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Researchers Find That SARS-CoV-2 Infects Sustentacular Cells in the Olfactory Epithelium of COVID-19 Patients

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It is now widely known that COVID-19 is associated with the transient or long-term loss of olfaction (the sense of smell) but the mechanisms remain obscure. An unresolved question is whether the olfactory nerve can provide SARS-CoV-2 with a route of entry to the brain. Scientists at the Max Planck Research Unit for Neurogenetics in Frankfurt, in collaboration with physicians and scientists at the University Hospitals Leuven (Leuven, Belgium) and a major hospital in Bruges, Belgium, together with scientists at NanoString Technologies Inc. in Seattle, U.S., report that SARS-CoV-2 does not appear to infect the sensory neurons of the olfactory epithelium in COVID-19 patients. Moreover, the team failed to find evidence for infection of olfactory bulb neurons. Instead, the sustentacular cells, also known as supporting cells, are the main target cell type for the virus in the olfactory epithelium. Since SARS-CoV2 spares olfactory sensory neurons and olfactory bulb neurons, it does not appear to be a neurotropic virus.

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EXPLAINER: New Easy-to-use COVID-19 Pills Come With a Catch

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Newly infected COVID-19 patients have two new treatment options that can be taken at home.

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New Research Sheds Light on How Ultrasound Could Be Used to Treat Psychiatric Disorders

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Imagine passing an exam, and thinking your success was down to the socks you wore or the number of biscuits you’d eaten, rather than the hours of study you’d put in.

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Newfane Panel Considers Tiny Home Village at Flea Market

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NEWFANE — The town’s Development Review Board heard from the owner of the Newfane Flea Market earlier this month about his plans to set aside some of the property on Route 30 for eight tiny homes.

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