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  • New Link Found Between Sex and Viruses
    Sexual reproduction and viral infections actually have a lot in common. According to new research, both processes rely on a single protein that enables the seamless fusion of two cells, such as a sperm cell and egg cell, or the fusion of a virus with a cell membrane. The ...More
    4 hours ago Posted in News
  • Rice University Study Probes Microbe, Virus Co-Evolution
    A Rice University study suggests that researchers planning to use the CRISPR genome-editing system to produce designer gut bacteria may need to account for the dynamic evolution of the microbial immune system. CRISPR is an acquired immune system that allows bacteria and ...More
    3 days ago Posted in News
  • Decision-Making Process of Viruses Could Lead to New Antibiotic Treatments
    Humans face hundreds of decisions every day. But we're not alone. Even the tiniest viruses also make decisions, and scientists are researching how they do so, to help lead to better treatments for some diseases. In a study published Feb. 6 in the journal Nature ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Model Shows How Viruses Enter Intestine
    Using immature stem cells to create a miniature model of the gut in the laboratory, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Pittsburgh have determined how infection-causing enteroviruses enter the intestine. ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover Critical Antiviral Role of Biological Molecule
    Scientists have discovered that a biological molecule important in cell growth (STAT3) is also critical in protecting us against infection - so much so that we would be unable to fight the common flu virus without it. Their discovery could pave the way to the development of ...More
    5 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Nanoparticle Exposure Can Awaken Dormant Viruses in the Lungs
    Nanoparticles from combustion engines can activate viruses that are dormant in in lung tissue cells. This is the result of a study by researchers of Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the German Center for Lung Research (DZL), which has now been published in the ...More
    January 17, 2017 Posted in News
  • Retroviruses are Ancient, Research Finds
    Retroviruses, the family of viruses that includes HIV, are almost half a billion years old, according to new research by scientists at Oxford University. That's several hundred million years older than previously thought and suggests retroviruses have ancient marine ...More
    January 10, 2017 Posted in News
  • Common Viruses Prove Dangerous in Long-Term Care Facility
    A widespread outbreak of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and human metapneumovirus (HMPV) at a long-term dementia care ward infected 73 percent of patients, demonstrating the serious challenges in mitigating the spread of infectious diseases in such settings. The outbreak ...More
    January 9, 2017 Posted in News
  • Waging a More Effective War Against Viral Outbreaks
    HIV, SARS, Ebola, H1N1, Zika, the list of communicable global health threats seems ever growing. And all too often, the limited resources available to fight these diseases must be picked up and redeployed, often haphazardly, as the next new threat emerges. But what if there ...More
    December 15, 2016 Posted in News
  • 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
    November 29, 2016 Posted in News
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