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New online, open access journal focuses on microbial genome announcements
The American Society for Microbiology is launching a new online-only, open access journal, Genome Announcements, which will focus on reports of microbial genome sequences. (2012-09-24)
UMBI licenses HIV rat to Harlan
The patent for the first HIV rat-a laboratory model expected to speed AIDS research-has been licensed to the laboratory animal services company Harlan Sprague Dawley, Inc. (2002-10-09)
Researchers find avian virus may be harmful to cancer cells
Researchers have discovered that a genetically engineered Newcastle disease virus, which harms chickens but not humans, kills prostate cancer cells of all kinds, including hormone-resistant cancer cells. (2013-04-08)
Breakthrough opens new avenues for hep C vaccine
Hopes for an effective vaccine and treatment against the potentially fatal hepatitis C virus (HCV) have received a major boost following the discovery of two 'Achilles' heels' within the virus. (2011-09-13)
Study: Viral reactivation a likely link between stress and heart disease
A new study could provide the link that scientists have been looking for to confirm that reactivation of a latent herpes virus is a cause of some heart problems. (2013-01-22)
Tips from the Journals of the American Society for Microbiology
This tip sheet includes summaries about a potential treatment for patients with Hepatitis B, engineered bacteria that detect pollutants, and antibodies that treat severe E. coli infections. (2002-10-17)
Traits link viruses from common cold to HIV
University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists have found startling evidence that broad classes of viruses share functional traits that suggest they all evolved from a common ancestor. (2002-03-25)
Oncostatin M may be a promising drug for treating viral hepatitis and liver cancer
The Department of Gene Therapy and Hepatology of the Center for Applied Medical Research of the University of Navarra has identified a molecule as possibly effective for improving the treatment of chronic hepatitis and liver cancer. (2009-02-09)
Emory Vaccine Center-India partnership sheds light on Dengue immune response
A recent study published in the Journal of Virology, by joint efforts among scientists from Emory, India and Thailand, sheds novel insights on the properties of a class of immune cells known as CD8 T cells, which are involved in fighting dengue virus infection. (2016-10-20)
New coronavirus inhibitor exhibits antiviral activity by blocking viral hijacking of host
Since the SARS epidemic in 2003, coronaviruses have been on the watch list for emerging pathogens, and the ongoing outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) confirmed that they represent a serious threat. (2014-05-29)
Additional evidence for a viral contribution to depression
Researchers have discovered a new detection method for Borna disease virus (BDV) infection using BDV circulating immune complexes. (2001-06-17)
Flu can bide time in icy limbo before re-emerging, BGSU biologist states
It sounds like the stuff of a campy '50s horror movie ( (2006-11-27)
Live vaccines more effective against horse herpes virus
Cornell University researcher Klaus Osterrieder announces preliminary research that shows vaccines containing weakened live viruses, called a modified live vaccine (MLV), are more effective against equine herpes than other more widely used vaccines. (2005-05-26)
Antibodies critical for fighting West Nile Virus infection
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that immune cells called B cells and the antibodies they produce play a critical early role in defending the body against West Nile Virus. (2003-01-29)
Wistar emeritus professor Stanley A. Plotkin, M.D., elected to Institute of Medicine
The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies has announced the election of 64 new members, including Stanley A. (2005-10-25)
Cancer cells show rewired, fragmented microRNA networks
This new study shows that in healthy cells molecules of microRNA work together in single, well-connected networks that resemble a family tree with dozens to hundreds of members. (2010-05-02)
UCSF symposium considers biomedical approaches to HIV/AIDS prevention
Use of antiretrovirals for HIV prevention in uninfected individuals at high risk for infection, herpes suppression, male circumcision and the successful treatment of HIV-infected individuals with antiretrovirals are some of the approaches that will be under discussion at the symposium. (2009-02-12)
Researchers identify key peptides that could lead to a universal vaccine for influenza
Researchers at the University of Southampton, University of Oxford and Retroscreen Virology Ltd have discovered a series of peptides, found on the internal structures of influenza viruses that could lead to the development of a universal vaccine for influenza, one that gives people immunity against all strains of the disease, including seasonal, avian, and swine flu. (2012-01-31)
Researchers attack HIV's final defenses before drug-resistant mutations emerge
With a new $3.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, the University of Missouri is leading a team of researchers who want to stay a step ahead of HIV by finding new pathways for shutting down the virus. (2013-01-22)
Female sex hormones play a vital role in defense against sexually transmitted diseases
Charu Kaushic, assistant professor and supervisor of the studies, says the implication of this work is quite significant. (2005-02-18)
NIH awards $11.3 million grant to study biomolecular communication
