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  • Mineral layer around avian flu pathogen may be the cause for human infections
    on August 18, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Avian flu can be transmitted from birds to humans; transmission among humans, however, is limited. The reason may be an eggshell-like mineral layer that the virus acquires due to the high calcium concentration in the intestines of birds. These mineralized viruses are significantly more infectious and, in addition, more robust and heat stable than the native viruses. […]

  • Viruses and aphids that help crops? Scientists think it may be possible
    on August 17, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Scientists are making an effort to help corn stand up to stress brought on by drought and disease by using viruses and aphids to activate desirable traits. It’s speculative research that could yield new insight into how viruses, insects and plants interact. […]

  • Hemorrhagic fevers: Countering inflammation to prevent circulatory failure
    on August 17, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Hemorrhagic fevers are severe viral diseases that are often fatal. Researchers have now identified messenger substances of the immune system, which in infected mice lead to the development of shock. […]

  • Pig-to-person spread of flu at fairs a continued concern
    on August 16, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    The spread of influenza among pigs is common at fairs and other gatherings, and protective measures including cutting the length of time pigs and people congregate make good sense for both the animals and humans, say the authors of a new study. […]

  • Addressing superbug resistance with Phage therapy
    on August 16, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    International research shows that bacteriophage therapy -- a process whereby bacterial viruses attack and destroy specific strains of bacteria -- can be used successfully to treat systemic, multidrug resistant bacterial infections. […]

  • Can previous exposure to West Nile alter the course of Zika?
    on August 16, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    West Nile virus is no stranger to the U.S.-Mexico border; thousands of people in the region have contracted the mosquito-borne virus in the past. But could this previous exposure affect how intensely Zika sickens someone now? […]

  • Frogs that adapt to pesticides are more vulnerable to parasites
    on August 15, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Amphibians can evolve increased tolerance to pesticides, but the adaptation can make them more susceptible to parasites, according to a team of scientists. […]

  • Compounds in desert creosote bush could treat giardia, 'brain-eating' amoeba infections
    on August 15, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Researchers have found that compounds produced by the creosote bush, a desert plant common to the Southwestern United States, exhibit potent anti-parasitic activity against the protozoa responsible for giardia infections and an amoeba that causes an often-lethal form of encephalitis. […]

  • Gene that controls immune response to chronic viral infections identified
    on August 15, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    A gene that helps some people and animals fend off persistent viral infections has now been discovered by a team of scientists. […]

  • Organs fight infections that enter through the skin
    on August 15, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    New information about how and where the innate immune system fights off viral infections that enter through the skin could lead to better treatments for viruses like Zika, dengue and measles, according to researchers. […]

  • Epigenetic drugs show promise as antivirals
    on August 15, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Some epigenetic pharmaceuticals have the potential to be used as broad spectrum antivirals, according to a new study. The study demonstrated that histone methyltransferases EZH2/1 inhibitors, which are being used in cancer clinical trials, have activity against a variety of viruses, including herpes simplex virus (HSV). […]

  • Plant-produced polio vaccines could help eradicate age-old disease
    on August 15, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Plants have been used to produce a new vaccine against poliovirus in what is hoped to be a major step towards global eradication of the disease. […]

  • Human intrusion on fruit bat habitats raises exposure risk to Hendra virus in Australia
    on August 15, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    There is a rising risk of human and domestic animal exposure to deadly Hendra virus (HeV) carried by fruit bats in Eastern Australia due to human intrusion into their habitats, human proximity to woodlands and vegetation loss, a new study reveals. […]

  • An immune signaling pathway for control of yellow fever virus infection
    on August 15, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Researchers have uncovered a critical role for a new immune signaling pathway in controlling infection by the flavivirus Yellow Fever Virus (YFV). […]

  • Viruses up their game in arms race with immune system
    on August 14, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Myxoma virus -- introduced to control the rabbit population in Australia in 1950 -- has developed a deadly ability to suppress the immune response in host rabbits. This example of an evolutionary arms race highlights the potential for escalating virus virulence and host resistance to produce more dangerous viruses with implications for agriculture and human vaccination, where resistance to viruses is artificially increased through selective breeding, genetic engineering, and immunization, potentially accelerating the arms race. […]

