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University Of Pittsburgh Scientists Discover Biomolecule That May Neutralize Coronavirus – CBS Pittsburgh

The researchers reported that Ab8 is “highly effective” in preventing and treating SARS-CoV-2 infection in mice and hamsters.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — University of Pittsburgh scientists have isolated a biomolecule that “completely and specifically” neutralizes the virus that causes coronavirus.

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers isolated the smallest biological molecule to date that neutralizes the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to a report published Monday in the journal Cell. The antibody component is 10 times smaller than a full-sized antibody and has been used to create a drug known as Ab8 for use as a therapeutic and preventative against SARS-CoV-2, the report says.

The researchers reported that Ab8 is “highly effective” in preventing and treating SARS-CoV-2 infection in mice and hamsters.

“Ab8 not only has potential as therapy for COVID-19, but it also could be used to keep people from getting SARS-CoV-2 infections,” said co-author John Mellors, M.D., chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at UPMC and Pitt, said in a release from UPMC. “Antibodies of larger size have worked against other infectious diseases and have been well tolerated, giving us hope that it could be an effective treatment for patients with COVID-19 and for protection of those who have never had the infection and are not immune.”

Stay with KDKA for more on this developing story.

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Pittsburgh company to deliver NASA moon rover – WTAE Pittsburgh

CHRIS: GET THIS. NASA CHOSE A PITTSBURGH COMPANY TO FLY ITS WATER-HUNTING ROBOT TO THE MOON. NASA BELIEVES THE ROBOT WILL HELP IN ITS MISSION TO DEVELOP A SUSTAINABLE AND LONG-TERM PRESENCE ON THE MOON. ASTROBOTIC WAS CHOSEN TO DELIVER ITS ROVER TO THE MOON’S SOUTH POLE. ASTROBOTIC WILL RECEIVE A CONTRACT WORTH NEARLY $200 MILLION. THE COMPANY WILL HANDLE THE ROVER THAT WILL ROAM SEVERAL MILES OF THE MOON, COLLECT DATA IN ITS SEARCH FOR ICE AND WATER, AND TAKE SOIL SAMPLES. TRY SAYING THAT FIVE TIMES FAS

Pittsburgh company to deliver NASA moon rover

Astrobotic’s Griffin lunar lander is to carry the NASA VIPER mission to the south pole of the moon in 2023, as a precursor to a human landing.

Pittsburgh company Astrobotic has been awarded $199.5 million by NASA to deliver the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, to the south pole of the moon in 2023.Griffin’s delivery of VIPER will be Astrobotic’s second delivery, following the company’s Peregrine lander delivery in 2021. When VIPER disembarks from Griffin’s ramps onto the moon, it will survey the surface and subsurface for water ice, which could be used for breathable air and rocket propellant by future deep space explorers. VIPER’s mapping of lunar water ice could be the first step toward utilizing resources in the space environment to enable more affordable and sustainable space exploration.

PITTSBURGH —

Pittsburgh company Astrobotic has been awarded $199.5 million by NASA to deliver the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, to the south pole of the moon in 2023.

Griffin’s delivery of VIPER will be Astrobotic’s second delivery, following the company’s Peregrine lander delivery in 2021.

When VIPER disembarks from Griffin’s ramps onto the moon, it will survey the surface and subsurface for water ice, which could be used for breathable air and rocket propellant by future deep space explorers.

VIPER’s mapping of lunar water ice could be the first step toward utilizing resources in the space environment to enable more affordable and sustainable space exploration.

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Pittsburgh newspaper accused of removing black journalist from protest coverage after she posted a tweet about looting – CNN

(CNN)Pittsburgh Post-Gazette leadership is accused of removing a black journalist from protest coverage after she posted a tweet about looting last Sunday, the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh said in a statement.

The paper has also banned others in the newsroom who spoke out against the paper’s decision, they said.
“The move stifled one of the few black reporters at the paper,” the statement reads.
Alexis Johnson, a journalist at the Post-Gazette, posted a tweet with pictures on May 31st saying, “Horrifying scenes and aftermath from selfish LOOTERS who don’t care about this city!!!!! …. oh wait sorry. No, these are pictures from a Kenny Chesney concert tailgate. Whoops.”
The pictures accompanying the tweet were of a parking lot at night, covered in trash and debris. The tweet went viral, accruing more than 178,000 likes.

Pulled off protest coverage

The next morning, Johnson pitched four stories related to the protests to her editor and she was told to hold off, she told CNN.
Later, she got a call from editors saying that her tweet violated social media policy and that she was being pulled off protest coverage.
CNN has reached out to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette leadership for comment.
While there are social media guidelines that were sent out several years ago, there was no policy that their union agreed to, Johnson said, and she had no warning by managers before her removal from coverage.
Union officials from the Guild met with three top managers on Wednesday to get Johnson reinstated on protest coverage, but the editors declined.
A white male reporter who also tweeted about the protests was spoken to by editors, but was only given a warning, according to Johnson. The reporter was removed from protest coverage after Guild representatives brought up the issue during their meeting, she said.
Johnson declined to identify the reporter.
“They need to take a hard look at why they made that decision,” Johnson told CNN. “They may very well thought I violated the guidelines, but I guess they need to think about why they felt so strong about that, and not a white male reporter. I guess they need to try to figure out why they are standing so strong on this.”
A photographer for the Post-Gazette, which Guild president Michael Fuoco confirmed to be Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist Michael Santiago, was also removed from protest coverage after tweeting support for Johnson, the Guild said.
When asked for comment, Santiago referred CNN to Fuoco, who directed CNN to the Guild statement. He also said that as of today, all Post-Gazette photographers are banned from protest coverage.

‘Right fight’

In addition, two reporter’s stories about the protests were taken down last week, according to the Guild statement, and were later reposted “severely shortened” and with no bylines.
One of the reporters, Lauren Lee, told CNN that this was the “right fight,” and she is “standing with Alexis, Michael and the few other reporters of color at the Post-Gazette and will continue to do so.”
Johnson said she hasn’t heard from management since last Monday.
She is requesting an apology to her and the Post-Gazette readers for her protest coverage ban. Johnson and the Guild are also requesting for her to be allowed to cover the protests again.

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