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February 15, 2019

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February 15, 2019

Human Antiviral 'GS-441524' Shows Great Promise Against Infectious Disease in Cats

Feb. 13, 2019 — The emergence of exotic diseases such as Ebola and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in people has prompted intensive research into new drug treatments, and this is indirectly bringing benefit ... read more

Viral Communications Hacking Boosts Leishmania Infections

Feb. 7, 2019 — New research has found that a virus infecting the Leishmania parasite spreads by exploiting a mechanism used for cell-to-cell communication, a discovery that could pave the way to new vaccines ... read more

New Anti-CRISPR Proteins Discovered in Soil and Human Gut

Feb. 5, 2019 — Scientists have found four new anti-CRISPR proteins that are distributed across different environments. The new study suggests that some anti-CRISPR proteins are more widespread in nature than ... read more

HIV-1 Protein Suppresses Immune Response More Broadly Than Thought

Feb. 5, 2019 — Scientists have revealed how a protein produced by HIV-1 plays a broader role in suppressing the immune system's response to infection than previously ... read more

Diversity in the CD4 Receptor Protects Chimpanzees from Infection by AIDS-Like Viruses

Feb. 4, 2019 — Medical researchers have found that the CD4 surface protein, which is used by HIV and SIV as the receptor to enter immune cells, is highly variable among wild chimpanzees. Understanding how these ... read more

Heat Waves, Food Insecurity Due to Climate Change May Weaken Immune Systems

Feb. 4, 2019 — Heat waves can reduce the body's immune response to flu, according to new research. The results have implications for how climate change may affect the future of vaccinations and nutrition. ... read more

Genome Structure of Malaria Parasites Linked to Virulence

Feb. 4, 2019 — An international research has found that malaria parasite genomes are shaped by parasite-specific gene families, and that this genome organization strongly correlates with the parasite's ... read more

The Web Meets Genomics: A DNA Search Engine for Microbes

Feb. 4, 2019 — Microbes are the most common and diverse organisms on the planet. A new search engine, called BIGSI, allows scientists to search public microbial DNA data for specific genes and mutations. This could ... read more

Protecting Those on the Frontline from Ebola

Feb. 2, 2019 — Online training has increased the knowledge of health care workers about effective prevention of Ebola up to 19 percent and reduced critical errors to 2.3 percent in a small cohort. These findings ... read more

An Unexpected Mode of Action for an Antibody

Jan. 31, 2019 — Visualizing how some patients successfully fought off deadly coronaviruses could pave the way to combat these respiratory infections, new research ... read more

Jan. 31, 2019 — In a context of overuse of insecticides, which leads to the selection of resistant mosquitoes, it is already known that this resistance to insecticides affects interactions between mosquitoes and the ... read more

Jan. 29, 2019 — The salivary glands of some tick species could become important research tools for studying how viruses are transmitted from ticks to mammals, and for developing preventive medical countermeasures. ... read more

Jan. 29, 2019 — An engineered virus kills cancer cells more effectively than another virus currently used in treatments, according to ... read more

Whopping Big Viruses Prey on Human Gut Bacteria

Jan. 28, 2019 — Sequencing gut microbiomes typically turns up new microbes and other denizens of the intestinal tract, including viruses or phages that prey on these microbes. A new study has discovered the largest ... read more

For Endangered Lemurs, Internet Fame Has a Dark Side

Jan. 28, 2019 — A ring-tailed lemur named Sefo became an internet sensation in 2016 when a video of him demanding back scratches from two boys was viewed 20 million times in a week. Now, a new study of Twitter ... read more

New Anti-Influenza Drugs

Jan. 25, 2019 — Researchers have designed drugs which could help combat any potential new flu pandemic, by targeting the receptors of the cells by which the virus gains entry to the human ... read more

Anti-Flu Antibodies Can Inhibit Two Different Viral Proteins

Jan. 25, 2019 — Researchers have discovered that antibodies that may form the basis of a universal flu vaccine inhibit a second viral protein in addition to the one that they bind. The study reveals that antibodies ... read more

First Confirmed Cases of Rabbit Virus Found in UK Hares

Jan. 24, 2019 — New research confirms cases of a rabbit virus found in hares. The first UK cases of rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus type 2 (RHDV2) have been detected in dead hares found in two locations -- Essex ... read more

Zika Vaccines Should Induce Responses by CD4+ T Cells

Jan. 24, 2019 — Immune cells called CD4+ T cells could be important mediators of protection against the Zika virus, according to a new study. The findings support vaccine strategies that induce a protective CD4+ T ... read more

Scientists Discover Ebola Virus in West African Bat

Jan. 24, 2019 — Scientists announced the first finding of Zaire ebolavirus in a bat in West Africa, adding to other evidence suggesting bats serve as a natural wildlife reservoir for Ebola and other related ... read more

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