Virology

Ebola Outbreak Hits 1,000 Cases

More than a thousand people have been infected with the deadly Ebola virus in two eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in an outbreak that has claimed hundreds of lives and flummoxed public health officials.The Congolese...
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Gov. Matt Bevin Exposed All Nine Of His Kids To Chickenpox Virus Instead Of Vaccine

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin revealed on Tuesday that he intentionally exposed all nine of his children to the chickenpox virus, in the hopes they would catch the disease and develop immunity. They did, indeed, catch the disease, and in what is the...
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Spaceflight Triggers Herpes Viruses To 'reawaken'

Being in outer space can have some odd effects on the body, including triggering dormant herpes viruses to reawaken, according to a recent review study.
Related topics: Herpes, Virus, Medical Research

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Mobile Dna Element Found In Mosquito Parasite Has Potential For Infectious Disease Control

Controlling mosquito-borne illnesses, such as Dengue or West Nile virus, has historically been difficult due to a lack of effective vaccines and concerns about the environmental impact of insecticides. Thus, scientists have turned to manipulating...
Related topics: DNA, Genetics, Parasites, West Nile Virus, Virus, Vaccines

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Antibodies From Earlier Exposures Affect Response To New Flu Strains

Research highlights role of immunological imprinting -- or how the immune system fights the flu after previous exposure to the virus via infections or vaccinations -- in the elicitation of new antibodies.
Related topics: Flu, Influenza (Flu), Medical Research, Virus, Vaccines

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Does Novavax Have A Viable Path Forward?

Novavax (NASDAQ: NVAX), a pre-revenue vaccine developer, is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Following the latest clinical failure of its respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine, ResVax, last month, the company could be forced into making...
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A Tale Of Two Viruses: Why Aids Was Pinned To Hiv, But Chronic Fatigue Remains A Mystery

Vincent Racaniello is Higgins Professor of Microbiology & Immunology at Columbia University, where he oversees research on viruses that cause common colds and poliomyelitis. He teaches virology to undergraduate, graduate, medical, dental, and...
Related topics: Virus, AIDS, HIV, Medical Research, Nursing

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Revealing The Rules Behind Virus Scaffold Construction

A team of researchers including Northwestern Engineering faculty has expanded the understanding of how virus shells self-assemble, an important step toward developing techniques that use viruses as vehicles to deliver targeted drugs and therapeutics...
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"the Situation Is Quite Severe": Aluminum Giant Norsk Crippled By Massive Ransomware...

Two years after some of the world's biggest corporations were hit by the WannaCry virus which morphed into the "biggest ransomware attack in history", and which subsequently was found to have been created with NSA hacking software, on Tuesday, Norsk...
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Hepatitis B Virus Sheds Light On Ancient Human Population Movements Into Australia

Australian researchers have used current hepatitis B virus (HBV) genome sequences to deduce ancient human population movements into Australia, adding weight to the theory that the mainland Aboriginal population separated from other early humans at...
Related topics: Hepatitis, Hepatitis B, Virus, Medical Research, Genetics

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Zika Study May 'supercharge' Vaccine Research

Scientists looking at the genetics of Zika virus have found a way to fast-track research which could lead to new vaccines.
Related topics: Medical Research, Vaccines, Genetics, Virus

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Health Tip: Treating Rashes

-- Children often visit the pediatrician for skin rashes. From viruses to allergies, rashes have a multitude of causes. To ease discomfort, KidsHealth tells parents: Do not rub the skin. Pat it dry after a bath or shower. Do not scratch or scrub...
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With Single Gene Insertion, Blind Mice Regain Sight

People left blind by retinal degeneration have one option: electronic eye implants. Neuroscientists have now developed an alternative: gene therapy that, in tests, restored vision in blind mice. A gene for green opsin delivered via virus gave blind...
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Cardiorespiratory Fitness Of Farmed Atlantic Salmon Unaffected By Virus

The respiratory systems of Atlantic salmon function normally even when carrying large loads of piscine orthoreovirus (PRV), new research has found. The results are a positive step in reducing the uncertainty about the potential of infected farmed...
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Scientists Delineate Pathway That Helps Us Make Antibodies

Our bodies are continuously concocting specific antibodies to thwart invaders like a virus or even pollen, and scientists have new information about how the essential production gets fired up and keeps up.
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Health Tip: Cold Sores 101

-- Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV), a contagious germ. Although some people show no symptoms, others develop unpleasant sores on the mouth or lips. Normally, cold sores will go away on their own within a few weeks. Antiviral...
Related topics: Herpes, Herpes Simplex Virus, Virus, Germs

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Vexed By The Vaxxed: How Measles Is Smarter Than Your Average Bear

You will not hear this on the news but those who have been vaccinated, can get measles and also transmit it to others.  Bacteria and viruses are smart.  They have evolved for thousands of years and vaccination is not going to stop them from...
Related topics: Bacteria, Virus, Vaccines

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Small Babies, Big Data

The first week of a newborn's life is a time of rapid biological change as the baby adapts to living outside the womb, suddenly exposed to new bacteria and viruses. Yet surprisingly little is known about these early changes. An international...
Related topics: Bacteria, Virus, Medical Research

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New Understanding Of Sophistication Of Microbial Warfare

Researchers explain how viruses make a molecular decoy that is used to subvert the CRISPR-Cas bacterial immune system.
Related topics: Medical Research, Virus, Bacteria

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Sinister Blastocystis: A Clandestine Killer Of Good Bacteria Revealed

Since most of the microbes in our gut are bacteria, they tend to hog much of the microbiome research limelight. But lurking amongst the bacteria are other microbes such as single-cell eukaryotes (SCE) and viruses, which have been largely ignored...
Related topics: Bacteria, Microbiome, Medical Research, Virus

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