Safely Conducting Essential Research in the Face of COVID-19

April 6, 2020

(Nature) – Around the world, universities have closed because of COVID-19 — forcing an increasing number of researchers to work and teach from home. Some scientists can’t simply stop going to their laboratories — especially not those who are overseeing clinical trials that could offer life-saving vaccines and therapies, particularly against the new coronavirus. And some research activities must continue even in the face of a shutdown. “Animals need to be looked after, and breeding lines must be kept going. Many of these are unique and can’t be regenerated,” says Mike Turner, director of science at Wellcome, a research-funding charity in London.