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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…
Gene-editing technology to create virus-resistant cassava plant has opposite effect, researchers find

April 26, 2019

Using gene-editing technology to create virus-resistant cassava plants could have serious negative ramifications, according to new research by…
Cold plasma can kill 99.9% of airborne viruses

April 16, 2019

Dangerous airborne viruses are rendered harmless on-the-fly when exposed to energetic, charged fragments of air molecules, University of…
Study Points to Virus-Related Acceleration in Some Cancers

March 18, 2019

While the human T- cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) is known to cause a rare cancer of…
Seeing the unseeable

February 20, 2019

The new insight could help in the development of drugs and therapies for infections and further advance the…
Martin Olivier (Principal Investigator) with Alonso da Silva Lira Filho (PhD student) and Caroline Martel (Research assistant) in their laboratory at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.
Viral communications hacking boosts Leishmania infections

February 13, 2019

New research from McGill University has found that a virus infecting the Leishmania parasite spreads by exploiting a mechanism used…
Fructose can trigger viruses in the gut’s microbiome

February 12, 2019

The human gut is a complex ecosystem dominated by bacteria that help digest food and keep one’s gastrointestinal…
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NIH scientists explore tick salivary glands as tool to study virus transmission and infection

February 1, 2019

The salivary glands of some tick species could become important research tools for studying how viruses are transmitted…
Whopping big viruses prey on human gut bacteria

January 31, 2019

Viruses plague bacteria just as viruses like influenza plague humans. Some of the largest of these so-called bacteriophages…
Human respiratory viruses continue to spread in wild chimpanzees

January 21, 2019

Less than two years after the first report of wild chimpanzees in Uganda dying as a result of…
New research brings swine industry closer to broad virus protection

December 19, 2018

After eight years of gathering data from more than 1,000 pigs infected with porcine circovirus 2, University of…
Ancient inhabitants of the Antelope House ruin, in Arizona's Canyon de Chelly National Monument, grew crops such as maize, beans and squash. Image credit: National Park Service
Research team discovers oldest known plant virus at ancient settlement

December 18, 2018

Researchers studying ancient corncobs found at a Native American archeological site have recovered a 1,000-year-old virus, the oldest…
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