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Northeastern’s Covid-19 testing center is ready to identify the omicron variant

As the world scrambles to make sense of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus, Northeastern is ready to spot it if it enters our community. Northeastern’s COVID-19 testing laboratory can already detect the omicron variant through existing protocols. And that could save the university community precious time in identifying and responding to any threat […]
November 30, 2021

Do I Have Covid-19 or flu? Northeastern will test you for both.

Maybe you have a headache, or a stuffy nose, or a sore throat, or a cough. You might feel fatigued, achy, or a bit feverish. After the last year and a half, you might immediately think that you have COVID-19. But those symptoms also describe the flu. Autumn marks the beginning of flu season. That’s […]
November 12, 2021

Vaccinated? Don’t toss that mask just yet.

A more contagious variant of the coronavirus is now dominant in the U.S. Variants are complicating the fight to subdue the pandemic and raising calls for continued vigilance–and mask-wearing. Illustration by Alison Booth/Northeastern University
April 22, 2021

Northeastern’s COVID-19 test lab now processes pool tests for K-12 schools

Northeastern’s Life Sciences Testing Center is now processing COVID-19 samples for K-12 schools across Massachusetts. As the commonwealth strives to bring students of all ages back into the physical classroom safely this spring, Massachusetts has launched a coronavirus testing program in public K-12 and special education schools. It’s the first statewide program like this in […]
April 01, 2021

Northeastern’s COVID-19 Testing Is Identifying New Variants Faster Than Other Labs

When Northeastern began outlining its COVID-19 testing plan last spring, Jared Auclair, director of Northeastern’s testing lab, had a hunch: The university needed a monitoring system that could adapt to inevitable mutations of the virus in the future. As the pandemic unfolded, viral mutations were top-of-mind for Auclair, whose background in drug resistance in HIV […]
March 10, 2021

Biology and Bioinformatics With Julian Stanley

  What motivated you to pursue a PlusOne master’s degree? I joined Northeastern in the biochemistry program on a 5-year, 3-co-op plan. I already had an interest in bioinformatics, but the Bioinformatics PlusOne program had not been approved yet. During my third year, I wanted to learn more technical skills, so I briefly switched to the “Biology and […]
June 17, 2020

Iron: The Swiss Army Knife for Bacteria

Dr. Yunrong Chai and his team discovered new, essential uses for iron in biofilms, the bacterial populations that colonize our bodies, our hospitals, and our world.
November 04, 2019

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