Posts Tagged 'virus'

West Nile Virus Might Be Linked to Kidney Problems

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As of September of this year, there have been more than 2,600 new cases of West Nile virus in the USA, including 118 deaths, which were reported to the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Virus Brucella Blocked From Bonding with Host, Could Lead to Superbug Cure

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Pathogenic bacteria without their virulent factors could be rendered harmless and eliminated by the human immune system. That’s the goal that a group of researchers have been striving for, and they recently managed to block the Brucella bacteria from bonding with its host.

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Monkeys Cured of Ebola Zaire Virus with Antibody Cocktail

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A cocktail of three antibodies has been able to cure monkeys infected with the Ebola virus if administered 24 hours or more after exposure. This could imply that a future treatment for humans could be possible. Some of the variants of the Ebola virus kill up to 90% of infected patients, and currently, most treatment regimens only improve survival when administered within an hour of infection.

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Virus Gene Syncytin Insinuated Itself in Mammalian DNA Millions of Years Ago

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Syncytin is a gene that was found in the human genome, but is bears all of the hallmarks of originating from a virus. Back in 2000, a team of Bostonian scientists discovered it. The cells of syncytin were located only where the placenta made contact with the uterus. They fused together to form a single cellular layer, which is called the syncytiotrophoblast, essential for a fetus to draw nutrients from its mother.

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Fungus Transforms North American Red Turpentine Beetle into Tree Killer in Asia

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Microbial evolution has turned a mild-mannered North American beetle into a tree killer in Asia. The red turpentine beetle, Dendroctonus valens, is a wood-boring species native to North America. D. valens is unremarkable and harmless in its native region. However once it migrated to China, it wiped out more than seven million pines in the past 12 years, and it’s poised to spread throughout much of Asia and Europe.

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Ruminant Orthobunyavirus Takes Northern Europe By Surprise

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A new virus has been found that causes fetal malformations and stillbirths in cattle, sheep and goats in northern Europe. Scientists don’t have a clue about the origin of the virus or why there is this sudden outbreak. Scientists want to share the virus and protocols to allow anyone interested to study the disease and develop tools and vaccines.

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How the Malware Stuxnet Was Discovered by Digital Detectives

In depth article about how computer security experts discovered the malware Stuxnet, which has been classified as a cyberweapon.


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