Influenza Virus

  • Warning Signals from the Volatile World of Influenza Viruses
    The current global influenza situation is characterized by a number of trends that must be closely monitored. These include: an increase in the variety of animal influenza viruses co-circulating and exchanging genetic material, giving rise to novel strains; continuing cases ...More
    4 days ago Posted in News
  • Key to Blocking Influenza Virus May Lie in a Cell's Own Machinery
    Viruses are masters of outsourcing, entrusting their fundamental function – reproduction – to the host cells they infect. But it turns out this highly economical approach also creates vulnerability. Researchers at Rockefeller University and their collaborators ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Seasonal Flu Vaccines Boost Immunity to Many Types of Flu Viruses
    Seasonal flu vaccines may protect individuals not only against the strains of flu they contain but also against many additional types, according to a study published this week in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The work, ...More
    December 9, 2014 Posted in News
  • X-rays Show How Flu Antibody Binds to Viruses
    An important study conducted in part at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory may lead to new, more effective vaccines and medicines by revealing detailed information about how a flu antibody binds to a wide variety of flu viruses. The flu ...More
    December 9, 2014 Posted in News
  • CDC Issues Alert on Potential for Circulation of Drifted Influenza A (H3N2) Viruses
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reminding clinicians of the benefits of influenza antiviral medications and urging continued influenza vaccination of unvaccinated patients this influenza season. Influenza activity is currently low in the United ...More
    December 4, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover Cellular Targets to Thwart Influenza Virus Infection
    The influenza virus, like all viruses, is a hijacker. It quietly slips its way inside cells, steals the machinery inside to make more copies of itself, and then -- having multiplied -- bursts out of the cell to find others to infect. Most drugs currently used to treat ...More
    November 24, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scientists Create the First Complete Picture of a Key Flu Virus Machine
    If you planned to sabotage a factory, a recon trip through the premises would probably be much more useful than just peeping in at the windows. Scientists looking to understand – and potentially thwart – the influenza virus have now gone from a similar ...More
    November 20, 2014 Posted in News
  • Influenza A Potentiates Pneumococcal Co-Infection
    Influenza infection can enhance the ability of the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae to cause ear and throat infections, according to research published ahead of print in the journal Infection and Immunity. In the study, the investigators infected mice with either ...More
    September 22, 2014 Posted in News
  • Evolution of Equine Influenza Led to Canine Offshoot Which Could Mix with Human Influenza
    Equine influenza viruses from the early 2000s can easily infect the respiratory tracts of dogs, while those from the 1960s are only barely able to, according to research published ahead of print in the Journal of Virology. The research also suggests that canine and human ...More
    June 19, 2014 Posted in News
  • Computation Leads to Better Understanding of Influenza Virus Replication
    Computer simulations that reveal a key mechanism in the replication process of influenza A may help defend against future deadly pandemics. Treating influenza relies on drugs such as Amantadine that are becoming less and less effective due to viral evolution. But University ...More
    June 17, 2014 Posted in News
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