Sayer Ji – It may be widely known for treating wounds and skin injuries, but Aloe barbadensis — more popularly known as aloe vera — is more than just a sunburn buster. This thick, short-stemmed plant is a flexible natural remedy that even people not gifted with a green thumb are fond of growing at home.
Aloe vera stores water in its leaves, which contain a slimy tissue that serves as the thick “gel” that people typically associate with the plant. Its extensive food, cosmetic and medicinal uses have built a [...]
By Benedette Cuffari, M.Sc.
Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.
Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the virus behind the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 disease. One of the key biological characteristics of SARS-CoV-2, as well as several other viruses, is the presence of spike proteins that allow these viruses to penetrate host cells and cause infection.
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An overview of the coronavirus structure
Coronaviruses (CoVs) like t [...]