Tag: Virus

Supervirus Project Ban Reversed. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lifted the ban preventing the project of creating super viruses from being funded. Superviruses are now free to be modified.

January 4, 2018

Norovirus Outbreak Plagues Dozens Of North Carolina State University Students: Watch Out For These Symptoms

North Carolina State University has been hit with a nasty norovirus outbreak, affecting approximately 60 students. Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the U.S.

Public Health December 9, 2017

Google Finally Explains Why Some People Were Locked Out Of Google Docs

Google Docs users got a bit of a spook on Halloween, but not from ghosts. Google locked them out of their documents for some reason, but it has now clarified exactly what happened.

Google November 3, 2017

More Than 200 Hogs Slaughtered After One Confirmed Swine Flu Case At County Fair

An entire hog barn at the Clinton County Fair was tagged ‘Terminal’ after one hog tested positive for swine flu. All 280 hogs will be slaughtered.

Public Health July 16, 2017

Inmates At Oakland County Jail May Have Been Exposed To Hepatitis A

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office confirms Hepatitis A exposure in the county jail. Inmates and visitors are advised to take necessary precautions to avoid widespread infection.

Public Health May 27, 2017

WHO Suspects 4th Death From Ebola In Congo, CDC Issues No Travel Advisory Yet

Four people have died in the Ebola outbreak in Congo. The WHO confirmed the latest death on Sunday, noting there are now 37 suspected Ebola cases in Africa. The CDC is still evaluating the situation before issuing a travel advisory.

Public Health May 22, 2017

Cure For HIV May Already Exist: Here's How CRISPR Gene-Editing Technology Can Kill AIDS-Causing Virus

In experiments with mice, researchers found that the gene editing technology CRISPR works for active and dormant forms of HIV. How does treatment with this controversial technique differ from currently available drugs?

Biotech May 4, 2017

Beating HIV: Scientists Discover How To Make Body Cells Resistant To The Virus

The cure for AIDS could start by engineering immune cells to produce HIV-fighting antibodies that prevent the infection with the HIV virus. Researchers have already created HIV-resistant cells in a petri dish following this groundbreaking technique.

Public Health April 12, 2017

New Rotavirus Vaccine Could Save Half A Million Children Annually

Unlike other rotavirus vaccines, the new product is cheaper and doesn’t require refrigeration. Pending WHO approval, it could soon be available for large-scale immunization.

Medicine March 24, 2017

Zika-Like Yellow Fever Raises Concern Despite Availability Of Vaccine: Here's Why

U.S. health officials have warned that advancement of Zika-like yellow fever in Brazil could pose another mosquito-borne health threat to the United States. They urged for closer monitoring of the outbreak, which is moving from less populated areas to cities.

Public Health March 11, 2017

Bird Flu Strain Detected In Tennessee Farm Under Tyson Foods Contract

A Tennessee poultry farm under contract with Tyson Foods Inc. is now placed under quarantine by the U.S. Department of Agriculture officials afrer it was found infected with H7 strain of pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

Public Health March 6, 2017

Disease Threatens To Wipe Out Critically Endangered Population Of Saiga Antelope

The critically endangered population of saiga antelope is threatened to be wiped out with the outbreak of a disease that comes from sheep and goats. To save the saiga population from extinction, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists said there is a need for further immunization to include the unaffected population.

Animals February 12, 2017

Gene Delivery Therapy Using Supercharged Adeno-Associated Virus Restores Hearing And Balance In Deaf Mice

A new gene delivery therapy using supercharged adeno-associated virus restored hearing and balance in deaf mice, offering hope to about 30 million people in the United States suffering from hearing loss. How does the treatment work?

Biotech January 30, 2017

Combining 3 Antibody Drugs Shown Effective In Suppressing HIV

A new research at the Rockefeller University has shown that HIV can be suppressed by combining three antibodies in the treatment. This checks the ability of the virus to escape the immune system and mutate.

