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July 24, 2016

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July 24, 2016

July 8, 2016 — The resurgence of Zika virus has raised anxieties about the spread of infectious disease by mosquitoes; climate change and species invasions are strong themes on the minds of infectious disease ... read more

July 8, 2016 — An international group of researchers has pinpointed the sensor plants use to sense electric fields. A beneficial side effect: their work could contribute to the understanding of how the Ebola virus ... read more

July 7, 2016 — In the study, researchers worked with a species of Old World monkeys, rhesus macaques to reproduce the trial results of RV144, the only HIV vaccine that has been tested and shown to reduce the rate ... read more

July 7, 2016 — Chewed bark, leaves and fruit discarded by mountain gorillas provide a simple way to test the endangered apes for viruses without disturbing them, according to scientists studying mountain gorillas ... read more

'Origami' Is Reshaping DNA's Future

July 6, 2016 — Ten years after Paul Rothemund knitted tiny smiley faces from strands of DNA, the field of DNA origami is coming of ... read more

Distinct Differences in Structure, Features of Retroviruses

July 5, 2016 — In the most comprehensive study of its kind, researchers report that most types of retroviruses have distinct, non-identical virus ... read more

Potential Phage Therapy Virus Massively Alters RNA Metabolism During Infection

July 5, 2016 — Using metabolomic and transcriptomic analyses, a research group reveals that a bacteriophage that infects the opportunistic bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa, metabolizes host RNA to replicate itself ... read more

July 1, 2016 — Researchers have confirmed that a benign bacterium called Wolbachia pipientis can completely block transmission of Zika virus in Aedes aegypti. Scientists say the bacteria could present a 'novel ... read more

June 30, 2016 — Aedes aegypti mosquitoes transmit dengue, chikungunya, and Zika viruses. A study reports a new technique that could make one approach to mosquito control -- using Wolbachia bacteria that reduce the ... read more

Towards a Cure for Herpesviruses: Targeting Infection With CRISPR/Cas9

June 30, 2016 — Most adults carry multiple herpesviruses. Following the initial acute infection, these viruses establish life-long infections in their hosts and cause cold sores, keratitis, genital herpes, shingles, ... read more

June 29, 2016 — Anxiety over the Zika virus is growing as the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro approach. To better diagnose and track the disease, scientists are now reporting a new $2 test that in the lab can ... read more

June 28, 2016 — A math professor has developed a scientific model to address the various ways the Zika virus proliferates. The study reveals that mosquito control should remain the most important mitigation method ... read more

June 28, 2016 — The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) and collaborators at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School have completed a promising preclinical study of two Zika ... read more

June 28, 2016 — The rapid development of a safe and effective vaccine to prevent the Zika virus (ZIKV) is a global priority, as infection in pregnant women has been shown to lead to fetal microcephaly and other ... read more

Five New Confirmed Microcephaly Cases in Colombia May Be Harbingers of Epidemic

June 28, 2016 — Just when it seemed that missing cases of microcephaly in Colombia were straining the credibility of the Zika virus' connection to the birth defects, the latest report from Colombia includes ... read more

Antibodies to Dengue May Alter Course of Zika Virus Infection

June 27, 2016 — Scientists find cross-reactivity that may influence plans for Zika and dengue vaccine ... read more

New Doubts on Zika as Cause of Microcephaly

June 24, 2016 — Brazil's microcephaly epidemic continues to pose a mystery -- if Zika is the culprit, why are there no similar epidemics in other countries also hit hard by the virus? In Brazil, the ... read more

June 23, 2016 — Rabies virus (RABV) transmitted by dogs is responsible for an estimated 60,000 human deaths per year, especially in Asia and Africa. A study now reports that six commercially available rapid rabies ... read more

June 22, 2016 — Thousands of West Nile virus survivors live with neurological problems such as memory loss that last for years. New research shows that these long-term problems may be due to the patient's own ... read more

June 22, 2016 — Direct transmission of cancer among marine animals may be much more common than once thought, new research suggests. The cancer, known as disseminated neoplasia, is a leukemia-like disease that ... read more

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