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Abu Dhabi now has its own means of analysing the genetic code of Covid-19. A team of scientists from several scientific institutions in Abu Dhabi have created a chemical solution which can extract ribonucleic acid, or RNA, from the virus. RNA acts as a messenger for cellular organisms to convey genetic information. Many viruses encode their genetic information using an RNA genome. Extracting RNA from Covid-19 is a key component in testing, as it enables scientists...

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Researchers at Khalifa University of Science and Technology are leading a global team investigating how the COVID-19 virus, usually found in animals such as bats, has made the jump to humans. This research falls under Khalifa University’s COVID-19 Research and Development Task Force initiative, which includes multidisciplinary researchers from across the world including from the UAE, the US, China, Singapore and Australia. Collaborators from across the Middle East, North America, Europe, South East and North...

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This story is a part of Covering Climate Now’s week of coverage focused on Climate Solutions, to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Covering Climate Now is a global journalism collaboration committed to strengthening coverage of the climate story. The cement industry accounts for eight percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. It is the world’s second most consumed material. UAE-based architects Wael Al Awar and Kenichi Teramoto have been working on an alternative –...