Medicine January 28, 2017

Pet Rats Caused Illinois, Wisconsin Seoul Virus Outbreak: CDC

An outbreak of the Seoul virus, which affected eight people in Illinois and Wisconsin, was linked to pet rats. What are the symptoms of this hantavirus?

Public Health January 22, 2017

Can Humans Survive A Zombie Apocalypse? Studies Investigate Spread Of Zombie Infection

Human population could be down to just hundreds in the 100th day of a zombie infection. Survivors, however, can do something to save humanity from being wiped out.

Feature | Science January 5, 2017

Scientists Track Spread Of White-Nose Syndrome In Bats Using Fungus-Infecting Virus

Researchers have discovered a virus that they can use to track the spread of the fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome in bats. The disease has already killed an estimated 6 million bats in North America since 2006.

Animals December 27, 2016

DNA From 17th Century Mummy Of A Child From Lithuania May Rewrite History Of Smallpox

Smallpox, a deadly disease that killed millions before it was declared eradicated in 1980, was likely a modern killer and not an ancient disease. The findings were based on analysis of DNA from a 17th century mummified child in Lithuania.

Ancient December 9, 2016

Scientists Discover Mechanism In Potent Antibody Capable Of Neutralizing Zika Infection

Researchers have uncovered how a potent antibody is able to neutralize the Zika virus and prevent an infection from taking place. The discovery holds potential as a treatment target in the fight against Zika.

Public Health November 26, 2016

Measles Complication That Can Occur Years After Infection Kills More Than Previously Thought

SSPE, a deadly complication that occurs years after a child gets infected by the measles virus, is more common than previously believed. Experts recommend that children get two doses of MMR vaccine.

Public Health October 30, 2016

Zika Virus May Be Spread From Infected Eyes, Suggests Study

Zika is spreading fast and researchers are scrambling to learn more about it. According to a new study, however, the virus can find its way to the eyes, making the windows to the soul a possible infection source.

Public Health September 8, 2016

Viruses Are Most Dangerous During The Morning, Study Finds

Rejoice late-risers, you can now quote science as an excuse for sleeping in: human bodies are more susceptible to viruses in the morning.

Healthy Living/Wellness August 16, 2016

A Cure For The Common Cold? Meet IBM's Macromolecule

A new macromolecule from IBM could mean the end of all viral diseases, including Zika, Ebola, and the common cold. How does it work?

Public Health May 15, 2016

Hepatitis C-Related Deaths Reach All-Time High In US

Hepatitis C infections are now killing more people in the US than other infections combined, according to a new CDC report. The data pointed to hepatitis C in baby boomers as well as new worrisome virus transmission routes.

Public Health May 5, 2016

Deadly Viruses, Killer Robots Could Someday Force Humanity Into Extinction: Report

A new report stated that the rise of artificial intelligence systems and deadly viruses could cause human extinction. Natural disasters, nuclear weapons, and climate change were also listed as long-term threats to humanity.

Earth/Environment April 30, 2016

The Truth About Hand Dryers: Do They Pass On More Germs Than Average Paper Towels?

Bathrooms and restrooms contain millions of bacteria. To prevent acquiring this sickness-causing entity, public restrooms install hygienic items such as hand dryers, but research revealed that hand dryers could spread more germs compared to paper towels.

Life April 19, 2016

New Trading Cards Allow You to Swap Viruses The Safe Way

Trading cards may be a thing of the past but a molecular biologist created her own deck of cards that allows users to swap viruses harmlessly. Each card contains important details about the virus.

Life April 17, 2016

Virus-Fighting Protein In Primates May Have Sped Up Evolution

Researchers found that a virus-fighting protein may have helped speed up evolution. Evolution has always been known as a gradual process but the findings of the new study suggest otherwise.

Animals April 9, 2016

Experimental Drug Could Be New Weapon Against Argentine Hemorrhagic Fever

A lab-engineered antibody could provide full protection against the deadly Junin virus, the pathogen responsible for the Argentine Hemorrhagic Fever, new research shows. If the experiment is successful, it could pave way for the development of new drugs.

