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July 27, 2016

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July 27, 2016

Immune-Enhancing Treatment May Destabilize HIV Reservoirs

July 21, 2016 — Although antiretroviral therapy (ART) can reduce the amount of HIV in the blood to an undetectable level in most chronically infected people, it cannot eliminate reservoirs of HIV that persist in ... read more

Plant-Based Polio Booster Vaccine

July 20, 2016 — Scientists have developed an oral vaccine booster for polio by manipulating plants to express a protein found in the polio virus. Tests with sera from immunized mice show that the booster confers ... read more

July 20, 2016 — Findings of a research team may pave the way for the design of new and more effective antimicrobial surfaces. These insights constitute the basis for guiding the design and development of new ... read more

Chasing Fire: Fever and Human Mobility in an Epidemic

July 19, 2016 — Disease ecologists working in the Amazonian city of Iquitos, Peru, have quantified for the first time how a fever affects human mobility during the outbreak of a mosquito-borne ... read more

July 19, 2016 — The ability to switch disease-causing genes on and off remains a dream for many physicians, research scientists and patients. Researchers have now programmed a virus to transport the necessary ... read more

Is Schizophrenia a Disorder of the Immune System?

July 19, 2016 — Using data from the largest ever genetic study of schizophrenia, researchers have shed light on the role of the immune ... read more

Short Cycle Antiretrovirals: On the Road to Treatment 4 Days a Week

July 19, 2016 — Triple antiretroviral therapy taken just 4 days a week, instead of daily, kept plasma viral load below 50 copies/mL in 96 of 100 patients in the study ANRS ... read more

Defective HIV DNA Can Encode HIV-Related Proteins

July 18, 2016 — Investigators have discovered that cells from HIV-infected people whose virus is suppressed with treatment harbor defective HIV DNA that can nevertheless be transcribed into a template for producing ... read more

July 18, 2016 — Zika virus can infect numerous cell types in the human placenta and amniotic sac, according to researchers who show in a new paper how the virus travels from a pregnant woman to her fetus. They also ... read more

HIV Treatment Keeps Uninfected Partner from Contracting the Virus

July 18, 2016 — Anti-HIV medications suppress the viral load of people living with HIV and provide durable protection against heterosexual transmission found. Researchers found a 93 percent reduction of HIV ... read more

Cancer-Fighting Gene Immunotherapy Shows Promise as Treatment for HIV

July 15, 2016 — Recently discovered potent antibodies can be used to generate a specific type of cell called chimeric antigen receptors, or CARs, that can be used to kill cells infected with HIV-1, new research ... read more

July 15, 2016 — It has a funny name -- coxsackievirus -- but there's nothing funny about how this tiny germ and its close relatives sicken their hosts. Researchers have designed a genetic modification to one ... read more

July 15, 2016 — A new type of HIV drug currently being tested works in an unusual way, scientists have found. They also discovered that when the virus became resistant to early versions of these drugs, it did not do ... read more

July 15, 2016 — The atomic structure of an elusive cold virus linked to severe asthma and respiratory infections in children has been solved by a team of researchers. The findings provide the foundation for future ... read more

July 14, 2016 — Though the West African Ebola outbreak that began in 2013 is now under control, 23 countries remain environmentally suitable for animal-to-human transmission of the Ebola virus. Only seven of these ... read more

July 14, 2016 — An international team of ecologists has identified the bat species with the greatest potential to harbor filoviruses -- a family that includes Ebola virus. The researchers suggest that areas where ... read more

HIV 'Safe Houses' Identified Inside the Body

July 14, 2016 — Researchers have identified cells that provide 'safe houses' for the human immunodeficiency virus during antiretroviral therapy. HIV needs to be "housed" in a cell, a safe haven, ... read more

New Control Strategies Needed for Zika, Other Unexpected Mosquito-Borne Outbreaks

July 14, 2016 — A recent spate of unexpected mosquito-borne disease outbreaks -- most recently the Zika virus, which has swept through parts of the Americas -- have highlighted the need to better understand the ... read more

July 14, 2016 — The major symptom of severe dengue disease is leakage of blood plasma out of small blood vessels, which can lead to shock and death. A study now suggests that the dengue virus protein NS1 can disrupt ... read more

July 14, 2016 — A team of researchers has identified novel therapeutic monoclonal antibody candidates isolated from Zika-infected patients and new strategies for Zika virus diagnostics. A new article describes for ... read more

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