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  • Some Vaccines Support Evolution of More Virulent Viruses
    Scientific experiments with the herpesvirus such as the one that causes Marek's disease in poultry have confirmed, for the first time, the highly controversial theory that some vaccines could allow more-virulent versions of a virus to survive, putting unvaccinated ...More
    4 days ago Posted in News
  • Cells Help Viruses During Cell Entry
    Adenoviruses cause numerous diseases, such as eye or respiratory infections, and they are widely used in gene therapy. Researchers from the University of Zurich have now discovered how these viruses penetrate the cells, a key step for infection and gene delivery The cell ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover Two New Groups of Viruses
    Researchers at the University of Bonn and the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) have discovered two new groups of viruses within the Bunyavirus family in the tropical forest of Ivory Coast. Previously only five groups responsible for serious illnesses in humans ...More
    June 2, 2015 Posted in News
  • Human Clinical Trials Begin for Deadly Hendra Virus Therapy
    The world’s first human clinical trials for a treatment against Hendra virus, a rare but deadly viral disease, have just begun in Australia, using a human monoclonal antibody discovered by federal scientists at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences ...More
    May 4, 2015 Posted in News
  • Bacterial 'Memory' Targets Invading Viruses
    One of the immune system's most critical challenges is to differentiate between itself and foreign invaders -- and the number of recognized autoimmune diseases, in which the body attacks itself, is on the rise. But humans are not the only organisms contending with "friendly ...More
    April 16, 2015 Posted in News
  • Shape-Shifting Molecule Tricks Viruses Into Mutating Themselves to Death
    A newly developed spectroscopy method is helping to clarify the poorly understood molecular process by which an anti-HIV drug induces lethal mutations in the virus’s genetic material. The findings could bolster efforts to develop the next generation of anti-viral ...More
    April 15, 2015 Posted in News
  • SDSU Biologists Develop a Method for Discovering Drugs That Interrupt Viral Proliferation
    A team of biologists from San Diego State University has developed a platform for identifying drugs that could prove to be effective against a variety of viral diseases. In a pair of recent articles in the Journal of Biomolecular Screening and the Journal of Visualized ...More
    April 14, 2015 Posted in News
  • Researchers Find That Microbes are 'Scared to Death' by Virus Presence
    The microbes could surrender to the harmless virus, but instead freeze in place, dormant, waiting for their potential predator to go away, according to a recent study in mBio. University of Illinois researchers found that Sulfolobus islandicus can go dormant, ceasing to ...More
    April 2, 2015 Posted in News
  • CDC and Partners Investigate Newly Discovered Virus
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is today reporting on the discovery of a new virus that may have contributed to the death of a previously healthy man in eastern Kansas in late spring 2014. A CDC study published today details the progression of the ...More
    February 20, 2015 Posted in News
  • NHLBI Researchers Discover Never-Before-Seen Mode of Viral Transmission
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)-funded researchers have discovered a novel means by which viruses spread between cells: multiple polioviruses, a type of enterovirus, travel together within a membrane-enclosed sac, arriving together at a cell they then ...More
    February 16, 2015 Posted in News
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