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Berlin scientists investigate which cells are affected by new coronavirus

A group of scientists at the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH), in collaboration with other regional universities, charities and hospitals, have been investigating what cells the new coronavirus directly impacts. 

The researchers used sample material from healthy patients to examine which cells in the respiratory system can be infected by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Almost 60,000 individual cells were sequenced in the study, which found that the virus is increasingly expressed in progenitor cells.

The team paid tribute to the role of technological solutions in the study, as they used a hardware and system designed by Intel. 

The news was shared by Berlin Partner for Business and Technology through Health Capital's Newslflash series, which details other contributions to the fight against COVID-19 by the region. Read more about the study and its findings here