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February 11, 2016

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February 11, 2016

Cell Culture Experiments Reveal Potent Antiviral Activity of Cistus Incanus Extracts Against HIV and Ebola

Feb. 2, 2016 — Scientists have discovered that extracts of the medicinal plant Cistus incanus (Ci) prevent human immunodeficiency viruses from infecting cells. Active antiviral ingredients in the extracts inhibit ... read more

Virologists Investigating Novel Applications for Viruses

Jan. 26, 2016 — Viruses can be classified in a completely new way based on viral structures, new research suggests. A better understanding of how viruses work can help open up new applications for viruses in the ... read more

A Defense Protein That Causes Cancer

Jan. 22, 2016 — Cancer is caused by the growth of an abnormal cell which harbours DNA mutations. A few years ago, scientists have identified an important mutagen which lies in our own cells: APOBEC, a protein that ... read more

Jan. 21, 2016 — Researchers have isolated human monoclonal antibodies from Ebola survivors which can neutralize multiple species of the ... read more

‘Homing’ Molecule Discovery Could Help Speed-Up Fight Against Flu

Jan. 21, 2016 — Scientists have discovered a new molecule which could help better target and kick-start the body's natural fight against common infections like ... read more

Jan. 21, 2016 — Scientists have developed a new viral tool that dramatically expands scientists' ability to probe the activity and circuitry of brain cells, or neurons, in the mouse brain. These findings ... read more

Immunity Genes Could Protect Some from E. Coli While Others Fall Ill

Jan. 19, 2016 — When a child comes home from preschool with a stomach bug that threatens to sideline the whole family for days, why do some members of the family get sick while others are unscathed? According to a ... read more

Safe to Cuddle With Pets While Home With a Cold or Flu

Jan. 13, 2016 — An infectious disease expert, while stopping short of actually prescribing in-home “pet therapy” for colds or flu, says that if having your companion by your side makes you feel better, go right ... read more

Plague-Riddled Prairie Dogs a Model for Infectious Disease Spread

Jan. 13, 2016 — Sporadic outbreaks of plague among black-tailed prairie dogs is an ideal model for the study of infectious zoonotic disease, say biologists. Plague doesn't usually kill people these days, but ... read more

Jan. 11, 2016 — Insect oil is a possible new source of the healthy omega-3 fatty acid. Insects make fatty acids by nature and can live on organic waste. A team of researchers examines which insects can best be used ... read more

Gene Editing Technique Improves Vision in Rats With Inherited Blindness

Jan. 8, 2016 — A new technique that has the potential to treat inherited diseases by removing genetic defects has been shown for the first time to hinder retinal degeneration in rats with a type of inherited ... read more

New NDV-H5NX Avian Influenza Vaccine Has Potential for Mass Vaccination of Poultry

Jan. 7, 2016 — In the course of three months, researchers were able to develop and test a new vaccine that protects chickens and other poultry from multiple strains of avian influenza found in the U.S., including ... read more

Map Shows Hotspots for Bat-Human Virus Transmission Risk

Jan. 4, 2016 — West Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia are most at risk from bat viruses 'spilling over' into humans resulting in new emerging diseases, according to a new global map. The map ... read more

Creating Safer Polio Vaccine Strains for the Post-Eradication Era

Jan. 4, 2016 — While the goal of polio virus eradication is in sight, there are concerns about post-eradication manufacturing and stockpiling vaccine stores containing live virus that could escape and repopulate ... read more

Dec. 22, 2015 — Shells of cowpea mosaic virus inhaled into a lung tumor or injected into ovarian, colon or breast tumors, not only triggered the immune system in mice to wipe out the tumors, but provided systemic ... read more

Dec. 18, 2015 — A German-Dutch team has succeeded in immunizing dromedaries against the MERS virus. As the camels appear to be the major reservoir of the virus, the vaccine should also reduce the risk of future ... read more

Dec. 18, 2015 — A new discovery could open the door to one day treat or prevent diseases caused by West Nile virus and Dengue virus infections. Together the viruses are the cause of tens of millions of infections ... read more

Dec. 16, 2015 — A drug-like molecule can activate innate immunity and induce genes to control infection in a range of RNA viruses, including West Nile, dengue, hepatitis C, influenza A, respiratory syncytial, Nipah, ... read more

Dec. 16, 2015 — New reports on the modular construction of certain types of protein molecules are the latest in a series of advances in protein structure prediction and design. Because naturally occurring proteins ... read more

Dec. 15, 2015 — A distinctive pattern of gene expression that distinguishes people with a viral infection from those with a bacterial infection has been identified by a team of immunologists and informatics experts. ... read more

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