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April 30, 2016

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April 30, 2016

Apr. 14, 2016 — A key mutation in the protein shell of canine parvovirus -- a single amino acid substitution -- plays a major role in the virus' ability to infect hosts of different ... read more

Viruses Hitch a Ride to Greater Infectivity in Insects

Apr. 14, 2016 — Evidence has been found of a previously unknown interaction between viruses. Scientists have discovered evidence of one virus parasitising another, improving its ability to enter, survive and ... read more

Genetic Diversity Helps to Limit Infectious Disease

Apr. 13, 2016 — The idea that host diversity can limit disease outbreaks is not new. For example, crop monocultures in agriculture -- which lack genetic diversity -- can suffer severe disease outbreaks that sweep ... read more

Experts Respond to New Wildlife Health Concern

Apr. 13, 2016 — In response to news of the first confirmed mortality of a Common Loon due to avian malaria in the Northeast, experts have initiated a crowd funding campaign to investigate the scope of the ... read more

Mosquito May Play Key Role in Transmitting Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Southeast

Apr. 12, 2016 — Culex erraticus is more abundant than Culiseta melanura, the study shows. So it may be more important than scientists originally thought in transmitting EEE virus, at least in the Southeast. EEE ... read more

Zika Virus May Now Be Tied to Another Brain Disease

Apr. 11, 2016 — The Zika virus may be associated with an autoimmune disorder that attacks the brain's myelin similar to multiple sclerosis, according to a small ... read more

Apr. 8, 2016 — New research reveals how a plant used in traditional Chinese medicine produces compounds which may help to treat cancer and liver ... read more

Viruses Work Together to Attack Their Hosts

Apr. 8, 2016 — Viruses work in groups to attack host cells more effectively, report scientists. The results of this study also show that natural selection “facilitates the teamwork of viruses in relation to their ... read more

Developing Ways to Study Influenza D Virus

Apr. 8, 2016 — Researchers have found antibodies to the newly discovered influenza D virus in pigs, cattle, horses, goats and sheep, but not poultry. A researcher has proven that the guinea pig can be used as an ... read more

New Survey on American Attitudes Toward Zika Virus Finds Limited Awareness or Concern

Apr. 7, 2016 — A surve finds that three-quarters of Americans who have heard at least a little about the Zika virus are aware that the virus is linked to birth defects in babies born to infected mothers. However, ... read more

Primate Evolution in the Fast Lane

Apr. 7, 2016 — The pace of evolution is typically measured in millions of years, as random, individual mutations accumulate over generations, but researchers have uncovered a new mechanism for mutation in primates ... read more

Apr. 7, 2016 — The CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing platform may need more tweaking before it can be used as an effective antiviral, reports a new study. Researchers who used CRISPR/Cas9 to mutate HIV-1 within cellular DNA ... read more

Apr. 7, 2016 — Innovators have successfully tested a low cost, environmentally-friendly way of destroying the eggs of the mosquito genus that spreads dengue, and likely spreading the Zika virus.The 10-month study, ... read more

Apr. 6, 2016 — A new study of more than 50 samples of Vibrio cholerae isolated from both patients and the environment demonstrates the diversity and resourcefulness of the ... read more

Apr. 6, 2016 — Increasing temperatures will enlarge Europe's seasonal window for the potential spread of mosquito-borne viral disease, expanding the geographic areas at risk for a dengue epidemic to include ... read more

Apr. 5, 2016 — Scientists have established a mouse model for testing of vaccines and therapeutics to battle Zika virus. The model mimics aspects of the infection in ... read more

Apr. 5, 2016 — Two unrelated studies on the Zika virus -- one ruling out a theory for how Zika may be passing through the human placenta and another on using mouse models to trace Zika pathogenesis have just been ... read more

Apr. 5, 2016 — Biologists have found a molecular explanation for myxoma virus/rabbit coevolution in Australia. The study of myxoma virus — related to the smallpox virus — may give insight to pathogen ... read more

Apr. 5, 2016 — An international scientific team has identified and characterized a novel virus behind massive die-offs of farmed tilapia in Israel and Ecuador, which threatens the $7.5 billion global tilapia ... read more

Viruses Cause Bacteria to Produce Pink Pigments

Apr. 5, 2016 — Plants use certain color pigments in order to convert light into energy by way of photosynthesis. They allow plants to gather light energy. This also works in a similar way for microbes, for instance ... read more

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