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  • Scientists Enlist Engineered Protein to Battle the MERS Virus
    In June 2012, a 60-year-old man with flu-like symptoms walked into a private hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Two weeks later, he died from multiple organ failure, becoming the first victim of a mysterious virus that came to be known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • MERS-Like Coronavirus Identified in Ugandan Bat
    A team of researchers in the United States and Uganda has identified a novel coronavirus in a bat from Uganda that is similar to the one causing Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in people, giving further credence to the theory that such viruses originate in bats. The ...More
    April 4, 2017 Posted in News
  • Researchers Find First Proof of a Direct Association Between Coronavirus and Neurological Disease
    For the first time, researchers have found proof of a direct association between strain OC 43 of the human coronavirus (HCoV) and neurological disease in humans. This major breakthrough was made by British and Quebec researchers, including professor Pierre Talbot of the ...More
    October 3, 2016 Posted in News
  • Common Cold Viruses Originated in Camels
    There are four globally endemic human coronaviruses which, together with the better known rhinoviruses, are responsible for causing common colds. Usually, infections with these viruses are harmless to humans. DZIF professor Christian Drosten, Institute of Virology at the ...More
    August 18, 2016 Posted in News
  • New SARS-like Virus is Poised to Infect Humans
    A SARS-like virus found in Chinese horseshoe bats may be poised to infect humans without the need for adaptation, overcoming an initial barrier that could potentially set the stage for an outbreak according to a study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The ...More
    March 14, 2016 Posted in News
  • Scientists Find Clues to Neutralizing Coronaviruses Such as MERS
    When the respiratory illness SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) emerged in 2003, it killed at least 775 people before it was contained. Nine years later, MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) began circulating in the human population—and has gone on to have a ...More
    March 2, 2016 Posted in News
  • New Compound Inhibits Enzyme Crucial to MERS and SARS Viruses, With a Catch
    Scientists at the University of Illinois, Chicago, have identified a compound that effectively inhibits an enzyme crucial to the viruses that cause Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The compound appears to have a different ...More
    September 8, 2014 Posted in News
  • Researchers' Findings Could Pave the Way to Vaccines for SARS and MERS
    A Purdue University-led research team has figured out how to disable a part of the SARS virus responsible for hiding it from the immune system; a critical step in developing a vaccine against the deadly disease. The findings also have potential applications in the creation ...More
    June 3, 2014 Posted in News
  • SARS Could Hold the Key for Treatment of MERS-CoV
    A new type of coronavirus, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), was first found a year ago in a patient who died. It took several months before it was discovered that a new virus had emerged. New cases have been reported from Jordan, Qatar, Saudi ...More
    September 13, 2013 Posted in News
  • Scientists Engineer Strain of MERS Coronavirus for Use in a Vaccine
    Scientists have developed a strain of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) that could be used as a vaccine against the disease, according to a study to be published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The ...More
    September 10, 2013 Posted in News
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