Category Archives: Microorganisms

A genetic blueprint of influenza virus

Currently, scientists can easily manipulate the genetic codes and epigenetic markers of viruses. This can help us to come up with innovative new ways to protect against serious pathogens like influenza virus, which can cause debilitating and even fatal infections. … Continue reading

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Vaccinia virus infections guide new vaccine designs

If we mapped out the family tree of poxviruses, then vaccinia virus (the causative agent of cowpox) and variola virus (the causative agent of smallpox) would probably be sisters. Or at the very least, cousins. This close heritage allows the … Continue reading

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Convection currents help to deliver oncolytic virus in the brain

In a Phase I clinical trial for recurrent glioma run by the University of Alabama in the USA, 15 patients have received a steady stream of oncolytic reovirus (up to 10^10 TCID50) infused directly into their brain tumour. This novel … Continue reading

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Blocking lethal viral haemorrhagic disease using interferons

Genetics can have a big impact on immune responses, making some individuals more suspectible to infections than others. In the world of small mammals, the virus LCMV-Clone 13 establishes a chronic infection in one mouse strain without too much damage. … Continue reading

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Digging into the soil microbiome of New York City’s Central Park

As the Summer looms and picnics become more the vogue, have you ever considered how many bugs live beneath the grass where you’ve spread your picnic blanket? If you’ve gone off to a city park for your picnic, you might … Continue reading

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