Life April 5, 2016

Mouse Model To Help Researchers Test Zika Vaccines And Drugs

A new mouse model developed by scientists could pave way for testing for candidate vaccines and drugs against Zika virus. They identified a genetically modified strain of mice that can help experts develop effective treatments.

Life March 31, 2016

Discarded GlaxoSmithKline Drug Fights Two Disease-Causing Viruses In Lab

GlaxoSmithKline discarded GSK983 drug due to its side effects in clinical trials. Lab tests, however, suggest a strategy so this abandoned drug can be used to fight disease-causing viruses such as those that cause Zika, dengue and ebola.

Life March 29, 2016

More Ancient Viruses Lay Dormant In Human DNA Than Previously Thought

Hundreds of thousands of years ago, ancient viruses attacked our ancestors. Somehow, remnants of these viruses found its way into the human DNA and have been passed down from generation to generation.

Life March 23, 2016

Flu Trap That Captures Viruses Stops Spread Of Infection

UK researchers developed a so-called germ trap with a virus capture rate of over 99 percent. The technology is believed to be an affordable product in the future that can be incorporated in filters of masks and air filtration systems.

Life March 22, 2016

Chipotle Restaurant Voluntarily Closes Over Sick Workers

A Chipotle restaurant in Massachusetts branch had to shut down after four employees got sick. One of the workers tested positive for norovirus.

Life March 9, 2016

Scientists Unveil History Of Ancient Viruses That Existed 30 Million Years Ago

Our DNA contains remnants of ancient viruses called endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) which attacked our prehistoric ancestors. But when and how did they begin to spread?

Animals March 9, 2016

UK Hospitals To Test New Chickenpox Vaccine

Though chicken pox is a common childhood infection, it may lead to serious health complications. In the United Kingdom, they are now trialing a new vaccine to protect both kids and adults from the disease.

Life March 6, 2016

Viral DNA Could Help Protect Humans From Other Diseases, Study Finds

Ancient DNA from 50 million years in the past are used by humans today to fight off disease. How does our immune system utilize this ancient viral genetic code?

March 4, 2016

Ancient Viruses In Our DNA Boost Immune System, Help Us Fight Infections

Our DNA is embedded with ancient viruses that targeted our ancestors millions of years ago. Researchers at the University of Utah explained that this specific genetic code actually boosts our immune system.

Life March 4, 2016

Influenza Virus Can Hide From Body's Immune System

When a virus enters the body, the immune system acts to fight it. Researchers found that influenza can cheat the body's protective mechanism and go undetected.

Life February 26, 2016

Viral Infection Linked To Coral Reef Deaths: Study Finds Herpes-Like Virus May Cause Coral Bleaching

Scientists have discovered a potential link between the occurrence of widespread coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef and an explosion of viruses in the area. One of the viral cultures the team detected resembled the herpes virus.

Earth/Environment February 13, 2016

Internet Archive's Malware Museum Gives You A Glimpse Of Malware Examples From The '80s And '90s

The Malware Museum from Internet Archive went live on Friday, Feb. 5. It is a repository of 78 malware examples from the 1980s and 1990s.

Internet February 8, 2016

Global Trade Spurs Decline In Honeybee Populations: What Humans Can Do To Save These Insect Pollinators

The rapid decline of honeybee populations has severe economic and ecological consequences. This is why experts and officials are drawing up strategies to stop the spread of the disease threatening the bees.

Animals February 6, 2016

Herpes Behaves Differently In Space, And NASA Wants To Find Out Why

NASA initiated a study to understand how herpes viruses behave in outer space. Physical, emotional and psychological stresses associated with spaceflight may weaken the immune system and cause the virus to reactivate.

Space January 30, 2016

What Is Zika And What Can Be Done About It?

The virus has infected millions of people in the Americas, but its effects are still unclear, and a cure is not yet on the horizon.

Life January 29, 2016

UK Confirms Three New Cases Of Mosquito-Borne Zika Virus

Public Health England confirmed three new cases of Zika infection among travelers. The agency did not provide further details about the new cases but said that the virus does not occur naturally in the UK.

Life January 25, 2016

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