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The COVID-19 Basic Science Prequels

Decades before COVID-19 gripped the world, basic science researchers were laying the groundwork for lifesaving medical and technological breakthroughs now central to the world’s pandemic response. With support from the Kavli Foundation and the Simons Foundation, the Science Philanthropy Alliance has enlisted a team of science writers to explore these science origin stories. Each month, the COVID-19 Basic Science Prequels will unpack the people, history, and serendipitous discovery behind topics that now dominate our daily lives.  

A Conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci About Funding Basic Research for Pandemic Preparedness

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Seeing Is Believing: Exposing the “Invisible Monster” 

The Prequels

VIRAL IMAGING AND MODELING

Seeing Is Believing: Exposing the “Invisible Monster”

VIRAL IMAGING AND MODELING

Seeing Is Believing: Exposing the “Invisible Monster”

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PCR

Exponentially Important: The Scientific Origins of PCR

PCR

Exponentially Important: The Scientific Origins of PCR

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MODELING INFECTION AND SPREAD

Pandemic Puts Mathematical Modeling Through Its Paces

MODELING INFECTION AND SPREAD

Pandemic Puts Mathematical Modeling Through Its Paces

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VIROLOGY & EPIDEMIOLOGY

The Arcane Research That Prepared Us for COVID-19

VIROLOGY & EPIDEMIOLOGY

The Arcane Research That Prepared Us for COVID-19

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VACCINES

Scabs and Failure: Springboards for a History-Making Vaccine

VACCINES

Scabs and Failure: Springboards for a History-Making Vaccine

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Transmission & Masks

Put a Mask On It: Understanding How COVID-19 Spreads

Transmission & Masks

Put a Mask On It: Understanding How COVID-19 Spreads

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Viruses

The Vast Viral World: What We Know (and Don’t Know)

Viruses

The Vast Viral World: What We Know (and Don’t Know)

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Genetics

Harnessing the Power of Evolution in the Battle against COVID-19

Genetics

Harnessing the Power of Evolution in the Battle against COVID-19

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HIGH-THROUGHPUT TECHNOLOGIES

How Speeding up Science Aided the Fight Against COVID-19

HIGH-THROUGHPUT TECHNOLOGIES

How Speeding up Science Aided the Fight Against COVID-19

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OMICS

Seeing the Big Picture: Moving From One Molecule to Many

OMICS

Seeing the Big Picture: Moving From One Molecule to Many

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SEQUENCING

Reading Genomes: The Key to Life and to Thwarting Death

SEQUENCING

Reading Genomes: The Key to Life and to Thwarting Death

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