Microbiology revealed that the human ACE2 gene made the hamster highly susceptible to previous strains of COVID-19 and led to the development of a more lethal disease.
These results will help to better explain the virus’s interaction with the central nervous system and will continue to support the advancement of vaccines and alternative methods of remission.