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Zika virus: 5 things to know
A concise 'Five things to know about.... Zika virus infection' article for physicians highlights key points about this newly emerged virus in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2016-02-08)
Research provides clues to how Zika virus breaches the placental barrier
New research reveals that in pregnant women, Zika virus infection damages certain cells that affect placental formation and function. (2016-10-13)
Herpes remains active even when no symptoms appear
A large percentage of people carry the herpes virus -- and although it mostly seems dormant, Australian National University virologists have found our cells are having to fight the virus constantly. (2014-07-28)
The ignored virus that causes liver cancer
The FDA declared hepatitis G non-harmful in 1997 but researchers in Saudi Arabia, writing in the International Journal of Immunological Studies present evidence to suggest that it causes liver disease and cancer. (2011-08-22)
Genome circularization and RNA virus replication
As featured on the cover of the August 15 issue of G&D, an Argentinian research team, led by Dr. (2006-07-31)
Modifying a live virus in a vaccine to be just strong enough
By genetically tweaking the constituent live virus, scientists have created a vaccine against influenza in which the virus is capable of activating the immune system but cannot replicate in healthy cells -- an approach that may become more widely used for generating live virus vaccines adapted to other viruses. (2016-12-01)
NIH scientists track Zika virus transmission in mice
National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists have developed a mouse model to study Zika virus transmitted sexually from males to females, as well as vertically from a pregnant female to her fetus. (2017-08-03)
Two papers win the Lancet's Paper of The Year 2005
Two papers on the characterization of the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic virus have won The Lancet's Paper of the Year 2005. (2006-02-23)
Ebola map may help prepare for future outbreaks
To be prepared for new Ebola virus disease cases, it is fundamental to start by identifying the range of the virus and the regions that are more favorable for its propagation. (2016-06-07)
Origin and diversity of novel avian influenza A H7N9 viruses causing human infection
The Lancet today publishes new research from scientists based in China, providing the first comprehensive genetic analysis of the H7N9 virus, and revealing further details of the virus's origin and evolutionary history. (2013-05-01)
Bee disease a mystery
Scientists are one step closer to understanding the recent demise of billions of honey bees after making an important discovery about the transmission of a common bee virus. (2008-06-29)
Cell receptor could allow measles virus to target tumors
Canadian researchers have discovered that a tumor cell marker is a receptor for measles virus, suggesting the possible use of measles virus to help fight cancer. (2011-08-25)
Silence is golden -- Suppressing host response to Ebola virus may help to control infection
The Ebola virus causes a severe, often fatal illness when it infects the human body. (2017-03-22)
A speedy, sensitive, and low-cost detection test for Zika virus
A fast, highly sensitive, and inexpensive new test not only detects Zika virus in mosquitoes and human bodily fluids, but can also distinguish between African and Asian strains -- a result that could improve efforts to more effectively track the virus' spread. (2017-05-03)
Insight into HIV immunity may lead to vaccine
The latest insights into immunity to HIV could help to develop a vaccine to build antibodies' defenses against the disease, a University of Melbourne, Australia, study has found. (2011-05-06)
Complete clearance of hepatitis B is rare -- especially in women and people of Asian descent
Researchers at several different US sites have found that less than one-third of 1% of patients infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) get rid of the virus per year, and overall, only 1.2% of patients finally get rid of it. (2016-07-06)
Going viral: Insights on Zika
Understanding the full history the Zika virus along with new developments is key to getting a vaccine and medicine to prevent and relieve Zika infections. (2016-10-13)
Protein identified that turns off HIV-fighting T cells
In HIV-infected patients, the body's immune system is unable to fight off the virus. (2008-11-10)
Researchers identify potential Zika virus target
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 pregnancy. (2017-05-04)
Tobacco plant refuses cowpea mosaic virus
During research carried out in the Netherlands, Marilia Santos Silva discovered that some tobacco plants die if a virus infects them, whereas others survive. (2004-05-07)
