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Viruses in the gut protect from infection

Viruses in the gut protect from infection | Virology News | Scoop.it
Phages in mucus aid immune system by killing invading bacteria.

...animal mucus — whether from humans, fish or corals — is loaded with bacteria-killing viruses called phages. These protect their hosts from infection by destroying incoming bacteria. In return, the phages are exposed to a steady torrent of microbes in which to reproduce.

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Amazing stuff - that animals can co-opt bacterial viruses as part of their innate immune systems!  Thanks to Joann Passmore for pointing this out.

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HPV Vaccine in Australia Already Appears to Be Working

HPV Vaccine in Australia Already Appears to Be Working | Virology News | Scoop.it
Some good vaccine news for a change: A vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) appears to be working. HPV causes genital warts, and can lead to cervical cancer in women.
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As we knew it would...B-)

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