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  • Flu simulations suggest pandemics more likely in spring, early summer
    on October 19, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    New statistical simulations suggest that Northern Hemisphere flu pandemics are most likely to emerge in late spring or early summer at the tail end of the normal flu season, according to a new study. […]

  • Gut bacteria from wild mice boost health in lab mice
    on October 19, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Laboratory mice that are given the gut bacteria of wild mice can survive a deadly flu virus infection and fight colorectal cancer dramatically better than laboratory mice with their own gut bacteria, researchers report. […]

  • H7N9 influenza is both lethal and transmissible in animal model for flu
    on October 19, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    In 2013, an influenza virus began circulating among poultry in China. It caused several waves of human infection and as of late July 2017, nearly 1,600 people had tested positive for avian H7N9. Nearly 40 percent of those infected had died. In 2017, a medical researcher received a sample of H7N9 virus isolated from a patient in China who had died of the flu. He and his research team subsequently began work to characterize and understand it. […]

  • Pair of discoveries illuminate new paths to flu and anthrax treatments
    on October 17, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Two recent studies have set the research groundwork for new avenues to treat influenza and anthrax poisoning. The studies used a series of experiments to identify key pathways and mechanisms previously unknown or overlooked in the body's defenses, and possible treatments already developed. […]

  • Usutu virus is back: Not only in blackbirds but also in humans
    on October 13, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Usutu virus, a flavivirus of African origin, was first detected in Austria in 2001, when it caused a severe bird die-off, mainly of blackbirds. The virus was active in the eastern part of Austria until 2005, killing many blackbirds, but also other songbirds. During 10 subsequent years no Usutu virus associated bird mortality was observed in Austria -- contrary to neighboring Hungary. Last year Usutu virus was identified again in two blackbirds -- and in 2017 already in sixteen songbirds. In another study Usutu virus was demonstrated in seven human blood donations from eastern Austria, suggesting that human infections seem to be more frequent than previously thought.&nbs […]

  • Combination of El Niño and 2016 Ecuador earthquake likely worsened Zika outbreak
    on October 13, 2017 at 12:02 am

    A Zika virus outbreak in coastal Ecuador in 2016 was likely worsened by a strong El Niño and a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck the region in April, according to a new study. […]

  • Experimental Ebola vaccines elicit year-long immune response
    on October 11, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Results from a large randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial in Liberia show that two candidate Ebola vaccines pose no major safety concerns and can elicit immune responses by one month after initial vaccination that last for at least one year. The findings are based on a study of 1,500 adults that began during the West Africa Ebola outbreak. […]

  • Norovirus evades immune system by hiding out in rare gut cells
    on October 11, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Even in immunized animals, noroviruses can escape the immune system and still spread by hiding out in an extremely rare type of cell in the gut, a new mouse study found. […]

  • Tracking the viral parasites of giant viruses over time
    on October 11, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    In freshwater lakes, microbes regulate the flow of carbon and determine if the bodies of water serve as carbon sinks or carbon sources. Viruses exist amidst all bacteria, usually in a 10-fold excess and include virophages which live in giant viruses and use their machinery to replicate and spread. Researchers have effectively doubled the number of known virophages. […]

  • How rabies can induce frenzied behavior
    on October 11, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Scientists may finally understand how the rabies virus can drastically change its host's behavior to help spread the disease, which kills about 59,000 people annually. A new study shows how a small piece of the rabies virus can bind to and inhibit certain receptors in the brain that play a crucial role in regulating the behavior of mammals. This interferes with communication in the brain and induces frenzied behaviors that favor the transmission of the virus. […]

  • New Zika serotypes may emerge, researcher warns
    on October 11, 2017 at 12:01 am

    The virus is mutating very fast in Brazilian patients. Appearance of new serotypes could hinder development of vaccines and efficacy of diagnostic tests, according to a member of one of the leading group of scientists on Zika-related investigations. […]

  • Salt marsh research warns of pumpkin-colored 'zombies'
    on October 10, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Salt marsh research shows that growing abundance of tiny shrimp infected by a microscopic parasite may portend future threats to humankind through disease. […]

  • Gene drives have the potential to suppress mosquito populations, but resistant mosquitoes crop up
    on October 10, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Researchers successfully built a gene drive to reduce female fertility in the mosquito that spreads malaria, but mutations gradually arose that blocked the spread of the new genes. […]