Zika antibodies from infected patient thwart infection in mice
Researchers have identified neutralizing antibodies against Zika virus from an infected patient that fully protected mice from infection, adding to the current arsenal of antibodies in development for much needed antiviral therapies and vaccines. (2016-12-14)
No significant genetic difference in viruses responsible for two major Hong Kong SARS outbreaks
The possibility that two different strains of the SARS virus were responsible for the Prince of Wales Hospital and Amoy Gardens outbreaks in Hong Kong earlier this year is disputed by authors of a research letter in this week's issue of The Lancet. (2003-11-27)
New drug targets may lead to effective Ebola treatments
There are no approved treatments or preventatives against Ebola virus disease, but investigators have now designed peptides that mimic the virus' N-trimer, a highly conserved region of a protein that's used to gain entry inside cells. (2014-11-13)
Structure of Zika virus revealed
A new study reveals the structure of the Zika virus, shedding light on its similarities and differences compared to viruses of the same family. (2016-03-31)
Research reveals further progress toward AIDS vaccine
Researchers from Thomas Jefferson University are one step closer to developing a vaccine against the AIDS disease. (2009-12-14)
Researchers inhibit ebola virus
The incurable Ebola virus has long been feared due to its high mortality rate and danger of infection. (2017-12-29)
Nanoparticle 'smart bomb' targets drug delivery to cancer cells
Researchers at North Carolina State University have successfully modified a common plant virus to deliver drugs only to specific cells inside the human body, without affecting surrounding tissue. (2009-02-12)
Potential new drug target to combat Kaposi's sarcoma
Research from the University of Leeds has identified how the virus which causes Kaposi's sarcoma replicates and spreads -- opening a door to a possible new treatment for the disease. (2010-05-06)
A single mutation in Zika virus results in microcephaly
One single genetic change, likely acquired in 2013, gave the Zika virus the ability to cause severe fetal microcephaly, researchers report. (2017-09-28)
The Uukuniemi virus helps to explain the infection mechanism of bunyaviruses
The Uukuniemi virus is the first bunyavirus whose structure researchers have been able to determine. (2008-02-15)
Experimental drug against hepatitis C slows down Zika virus infection in mice
Virologists from KU Leuven, Belgium, have shown that an experimental antiviral drug against hepatitis C slows down the development of Zika in mice. (2016-05-17)
Antibodies from an Ebola survivor reveal a potential new vaccine target
Researchers have harvested a robust collection of antibodies from a survivor of the recent Ebola outbreak, and one subset of antibodies was found to be particularly potent for neutralizing the virus in mice. (2016-02-18)
K-State researcher finds 1918 flu resulted in current lineage of H1N1 swine influenza viruses
In 1918 a human influenza virus known as the Spanish flu spread through the central United States while a swine respiratory disease occurred concurrently. (2009-04-30)
Major step forwards for vaccine against cervical cancer
Dutch researcher Laura Bungener has developed a vaccine against cervical cancer. (2004-12-16)
Previous exposure to flaviviruses increases effects of Zika
Prior infection with dengue or West Nile virus can enhance the effects of Zika infection, a new study using human samples tested in mice finds. (2017-03-30)
Researchers solve the structure of the Zika virus helicase
A team led by researchers from Tianjin University has solved the structure of the Zika virus helicase, which is a key target for antiviral development. (2016-05-20)
Novel therapeutic agent for Tamiflu-resistant pH1N1 influenza virus discovered
Researchers at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland FIMM, University of Helsinki, with their collaborators have shown that first Tamiflu resistant pandemic influenza pH1N1 viruses have emerged in Finland. (2014-04-24)
Structure of salt lake archaeal virus solved in Finland
Researchers at the Finnish Center of Excellence in Virus Research at University of Helsinki's Institute of Biotechnology have solved the structure of archaeal virus SH1 to the resolution of one nanometer. (2008-05-27)
Zika virus tested in brain precursor cells
Zika virus preferentially kills developing brain cells, a new study reports. (2016-04-11)
Liquid DNA behind virus attacks
Viruses can convert their DNA from solid to fluid form, which explains how viruses manage to eject DNA into the cells of their victims. (2014-10-06)
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