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  • 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
    2 weeks ago 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
    3 weeks ago 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
  • 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
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