  • Disease-carrying mosquitoes abound in deforested lands
    on October 9, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    UF scientists synthesized and examined data from prior studies that had looked at how many pathogen-carrying mosquito species made their homes in forested lands vs. non-forested lands in 12 countries worldwide, including the United States. […]

  • US Olympians at 2016 Rio Games were infected with West Nile virus, not Zika
    on October 7, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    US Olympic and Paralympic athletes and staff who traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 2016 Summer Games did not become infected with Zika virus but did test positive for other tropical, mosquito-borne viral infections, including West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever and Chikungunya. […]

  • How seemingly acute viral infections can persist
    on October 6, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Scientists have resolved a paradox of viral infection. They've identified how a viral product can both trigger an immune response aimed at eliminating the virus or, conversely, allow the virus to survive and persist. […]

  • Burmese python’s hungry escapades may have consequences for human health
    on October 4, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    As the large, invasive Burmese python eats its way through south Florida's mammals, the mosquitoes in the area have fewer types of animals to bite. Now, more mosquitoes are drawing blood from a rat that carries a virus dangerous to humans. […]

  • Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017: Cryo-electron microscopy
    on October 4, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 goes to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank, and Richard Henderson "for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution." […]

  • Tiny protein offers major insight into foot-and-mouth virus
    on October 3, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Scientists have identified that a tiny protein, which plays a major role in the replication of foot-and-mouth disease virus, demonstrates a greater level of genetic economy than previously reported. […]

  • New approach for AIDS: Lock HIV in reservoir cells, to die through apoptosis
    on October 2, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    With the successful suppression of the AIDS virus (HIV) through medication, the focus turns toward its eradication. Researchers have developed a new compound that is key to the destruction of HIV. When the compound is introduced into infected cells, viral budding is suppressed thereby confining it within the host cells. The cell then dies naturally through apoptosis. This treatment is hoped to lead to the complete recovery from AIDS in the near future. […]

  • Meet the hominin species that gave us genital herpes
    on October 2, 2017 at 2:53 am

    New research uses innovative data modeling to predict which species acted as an intermediary between our ancestors and those of chimpanzees to carry HSV2 -- the genital herpes virus -- across the species barrier. […]

  • Broad-spectrum inhibitors of influenza virus developed
    on September 28, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Artificial peptide molecules that neutralize a broad range of influenza virus strains have been developed by a team of researchers. […]

  • Breakthrough in rapid, mass screening for the Ebola virus
    on September 28, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    A new, faster and safer way of diagnosing the Ebola virus has been developed. […]

  • Scientists unlock mysteries of how Ebola uses people's immune defenses to cause infection
    on September 26, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Scientists have gained new insight into how the Ebola virus uses the body's natural defenses to speed the rate of infection and unleash its lethal disease, according to a new report. […]

  • Biochemists discover mechanism that helps flu viruses evolve
    on September 26, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Flu viruses' rapid evolution relies in part on hijacking some of the cellular machinery of the infected host cell -- a group of proteins called chaperones, which help other proteins fold into the correct shape. When viruses are unable to get help from these proteins, they do not evolve as rapidly, research shows. […]

  • Researchers identify novel way to target Ebola
    on September 26, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Researchers have identified a potential new way to attack Ebola. Scientists have discovered that a protein called Tim-1 (T-cell immunoglobulin and mucin domain-containing protein 1) plays a key role in the development of the cytokine storm seen in the last stages of Ebola infection. […]

  • How to remove a tick and prevent future bites
    on September 19, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    As tick populations grow and spread across the country, their prevalence is increasing the public’s risk for some troubling diseases. Of these diseases, say dermatologists, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Powassan virus and alpha-gal syndrome —- a mysterious red meat allergy -— are among the most serious. […]

  • 'Exciting' discovery on path to develop new type of vaccine to treat global viruses
    on September 15, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Scientists have made a significant discovery in efforts to develop a vaccine against Zika, dengue and Hepatitis C viruses that affect millions of people around the world. […]

  • New organelled discovered in parasitic wasp venom
    on September 15, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Biologists have identified the composition of 'virus-like particles' (VLPs) found in the venom of a wasp that is a parasite of fruit flies. Invisible to the eye, wasp VLPs suppress the flies' immune responses by killing their blood cells. […]

  • Chimera viruses can help the fight against lymphomas
    on September 14, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Researchers have created a chimera virus that allows the study of molecules to treat cancers caused by human herpes virus infection in mice models of disease. […]