Virology

Experts Clash Over Masking Kids In Schools During House Hearing

(MedPage Today) -- Expert witnesses offered conflicting perspectives on whether masking children in schools prevents transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus during a hearing of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce's Subcommittee on Oversight...
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Deadly Virus’s Pathway To Infect Cells Identified

Researchers have discovered how Rift Valley fever virus enters cells, pointing the way to new therapies to treat deadly Rift Valley fever.
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Dna Sensor Quickly Determines Whether Viruses Are Infectious

A new sensor can detect not only whether a virus is present, but whether it’s infectious – an important distinction for containing viral spread. Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and collaborators developed the sensor,...
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How Poxviruses Multiply

The last case of smallpox worldwide occurred in Somalia in October 1977. In 1980, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the eradication of the smallpox. According to official sources, the virus continues to exist today only in two...
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Tarek El Moussa Has Covid. And Also Something To Say About His Ex-wife's Engagement.

It's been quite a few days for Tarek El Moussa. First, the HGTV personality tested positive for Covid-19, coming down with a breakthrough case of the virus several months after getting vaccinated. According to the real estate expert's rep,...
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It’s Official: Covid Is Now Deadlier Than Spanish Flu (sort Of)

Trevor Filseth Coronavirus, More than 675,000 Americans have now died of the COVID-19 virus, surpassing the number of deaths in the United States during the 1918 pandemic. In 1918, the world experienced its last major pandemic: the outbreak of...
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'ultra-potent' Antibody Against Sars-cov-2 Variants Isolated

Researchers have discovered an 'ultra-potent' monoclonal antibody against multiple variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, including the delta variant.
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California Now Has Nation's Lowest Virus Transmission Rate

The nation's most populous state is the only one experiencing 'substantial' coronavirus transmission. Associated Press
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Viruses May Jump From Bats To People More Often Than Realized

Scientists studying coronaviruses like SARS-CoV-2 are taking blood samples from people in regions where there are lots of bats to estimate how often people encounter the viruses they carry. WebMD Health News
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Inhibiting Targets Of Sars-cov-2 Proteases Can Block Infection, Study Shows

Researchers at the University of Liverpool have shown how SARS-CoV-2 viral proteases attack the host cell, and how this can be targeted to stop virus replication in cell culture using existing drugs.
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Preparing For A Future Pandemic With Artificial Intelligence

When the novel coronavirus led to a global pandemic last year, doctors and researchers rushed to learn as much as possible about the virus and how our bodies respond to it.
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Desantis Just Hired A Surgeon General With A History Of Questioning Covid Vaccines And Mandates

The newly appointed surgeon general for Florida has a history of questioning COVID-19 mitigation measures and vaccines, and even touted the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for the virus, the Sun-Sentinel reports. "Florida...
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Scientists Find A Key To Hepatitis C Entry Into Cells

Scientists describe the structure of a key protein on the surface of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and how it interacts with its receptor found on some human cells. The findings provide new leads for developing an HCV vaccine.
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Fight Disease With A Raspberry Pi

Despite the best efforts of scientists around the world, the current global pandemic continues onward. But even if you aren’t working on a new vaccine or trying to curb the virus with some other seemingly miraculous technology, there are a few...
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La County Reports First West Nile Death Of The Year

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has confirmed its first West Nile virus death this year. “To the family and friends feeling the sorrow of losing this person due to WNV, we send you our deepest sympathies,” Los Angeles...
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Lessons From How Bats Resist Covid Could Inform New Treatments In Humans

A new paper explores the idea that studying bats' responses to SARS-CoV-2 may provide key insights into how and when to best use existing therapies for COVID-19, and to develop new treatments. The paper is a major review of how the virus that has...
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Bud & Lou Discuss The Pandemic

Bud: I got my vaccination. I am now protected from the virus. Lou: Not me. No one’s gonna jab a needle in my arm. Bud: You must. Lou: Why? Bud: To protect me. Lou: From the virus? Bud: Yes. Lou: But I thought you said you were vaccinated. Bud: I...
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Researchers Combine Viruses With Antibiotics To Fight Severe Illness

Several strains of bacteria are resistant to antibiotics, making them very difficult to treat. One bacteria that’s highly damaging to human lungs and is often resistant to antibiotics is Mycobacterium abscessus. Researchers have found a new...
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Uncovering How T-cells Recognise The Sars-cov-2 Virus Spike Protein

The immune system is vitally important for resolving COVID-19 when individuals are infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Moreover, the vaccines that are being administered to millions of people across the globe are designed to 'pre-warn and arm' the...
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Covid Vaccine Prompts Strong Immune Response In Younger Children, Pfizer Says

Vaccinated kids aged 5 to 11 showed evidence of protection against the virus, the company said. The data must be reviewed by the F.D.A. before children can be inoculated.
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