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Study: Pig virus is easily transmitted among chickens and turkeys

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First test of cross-species transmission suggests potential for human susceptibility. The first animal study of a pig virus’s…
This colorized transmission electron micrograph depicts H1N1 influenza virus particles. Image credit: NIAID
A fast and inexpensive device to capture and identify viruses

December 30, 2019

A device to quickly capture and identify various strains of virus has been developed, according to researchers at…
CRISPR-Resistant Viruses Build ‘Safe Rooms’ to Shield Genomes from DNA-Dicing Enzymes

December 10, 2019

Bacteria and the viruses that infect them are engaged in a molecular arms race as ancient as life…
Research at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source Leads to New Ebola Drug

December 10, 2019

The ability to examine how specific antibodies react with the Ebola virus has led to the development of…
Scientists are trying to use viruses against an aggressive plant bacterial disease

December 3, 2019

The very word “virus” is enough to get you a little worried. However, these microorganisms are often harmless…
Scientists identified factors, helping predict the severity of viral epidemics

November 30, 2019

We can only be prepared to dangers that we can predict. If we cannot predict something, it is…
New research explains how HIV avoids getting ZAPped

November 12, 2019

Humans have evolved dynamic defense mechanisms against the viruses that seek to infect our bodies—proteins that specialize in…
Synthetic phages with programmable specificity

November 6, 2019

Bacteriophages (“phages” for short) are viruses that infect bacteria. Phages are highly hosted-​specific and will typically only infect…
Genes from ‘fossil’ virus in human DNA found to be active

November 5, 2019

Inserted in the human genome thousands of years ago, the genes can produce viral proteins without activating the…
Scientists found a virus that could be causing liver cancer in cats

October 27, 2019

Cancer is a terrible disease, affecting humans and animals. Its exact causes and mechanism is still poorly understood,…
Newly discovered virus infects bald eagles across America

October 22, 2019

Researchers have discovered a previously unknown virus infecting nearly a third of America’s bald eagle population. Scientists at…
Multi-million Euro grant to research the mechanism of viral infection

October 14, 2019

The European Research Council has awarded a prestigious Synergy Grant worth €7.6 million to the University of Bristol…
NIH forms new collaborative influenza vaccine research network

October 1, 2019

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has initiated…
Here’s how early humans evaded immunodeficiency viruses

August 26, 2019

For hundreds of thousands of years, monkeys and apes have been plagued by simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), which…
Enterovirus antibodies detected in acute flaccid myelitis patients

August 14, 2019

A new study analyzing samples from patients with and without acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) provides additional evidence for…
Researchers in Zeinab Hosseini-Doust’s lab. From left: Randi Mahabir, Zeinab Hosseini-Doust and Lei Tian. Photo by JD Howell/McMaster University
Researchers use friendly viruses to make a gel that can heal itself – and you

July 31, 2019

McMaster researchers have developed a novel new gel made entirely from bacteria-killing viruses. The anti-bacterial gel, which can…
Simultaneous infection by two viruses the key to studying rare lymphoma

July 31, 2019

New research has found that a rare blood cancer can be simulated in the lab only by simultaneously…
NSF-funded workshop targets microbe-infecting viruses

July 25, 2019

An upcoming workshop at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln will assemble national experts on the viruses that infect microorganisms…
This is a diatom cell from the Gulf of Mexico. It is stained with a fluorescent dye to show newly formed cell walls (blue) and the red is fluorescence from chlorophyll. The white bar is a 10 micron scale bar. Image credit: Jeffrey Krause and Sydney Acton
Algae-Killing Viruses Spur Nutrient Recycling in Oceans

July 19, 2019

Scientists have confirmed that viruses can kill marine algae called diatoms and that diatom die-offs near the ocean…
Viruses Found to Use Intricate ‘Treadmill’ to Move Cargo across Bacterial Cells

June 30, 2019

Countless textbooks have characterized bacteria as simple, disorganized blobs of molecules. Now, using advanced technologies to explore the…
Virus genes help determine if pea aphids get their wings

June 17, 2019

Many of an organism’s traits are influenced by cues from the organism’s environment. These features are known as…
Surprising enzymes discovered in giant ocean viruses

June 11, 2019

Results of a new NSF-supported study led by researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Swansea University Medical School…
NIH-supported study reveals a novel indicator of influenza immunity

June 4, 2019

A study of influenza virus transmission in Nicaraguan households reveals new insights into the type of immune responses…
To curb infection, bacteria direct their defenses against themselves

May 31, 2019

Sometimes, the best defense against hostile invaders is a good, long nap. Or at least, that strategy seems…
How Plant Viruses Can Be Used to Ward Off Pests and Keep Plants Healthy

May 22, 2019

Imagine a technology that could target pesticides to treat specific spots deep within the soil, making them more…
How Do You Find a Virus That’s Completely Unknown? Study Says, Look to the Genome

May 20, 2019

Penn team of microbiologists and pulmonologists scan genome databases and find a new abundant viral family associated with…
Catch a Virus by Its Tail

May 13, 2019

Study uncovers key mechanism that allows some of the world’s deadliest viruses to replicate. Viruses are masterful invaders.…
H3N2 viruses mutate during vaccine production but new tech could fix it

April 30, 2019

In late March 2019, the World Health Organization and a vaccine advisory committee of the Food and Drug…
Line is blurring between human herpes simplex viruses

April 30, 2019

The line between the human herpes simplex viruses – HSV-1 and HSV-2 – is blurrier than previously thought, according…
Researchers detail marine viruses from pole to pole

April 29, 2019

New research provides the most complete account to date of the viruses that impact the world’s oceans, increasing…
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