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  • Humans Have a Complicated Relationship With Viruses
    When viruses infect us, they can embed small chunks of their genetic material in our DNA. Although infrequent, the incorporation of this material into the human genome has been occurring for millions of years. As a result of this ongoing process, viral genetic material ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Structure of Human Astrovirus Could Lead to Antiviral Therapies, Vaccines
    Human astroviruses infect nearly everyone during childhood, causing diarrhea, vomiting, and fever. For most people, it's not a serious disease, but structural biologist Rebecca DuBois saw how devastating it can be when she worked at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Scientists Reveal How a Common Virus Triggers Blood Cancer
    Scientists at the University of Sussex, trying to uncover how the common Epstein-Barr virus causes blood cancer in adults and children, have discovered how the virus takes control of two genes involved in cancer development so it can switch them on or off. ...More
    5 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Scientists Find New Metabolic Pathways to Resist Viruses
    Viral infection is one of the leading medical challenges of the 21st century, ranging from the hepatitis C virus (HCV) epidemic affecting 3 percent of the global population, to recent outbreaks of West Nile, Zika and Ebola viruses. ...More
    October 11, 2016 Posted in News
  • Study Shows Mosquito-borne Rift Valley Fever Virus Causes Miscarriage
    The mosquito-borne Rift Valley fever virus has been linked to miscarriage in humans. A study of 130 pregnant Sudanese women with fever showed that the risk of miscarriage was seven times greater if the woman was infected with Rift Valley fever virus. The study, which was ...More
    October 3, 2016 Posted in News
  • Scientists Achieve First Accurate Simulation of a Virus Invading a Cell
    For the first time, scientists know what happens to a virus' shape when it invades a host cell, thanks to an experiment by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Understanding how the virus shape changes could lead to ...More
    September 13, 2016 Posted in News
  • Feed a Virus, Starve a Bacterial Infection?
    A new study puts some old folk wisdom to "feed a cold and starve a fever" to the test. In mouse models of disease, Yale researchers looked at the effects of providing nutrients during infection and found opposing effects depending on whether the infections were bacterial or ...More
    September 8, 2016 Posted in News
  • Scientists Announce Ross River Virus Breakthrough
    Research conducted by Griffith University and Melbourne-based company Paradigm Biopharmaceuticals Limited has uncovered a potential new therapeutic treatment for the global battle against mosquito-borne alphavirus infections, including the debilitating Ross River Virus ...More
    September 7, 2016 Posted in News
  • Identifying How Merkel Cell Polyomavirus Infection Can Cause a Lethal Carcinoma
    A benign virus normally found in the skin can lead to a type of rare, lethal skin cancer. Specifically, infection by the Merkel cell polyomavirus can lead to Merkel cell carcinoma in immune-compromised individuals. Researchers have now identified a type of skin cell as the ...More
    May 30, 2016 Posted in News
  • Researchers Seek to Understand How Viruses Regulate Genetic Diversity
    Viruses evolve quickly. A small tweak to the genetic makeup of a mostly mild strain of influenza can give rise to the next pandemic. An equally small change to the same strain in a different setting can fade it into obscurity. The right trait at the right time is ...More
    May 23, 2016 Posted in News
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