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Positive in Church - Church leaders dealing with HIV and AIDS

Positive in Church - Church leaders dealing with HIV and AIDS.

 

Interesting initiative - and very welcome!!

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Ebola Sample Is Mishandled at C.D.C. Lab in Latest Error

Ebola Sample Is Mishandled at C.D.C. Lab in Latest Error | Virology News | Scoop.it
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said one lab sent the wrong samples, possibly containing the live virus, to another lab, where a technician might have been exposed.
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Liberia Begins to Use Ebola Vaccine

Liberia Begins to Use Ebola Vaccine | Virology News | Scoop.it
The US, UK and Canada are testing different kinds of vaccine in controlled clinical trials.
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At last!

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Closing in on ‘holy grail’ of HIV vaccine

Closing in on ‘holy grail’ of HIV vaccine | Virology News | Scoop.it
A new study, published today in the journal Science, suggests why previous HIV vaccine formulations haven’t been able to elicit broadly neutralizing antibodies, which defend against a wide spectrum of HIV strains.
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We are always closing in on the Holy Grail...

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UK government halves the budget of HIV prevention programme for England

UK government halves the budget of HIV prevention programme for England | Virology News | Scoop.it
The Department of Health’s funding for HIV Prevention
England, the national HIV prevention programme in England, will be cut by 50%
from April 2015.
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How enlightened of them!

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CDC Issues Flu Vaccine Apology

For the first time we can remember, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are going on the record, saying the flu vaccine won't work this year.

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And so it goes: genetic drift is just a slower means of immune escape than genetic shift - and flu can do both, and does.

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How The Herpes Virus Manipulates Our DNA To Replicate

How The Herpes Virus Manipulates Our DNA To Replicate | Virology News | Scoop.it
Science is starting to understand how type 1 of the herpes simplex virus is using telomeres, the protective caps of our DNA, to replicate.
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More Dead Pigs Than Fish in China's Huangpu River

Last year, the Huangpu river, which supplies drinking water to the city of Shanghai, was found carrying thousands of pig carcasses.
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...full of porcine circovirus, it seems.

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Oyster Herpes' Killer Virus Threatens $4 Billion Industry

Oyster Herpes' Killer Virus Threatens $4 Billion Industry | Virology News | Scoop.it
Herpes has devastated 26 percent of France’s oyster production since the summer of 2008. Halfway around the world in Australia, the virus killed 10 million oysters in three days.
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Ebola Survivor Returning to Fight Virus in Liberia

Ebola Survivor Returning to Fight Virus in Liberia | Virology News | Scoop.it
Dr. Rick Sacra is returning to Liberia, the West African country where he contracted the virus this, in January to resume working as a medical missionary.He ...
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2014 was a bad year for mumps, a nearly forgotten virus

2014 was a bad year for mumps, a nearly forgotten virus | Virology News | Scoop.it
A nearly forgotten virus has gotten a lot of attention. The mumps sickened nearly 1,100 Americans this year, causing outbreaks among both college students and professional hockey players.
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Get VACCINATED, morons?! Or don't you know that one of the complications of mumps in adult men is orchiditis - inflammation of the testes - which can lead to sterility??

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Scientists Report Headway In Hunt For Dengue Vaccine

Scientists Report Headway In Hunt For Dengue Vaccine | Virology News | Scoop.it
It's called "breakbone fever" because that's how bad you feel when you get it. There's no cure. But scientists have found powerful antibodies that could lead to the development of a simple vaccine.
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Ebola virus tricks the body and strips victims of dignity

Ebola virus tricks the body and strips victims of dignity | Virology News | Scoop.it
The Ebola virus plays two devastating tricks on the human body. It first disarms the immune defences which are meant to protect against an invading virus.
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China's Ebola vaccine enters clinical trials

China's Ebola vaccine enters clinical trials | Virology News | Scoop.it

An Ebola vaccine developed by a military-tied research institute has been approved to enter the human test stage, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) General Logistics Department announced Thursday.

The restructured vaccine, developed by the Academy of Military Medical Sciences (AMMC), is based on the 2014 mutant gene type and especially targets the strain plaguing west Africa, Xinhua reported.

 

The vaccine is currently in the form of a freeze-dried powder, which will keep it stable for at least two weeks in temperatures of up to 37 degrees Celsius. This will make it suitable for the tropical west African region and assist with large-scale production, according to a review report by 17 experts in the field.

