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February 24, 2017

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February 24, 2017

Contact Tracing and Targeted Insecticide Spraying Can Curb Dengue Outbreaks

Feb. 23, 2017 — Contact tracing -- a process of identifying everyone who has come into contact with those infected by a particular disease -- combined with targeted, indoor spraying of insecticide can greatly reduce ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — Viruses propagate by infecting a host cell and reproducing inside. This not only affects humans and animals, but bacteria as well. This type of virus is called bacteriophage. They carry so called ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — An international team of scientists used an X-ray laser to determine the structure of an insect virus’s crystalline protein ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — A mutation that impacts changes in the shape of an essential viral protein may influence the infectivity of West Nile and other viruses in the flavivirus family, according to a new ... read more

Study Shows How the Predator Brain Organizes the Hunt

Feb. 15, 2017 — The central nucleus of the amygdala is the brain region responsible for articulating the different skills involved in pursuing and killing prey, new research shows. The results of this research break ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — In an effort to one day eliminate the need for an annual flu shot, a group of researchers is exploring the surface of influenza viruses, which are covered by a protein called “hemagglutinin” ... read more

Plant-Made Virus Shells Could Deliver Drugs Directly to Cancer Cells

Feb. 15, 2017 — Viruses are extremely efficient at targeting and delivering cargo to cells. Researchers report they have harnessed this well-honed ability -- minus the part that makes us sick -- to develop ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — Ebola is one of the world's most virulent diseases, though rodent species such as guinea pigs, rats and mice are not normally susceptible to it. However, through repeated infection of a host ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — The protein which helps the sperm and egg fuse together in sexual reproduction are part of a larger family of proteins that helps other cells bind together to create larger organs, and which also ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — Scientists have used high-intensity X-ray pulses to determine the structure of the crystalline protein envelope of an insect virus. The tiny viruses with their crystal casing are by far the smallest ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — Approximately 98 percent of all adults are infected with the Epstein-Barr virus. In rare cases, an infection with this virus causes cancer. Scientists have now discovered that a component of the ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — Scientists have discovered why the green peach aphid (Myzus persicae) is one of the most destructive pests to many of our most important crops. Their research will inform industry and research ... read more

Genetics of Both Virus and Patient Work Together to Influence the Course of HIV Infection

Feb. 9, 2017 — Viral and human genetics together account for about one third of the differences in disease progression rates seen among people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), according to new ... read more

Feb. 9, 2017 — Scientists have applied rational crystal design to create protein crystals with extended porous network to accumulate exogenous molecules inside living cells. This work lays a foundation for ... read more

Feb. 1, 2017 — A new study shows that the number of vampire bats, which transmit rabies and are a concern for livestock breeders, may be increasing in Brazil and the Americas along with growth in the populations of ... read more

Migrating Birds May Bring Bird Flu to North America

Jan. 31, 2017 — The highly pathogenic influenza strain currently infecting wild birds and domestic poultry in several European countries could be transmitted to birds in North America as migratory flyways of some ... read more

Why Only Some People Develop Life-Threatening Dengue Infections

Jan. 31, 2017 — After contracting dengue fever once, certain people who encounter the virus again develop much more severe infections. New research identifies an immunological signature that could help identify and ... read more

Researchers Identify Mechanism in Chikungunya Virus That Controls Infection, Severity

Jan. 31, 2017 — Researchers have identified a mechanism by which the chikungunya virus infects healthy cells and controls how severe the disease it causes will be, a mechanism they believe can be found in a number ... read more

Recent Upsurge of A(H7N9) Flu Cases in China

Jan. 30, 2017 — At present, the most immediate threat to EU citizens is to those living or visiting influenza A(H7N9)-affected areas in China concludes the updated rapid risk assessment. Caution should be taken by ... read more

Scientists Develop New Flu Vaccines for Dogs

Jan. 26, 2017 — Just like humans, dogs can catch the flu. Two new vaccines for canine influenza could curb the spread of flu in shelters and kennels and prevent the possible transmission of a dog flu virus to ... read more

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