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  • 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
    6 days ago 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
    1 week ago 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
  • Structure of Human Astrovirus Could Lead to Antiviral Therapies, Vaccines
    Human astroviruses infect nearly everyone during childhood, causing diarrhea, vomiting, and fever. For most people, it's not a serious disease, but structural biologist Rebecca DuBois saw how devastating it can be when she worked at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. ...More
    November 21, 2016 Posted in News
  • Scientists Reveal How a Common Virus Triggers Blood Cancer
    Scientists at the University of Sussex, trying to uncover how the common Epstein-Barr virus causes blood cancer in adults and children, have discovered how the virus takes control of two genes involved in cancer development so it can switch them on or off. ...More
    November 10, 2016 Posted in News
  • 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
    October 11, 2016 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
    October 3, 2016 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
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