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  • Researchers Combine Drugs to Develop a New Treatment for Human Parainfluenza Virus
    Griffith University's Institute for Glycomics has made a promising discovery in the treatment and prevention of human parainfluenza virus. Institute director Mark von Itzstein and his team have shown that two existing drugs readily available on the market can work together ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Researchers Develop Successful New Treatment Against the Deadly Junin Virus
    A team of researchers has made a discovery that could lead to the development of treatment for a deadly virus spread by rodents. An interdisciplinary research team from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc.; the University of ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Infections of the Heart With Common Viruses
    A review article has been published in the journal Current Pharmaceutical Design which provides an overview of the recent literature discussing the different clinical forms of heart disease resulting from virus infections including the prognosis, and current therapies. Many ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • High-Throughput Screen Identifies Potential Henipavirus Drug Target
    The closely related Hendra and Nipah viruses (referred to jointly as henipaviruses) are deadly cousins of the more common mumps, measles, and respiratory syncytial viruses, all members of the paramyxovirus family. Henipavirus outbreaks are on the rise, but little is known ...More
    March 28, 2016 Posted in News
  • More Ancient Viruses Lurk in Our DNA Than We Thought
    Think your DNA is all human? Think again. And a new discovery suggests it’s even less human than scientists previously thought. Nineteen new pieces of non-human DNA -- left by viruses that first infected our ancestors hundreds of thousands of years ago -- have just ...More
    March 22, 2016 Posted in News
  • Scientists Uncover History of Ancient Viruses
    Researchers from Boston College have revealed the global spread of an ancient group of retroviruses that affected about 28 of 50 modern mammals' ancestors some 15 to 30 million years ago. Retroviruses are abundant in nature and include human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV-1 ...More
    March 8, 2016 Posted in News
  • Ancient Viral Invaders in Our DNA Help Fight Today's Infections
    About 8 percent of our DNA is viral in origin: remnants of ancient battles between infectious viruses and our ancestors. These so-called endogenous viruses are often perceived as a mere oddity with no clear biological significance. But a new study by scientists at the ...More
    March 4, 2016 Posted in News
  • First Case of Zika Virus Reported in Puerto Rico
    The Puerto Rico Department of Health reported on Dec. 31, 2015 the first locally acquired case of Zika virus infection in Puerto Rico.  Zika was confirmed in a resident of Puerto Rico with no known travel history. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...More
    January 4, 2016 Posted in News
  • New Method for Observing Viruses May Shed Light on How to Stop Them
    If researchers can understand how viruses assemble, they may be able to design drugs that prevent viruses from forming in the first place. Unfortunately, how exactly viruses self-assemble has long remained a mystery because it happens very quickly and at such small ...More
    December 7, 2015 Posted in News
  • Certain Herpes Viruses Can Infect Human Neurons
    For years, researchers have noted a tantalizing link between some neurologic conditions and certain species of the herpes virus. In patients with Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, and cerebellar ataxia, among other neuropathies, the cerebrospinal fluid teems with ...More
    December 4, 2015 Posted in News
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