New model can simulate and analyze large number of viral infections

It is only 120 millionths of a millimetre in size but can bring entire countries to a standstill: the Corona virus. Even if it were to disappear one day, viral infections will still be among the most frequent and difficult-to-treat diseases in humans.

Even decades of research have only produced a few standardized vaccines and strategies for treatment to combat just a small number of viruses. Nor has there been much research into viral mechanisms of action – which was a reason for Prof. Guiscard Seebohm and his team at the Institute for the Genetics of Heart Diseases of Münster University to focus their attention on precisely this topic.

And the team has now succeeded in making a groundbreaking development: it has created a viral expression model which can be used to simulate and analyze a large number of viral infections –

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Number of women on Germany executive boards shrinks during crisis year

Blue-chip German companies have fewer women in board positions than a year ago. Photo: Daniel Roland/AFP via Getty Images
Blue-chip German companies have fewer women in board positions than a year ago. Photo: Daniel Roland/AFP via Getty Images

Unlike in the US, UK, and other developed economies, the number of women on the management and supervisory boards of DAX-listed German companies has fallen in the past year.

According to a study from the Swedish-German AllBright Foundation, there were only 23 female managers on the boards of the 30 companies that make up Germany’s elite DAX index (^GDAXI) — down from 29 women a year ago — and a drop from 14.7% to 12.8% in the past year. This puts the number of women board-members back to the same level as in 2017.

“The crisis has made it particularly clear that diversity at the corporate level of German companies is still not firmly anchored,” said the managing directors of the Allbright Foundation Wiebke Ankersen and Christian Berg.

The drop in

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A record number of women of color are running for Congress

A Black woman on a presidential ticket is unprecedented. But Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) isn’t the only one making history this election season. 

All down the ballot, women, especially women of color, are running for office in unprecedented numbers — breaking records set just two years ago. 

“This year’s numbers are a positive sign that 2018 wasn’t necessarily an anomaly,” Kelly Dittmar, director of research at the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), told the Guardian. “What this year also points to positively is a continued diversification of the women who are running for office and who are getting nominations.”  


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