Glowing viruses allow San Antonio researchers to track how COVID-19 spreads in real time
A team of scientists at Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio is doing such important work with the viruses that cause COVID-19 that hundreds of other teams worldwide are requesting to use their research.
UTSA researchers uncover evidence that COVID-19 virus could enter human brain
SAN ANTONIO – A University of Texas at San Antonio research team wanted to know if the virus that causes COVID-19 could enter the brain. Jenny Hsieh, a professor in the Department of Biology at UTSA, led the research to test the team’s questions. She said researchers took human stem cells and created brain organoids, or tiny brains, in a lab. “Organoids are really small, three-dimensional brain-like tissue grown in a petri dish, and they resemble the developing human brain,” Hsieh said. Hsieh said UTSA researchers collaborated with scientists from the Texas Biomedical Institute, who are growing the live virus.