EasyCov, a diagnostic test developed by researchers from the French laboratory Sys2diag goes on the market today. Portable, it can be carried out anywhere and gives its result in under an hour.
Sophie Brouard, Daniel Hissel, Arnaud Landragin and Franck Molina are the CNRS 2020 Innovation Medallists. Since 2011, the CNRS Innovation Medal rewards figures whose exceptional research work has led to groundbreaking innovation in the technological, economic, therapeutic, and social fields.
Chemistry French scientists have set up a multidisciplinary, large-scale virtual screening project that should enable them, during the next 18 months, to look at 1.5 billion small molecules in order to identify candidate compounds that are likely to inhibit the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Interview The CNRS researcher, who was released on 20 March, talks about his imprisonment in Iran. He wonders whether it will be possible to continue conducting scientific work in that country, especially now that his partner Fariba Adelkhah has been sentenced to a harsh prison term.
Psychology After two months of lockdown, have we become like the hikikomori â€“ the Japanese youngsters who choose to live in isolation, shunning the outside world? Natacha Vellut, a psychosociologist at the CERMES3 laboratory and co-author of a book on the subject, offers her analysis.
Physics chemistry In March, an Italian study claiming that pollution particles could be a vector for spreading SARS-CoV-2 made the headlines. The physicist and chemist Jean-FranĂ§ois Doussin explains why this thesis does not hold up and tells us what we know about the spread of the virus through the air.
physiology Sitting down for long periods of time and a lack of physical exercise can disrupt our metabolism and challenge our health, as explained here by the physiologist Audrey Bergouignan. But there is some good news: it is possible to alleviate some of these harmful effects.
Virology The current pandemic has put virology under the spotlight. Mobilised against Covid-19, the discipline also covers a broad range of studies designed to understand, break or circumvent the links between viruses and us.