Category Archives: Viruses

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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Swimming with Viruses

You can find viruses everywhere: in the soil, in the clouds and in animals. According to scientists from the University of Oldenburg in Germany, there are also a ridiculous number of viruses buried at sea, in the sediments of the … Continue reading

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A Marvellous Month of Science

Fungal extracts prevent hepatitis C virus infection Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a huge cause of liver cancer, but current treatments are very expensive and not that great. Since HCV is a cunning little virus capable of quickly evolving drug … Continue reading

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