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  • 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
  • Viruses Detected in Swedish Mosquito Larvae
    After an outbreak of Ockelbo disease in northern Sweden in 2013, researchers at Umeå University were able to trace the virus to mosquitos in an area of Lövånger. In a new study, researchers have shown that mosquito larvae in the Västerbotten region ...More
    May 12, 2016 Posted in News
  • 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
    April 7, 2016 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
    April 4, 2016 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
    March 31, 2016 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
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