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May 28, 2017

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May 28, 2017

Undetected Ebola Infection in International Healthcare Workers Very Unlikely

May 16, 2017 — Undiagnosed Ebola virus infection was probably very rare in international workers who were deployed during the 2013-2015 outbreak of the virus in West Africa, despite mild and asymptomatic cases of ... read more

May 16, 2017 — An international team of researchers is now one step closer to eliminating a deadly parasitic disease responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of people around the world every ... read more

Urine Test Could Detect Zika Virus Quickly, Protect Unborn Babies

May 15, 2017 — There is no vaccine. No medication. And, no quick, reliable test for Zika virus … until now. Babies born with the virus often have lifelong, devastating birth defects. Testing for the virus ... read more

Virus Study Targets Infection Linked to Birth Defects

May 15, 2017 — Fresh insights into how a common virus replicates could pave the way for new therapies to stop its spread. Scientists have discovered a key molecule linked to Human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection, ... read more

May 11, 2017 — In their quest to replicate themselves, viruses have gotten awfully good at tricking human cells into pumping out viral proteins. A team of researchers has now uncovered the structural details that ... read more

Can Crab Shells Provide a 'Green' Solution to Malaria?

May 11, 2017 — A non-toxic mixture of chitin-rich crab shell powder and nanosized silver particles could be an environmentally friendly way of curbing the spread of disease-carrying mosquitoes, and malaria in ... read more

May 10, 2017 — Preclinical research results in animal models demonstrate favorable outcomes in developing a vaccine against the mosquito-borne Zika ... read more

May 9, 2017 — Transmission of mosquito-borne diseases, such as Zika, occur at lower temperatures than previously thought, a recently released study shows. The study used data to create a model showing the ... read more

Hepatitis C Virus: Possible New Approach to Battling Infections

May 8, 2017 — An international study has shone light on the way the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) hijacks the communication systems in the host cells it infects, uncovering potential new therapeutic targets for the ... read more

How Flu Viruses Hijack Human Cells

May 5, 2017 — Much is known about flu viruses, but little is understood about how they reproduce inside human host cells, spreading infection. Now, a research team has identified a mechanism by which influenza A, ... read more

Dye Makes Flu Germs Visible to the Naked Eye

May 5, 2017 — Researchers have discovered a way to make influenza visible to the naked eye, by engineering dye molecules to target a specific enzyme of the ... read more

May 4, 2017 — Searching for a way to thwart Zika, scientists have discovered an antibody with a potent ability to neutralize the ... read more

Potential Zika Virus Target

May 4, 2017 — New research provides insights into why infection with Zika virus after birth generally causes only mild symptoms, whereas devastating fetal malformations can develop when infection occurs during ... read more

Computer Model Developed to Assess Risk of a Zika Epidemic in Real-Time

May 3, 2017 — A new model for assessing real-time risk of a Zika virus epidemic in the United States is described in new ... read more

Elephant Herpes: Super-Shedders Endanger Young Animals

May 3, 2017 — Elephants have species-specific herpesviruses, which frequently lead to death, especially in the young. Researchers have traced the infection transmission route of different elephant calves, ... read more

Researchers Advance Low-Cost, Low-Tech Zika Virus Surveillance Tool

May 3, 2017 — Using loop-mediated isothermal amplification, or LAMP, researchers found that they could easily detect Zika virus in human and mosquito samples from the United States, Brazil and ... read more

Cancer-Causing Virus Masters Cell's Replication, Immortality

May 2, 2017 — Researchers detail how the Epstein-Barr virus manages to persist quietly inside the immune system's B cells in as many as 90 percent of adults. Should something go awry however, the virus can ... read more

Insights to Redirect Leading HIV Cure Strategy

May 2, 2017 — New research has provided the first evidence that viruses and hosts share highly similar regulatory sequences in their promoters -- the initiation sequences of human genes that code for functional ... read more

The Ocean Detectives

Apr. 28, 2017 — Three new groups of viruses that attack microorganisms from the archaeal marine group, Euryarchaeota have been discovered by scientists. In all, 26 viruses previously unknown to science were ... read more

Zika Virus Persists in the Central Nervous System and Lymph Nodes of Rhesus Monkeys

Apr. 28, 2017 — Zika virus can persist in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), lymph nodes and colorectal tissue of infected rhesus monkeys for weeks after the virus has been cleared from blood, urine and mucosal secretions, ... read more

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