Well-known evolutionary biologist Jaroslav Flegr anticipated in August that things weren’t going to go the way we hoped regarding the coronavirus. As of last week, cases jumped to record levels in the Czech Republic. Professor Flegr says there is still a “small window of opportunity” in which steps can be taken, where we can act to prevent infections from spiralling further out of control. But even in the best-case scenario, he says, we’re in for a long, tough winter.Continue Reading

If the novel coronavirus had never hit, Ruth Tachezy would have been doing other things: applying for funding, heading a national reference laboratory, preparing for a mountaineering vacation. Instead, she opted to tackle a higher “mountain”, setting her sights on SARS-CoV-2, the pathogen that changed the world drastically in just a few months.Continue Reading

Dean Jiří Zima’s studies and career at CU’s Faculty of Science spans some 40 years, going from student to scientific researcher to assistant and professor. As dean, he has overseen numerous successes at what is one of the university’s biggest and most popular faculties. Last month, the faculty celebrated 100 years since it was founded on 24 June 1920.Continue Reading