An $11.3 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health's Center of Biomedical Research Excellence will support Nebraska researchers as they investigate how the human body's cells communicate to function properly -- and how pathogens and environmental factors can disrupt that communication to cause disease. (2016-08-31)
The protein Srebp2 drives cholesterol formation in prion-infected neuronal cells
The regulating protein Srebp2 drives cholesterol formation, which prions need for their propagation, in prion-infected neuronal cells. (2009-11-18)
More than 3 million children under 5 years old will die from infectious diseases next year
A new report outlines the alarming burden of pediatric infectious diseases across the world. (2016-11-03)
First HIV rat seen as best model for human studies
Scientists at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (UMBI) have engineered laboratory rats for the first time to contain the genome of the AIDS virus HIV-1..-- With more people living with AIDS than ever before, a new rat model will benefit researchers studying the pathogenesis and the development of new drugs to treating AIDS and related diseases. (2001-08-02)
Early treatment is key to combating hepatitis C virus
Canadian researchers have shown that patients who receive early treatment for hepatitis C virus within the first months following an infection, develop a rapid poly-functional immune response against HCV similar to when infection is erradicted spontaneously, according to a new study published in the Journal of Virology. (2008-08-08)
Kissing may spread human herpes virus 8, the cause of Kaposi's sarcoma, among men
Most people do not think of kissing as a way of spreading serious sexually transmitted diseases. (2000-11-07)
Swine flu spread was much wider than first thought, scientists say
The swine flu outbreak of winter 2009-2010 was much more widespread than was previously realized, research suggests. (2011-06-08)
Asymptomatic carriage of M. pneumoniae common in children
The bacterium M. pneumoniae is carried at high rates in the upper respiratory tracts of healthy children and usual diagnostic tests cannot differentiate between such asymptomatic carriage and actual respiratory tract infection, according to a study by Dutch researchers published in this week's PLOS Medicine. (2013-05-14)
Study finds HIV patients who fail to control the virus with antiretroviral therapy still show significant benefit from continuing treatments
Many patients continue to derive immunologic and clinical benefit from antiretroviral therapy even after drug resistance emerges according to researchers from the University of California, San Francisco. (2001-02-14)
Institute of Medicine elects Gladstone Director Warner Greene
The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies today announced that it has elected Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology Director and Senior Investigator Warner C. (2005-10-24)
Progress toward creating broad-spectrum antiviral
UW researchers working in collaboration with Kineta Inc. and the University of Texas at Galveston have shown that making a drug-like molecule to turn on innate immunity can induce genes to control infection in several -known viruses. (2015-12-17)
Study clears important hurdle towards developing an HIV vaccine
An international team of researchers has demonstrated a way of overcoming one of the major stumbling blocks that has prevented the development of a vaccine against HIV: the ability to generate immune cells that stay in circulation long enough to respond to and stop virus infection. (2017-09-13)
Immerge BioTherapeutics announces identification of PERV receptor
This week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from Immerge BioTherapeutics, Inc., announced they have identified the receptors that are used by porcine endogenous retrovirus (PERV) to enter and infect a cell. (2003-05-26)
Big data analysis identifies prognostic RNA markers in a common form of breast cancer
An analysis that integrates three large sets of genomic data available through The Cancer Genome Atlas has identified 37 RNA molecules that might predict survival in patients with the most common form of breast cancer. (2013-04-29)
Study details how dengue infection hits harder the second time around
One of the most vexing challenges in the battle against dengue virus, a potentially fatal mosquito-borne virus, is that getting infected once can put people at greater risk for a more severe infection down the road. (2011-12-21)
A global breakthrough in the study of a protein linked to the spread of viruses
Professor Denis Archambault of the department of biological sciences of Université du Québec à Montréal, and doctoral student Andrea Corredor Gomez have made a major discovery in the field of molecular biology. (2010-01-05)
York mathematician probes geometric route to combat viruses
A mathematician at the University of York has been awarded a Research Leadership Award of more than £700,000 by the Leverhulme Trust to study the geometry of viruses. (2007-04-02)
Portland State U research shows some viruses can infect even after major mutations
Portland State University researchers have found that only about half the genes in a specific virus affecting single cell organisms is needed to infect a host. (2017-03-22)
Cause of hepatitis A virulence pinpointed
NIAID researchers have located 2 genes that give hepatitis A virus its virulent properties. (2002-08-08)
CWRU researchers discover byproducts from bacteria awaken dormant T-cells and HIV viruses
Dental and medical researchers from Case Western Reserve University discovered that byproducts of bacteria in gum disease, called metabolic small chain fatty acid, can work together to wake up HIV in dormant T-cells and cause the virus to replicate. (2015-01-05)
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