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Could be a LITTLE more informative, but...

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Cooler, clearer suit to shield doctors from Ebola

Cooler, clearer suit to shield doctors from Ebola | Virology News | Scoop.it
A new protective suit is designed to help doctors and nurses treating Ebola patients work longer hours—even in wilting heat—and undress safely, quickly, and without anyone’s help.
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I think that might be rather welcome, in West Africa!

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Virulence Factors of Geminivirus Subvert Plant Resistance and Promote Vector Performance

Virulence Factors of Geminivirus Subvert Plant Resistance and Promote Vector Performance | Virology News | Scoop.it

A pathogen may cause infected plants to promote the performance of its transmitting vector, which accelerates the spread of the pathogen. This positive effect of a pathogen on its vector via their shared host plant is termed indirect mutualism. For example, terpene biosynthesis is suppressed in begomovirus-infected plants, leading to reduced plant resistance and enhanced performance of the whiteflies (Bemisia tabaci) that transmit these viruses. Although begomovirus-whitefly mutualism has been known, the underlying mechanism is still elusive. Here, we identified βC1 of Tomato yellow leaf curl China virus, a monopartite begomovirus, as the viral genetic factor that suppresses plant terpene biosynthesis. βC1 directly interacts with the basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor MYC2 to compromise the activation of MYC2-regulated terpene synthase genes, thereby reducing whitefly resistance. MYC2 associates with the bipartite begomoviral protein BV1, suggesting that MYC2 is an evolutionarily conserved target of begomoviruses for the suppression of terpene-based resistance and the promotion of vector performance. Our findings describe how this viral pathogen regulates host plant metabolism to establish mutualism with its insect vector.


Via Kamoun Lab @ TSL
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Cunning trick, for a small virus!

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The Biggest HIV/AIDS Research Breakthroughs Of 2014

The Biggest HIV/AIDS Research Breakthroughs Of 2014 | Virology News | Scoop.it
There’s a lot to be optimistic about in the global fight against HIV and AIDS. By the end of 2013, 12.9 million people were taking life-saving anti-retroviral therapies that suppress the virus and help people lead long, healthy lives -- 11.7 mi...
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Australians too relaxed about bat virus

Australians too relaxed about bat virus | Virology News | Scoop.it
Australia's lax attitude to reporting bites and scratches is a key factor preventing swift treatment for the potentially-fatal virus carried by bats, the Medical Journal of Australia will report today.
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FEAR the furry flying cockroach...!

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CIA Says It Will No Longer Use Vaccine Programs As Cover

CIA Says It Will No Longer Use Vaccine Programs As Cover | Virology News | Scoop.it
Answering health experts' complaints that using vaccination programs for spying had hurt international efforts to fight disease, the CIA says it has stopped the practice.
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Sure it has. Like torture. The damage is done, morons!!

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Debate over HPV vaccine has nothing to do with morality

Debate over HPV vaccine has nothing to do with morality | Virology News | Scoop.it
The vaccine does not lead to an increase in risky sexual behaviour, research finds, so why do a surprising number of people continue to ignore the science?
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Indeed....

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A Fresh Setback for Efforts to Cure HIV Infection

A Fresh Setback for Efforts to Cure HIV Infection | Virology News | Scoop.it
Researchers are reporting another disappointment for efforts to cure infection with the AIDS virus. Six patients given blood-cell transplants similar to one that cured a man known as "the Berlin patient" have failed, and all six patients died.
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The debilitating virus outbreak sweeping the Americas

The debilitating virus outbreak sweeping the Americas | Virology News | Scoop.it
Its name means "bending over in pain." It has no cure. And it has infected more than a million people since spreading to the Americas one year ago.
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Vaccines Work. Here Are the Facts.

Vaccines Work. Here Are the Facts. - The Nib - Medium
The risks, the misinformation, and the science behind history’s greatest life saver
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A biosensor to peer into insides of HIV-infected cell

A biosensor to peer into insides of HIV-infected cell | Virology News | Scoop.it
A new biosensor can measure what is going on within HIV-infected cells in real-time and also provide insight on the interactions between the AIDS virus and the tuberculosis causing bacteria within the cells.
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