  • Seeing a virus in action
    on August 14, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Imaging the movement of a virus demonstrates that single-particle X- ray scattering has the potential to shed new light on key molecular processes, like viral infection, when paired with powerful new algorithms. […]

  • Scientists use gene editing to eliminate viruses in live pigs
    on August 10, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Scientists have edited the pig genome to deactivate a family of retroviruses. The results hold important implications for transplant medicine in humans. […]

  • Novel poxvirus threatens juvenile squirrels
    on August 9, 2017 at 11:40 am

    A previously unknown poxvirus causes severe disease in European red squirrels from Germany. Molecular genetic investigations revealed a new virus species in the family of Poxviridae. […]

  • Scientists develop improved, potentially safer Zika vaccine
    on August 9, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Researchers have developed the world's first plant-based Zika vaccine that could be more potent, safer and cheaper to produce than any other efforts to date. […]

  • The mystery of the yellowing sugarcane
    on August 8, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Since 2011, a mysterious illness known as Yellow Canopy Syndrome (YCS) has afflicted Australian sugarcane causing $40 million in losses. Researchers used supercomputers to perform large-scale investigations of the sugarcane genome. They detected signals in the data that could indicate a bacteria or stress causing YCS. They are conducting further computational studies to test their hypotheses. […]

  • Ready-to-use cells are safe and effective to treat viral infections, study suggests
    on August 8, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    A phase II clinical trial shows that patients who received a hematopoietic stem cell transplant and developed a viral infection could be helped by receiving immune cells specialized in eliminating that particular virus. […]

  • Can a Zika outbreak be sustained sexually? It's complicated
    on August 8, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Unlike other mosquito-borne outbreaks, Zika doubles as a sexually transmitted infection, with men retaining the virus 10 times longer in their semen than women do in their vaginal fluids. According to research, populations least likely to get tested for Zika could sustain a silent outbreak. […]

  • Unknown virus discovered in 'throwaway' DNA
    on August 4, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    A chance discovery has opened up a new method of finding unknown viruses. Researchers have revealed that Next-Generation Sequencing and its associated online DNA databases could be used in the field of viral discovery. They have developed algorithms that detect DNA from viruses that happen to be in fish blood or tissue samples, and could be used to identify viruses in a range of different species. […]

  • Natural compound coupled with specific gut microbes may prevent severe flu
    on August 3, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    A particular gut microbe can prevent severe flu infections in mice, likely by breaking down naturally occurring compounds -- called flavonoids -- commonly found in foods such as black tea, red wine and blueberries, new research shows. […]

  • Ebola detected in semen of survivors two years after infection
    on August 2, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Researchers have found Ebola RNA in the semen of survivors two years after infection. They are calling on the World Health Organization to update its guidelines on sexual transmission. […]

  • Europe's most dangerous pathogens: Climate change increasing risks
    on August 2, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    The impact of climate change on the emergence and spread of infectious diseases could be greater than previously thought, according to new researc […]

  • Whole genome sequencing identifies cause of zoonotic epidemic
    on August 1, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    For the first time, researchers have used whole genome sequencing to identify the cause of a zoonotic infection that sparked a national epidemic. Researchers describe their use of whole genome sequencing to determine the cause of a respiratory disease that ripped through a population of native horses in Iceland several years ago. […]

  • Zika infections unlikely to be passed by kissing, casual contact
    on August 1, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Casual contact like kissing or sharing a fork or spoon is not enough for the Zika virus to move between hosts, according to researchers who conducted studies with monkeys. […]

  • Cell senescence is regulated by innate DNA sensing
    on July 31, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Scientists have made new insights into the control of cell senescence, which is intimately linked to the development of cancer and aging. […]

  • New tool to distinguish between viral, bacterial infections
    on July 28, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Antibiotics are lifesaving drugs, but overuse is leading to antibiotic resistance, one of the world's most pressing health threats. Scientists identified 11 genetic markers in blood that accurately distinguished between viral and bacterial infections 80 to 90 percent of the time. The finding is important because physicians don't have a good way to confirm bacterial infections like pneumonia and more-often-than-not default to an antibiotic. […]