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  • Hepatitis A-Like Virus Identified in Seals
    Scientists in the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health have discovered a new virus in seals that is the closest known relative of the human hepatitis A virus. The finding provides new clues on the emergence of hepatitis ...More
    6 days ago Posted in News
  • Team Applies Genomics Expertise to Analyze and Map Virus Sequence Database
    Viruses are tiny—merely millionths of a millimeter in diameter—but what they lack in size, they make up in quantity. “If you were to take all the viruses from the planet, and lay them side by side, the length would be 1,000 times the length of the Milky ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Researchers Construct Atomic Model of an Immature Retrovirus
    Using molecular modeling and large-scale molecular dynamic simulation, University of Illinois researchers constructed an atomic model of an immature retrovirus. The researchers, from the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group at the Beckman Institute for Advanced ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • 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
    July 27, 2015 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
    July 9, 2015 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
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