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My virology professor is wearing a "Got herpes?" Shirt! Lol on Valentines Day! #coincidence? I think not! Lol http://t.co/1VUQtvD0
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Excellent...!  Right up there with "What's the difference between love and herpes?  Answer - herpes LASTS...!"

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HPV Vaccine in Men Would Save Costs of Treating Throat Cancer

HPV Vaccine in Men Would Save Costs of Treating Throat Cancer | Virology News | Scoop.it
A new study shows that giving men Gardasil is cost-effective and prevents throat cancer.
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As circumcision wounds heal, HIV-positive men may spread virus

As circumcision wounds heal, HIV-positive men may spread virus | Virology News | Scoop.it
In the midst of an international campaign to slow the spread of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, the World Health Organization recommends male circumcision (the surgical removal of foreskin from the penis) which reduces HIV acquisition by 50-60%.
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New HPV Vaccine Provides Wider Protection

New HPV Vaccine Provides Wider Protection | Virology News | Scoop.it
An investigational 9-valent vaccine against human papillomavirus (9vHPV) had an efficacy of nearly 97% against cervical, vulvar, and vaginal disease associated with HPV types 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58 and a similar efficacy against disease associated...
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New avian flu viruses send US scientists scrambling

New avian flu viruses send US scientists scrambling | Virology News | Scoop.it
Three highly pathogenic avian flu viruses that have infected poultry and wild birds in the U.S. Midwest appear unlikely to present a significant risk to humans.
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Improving the effect of HIV drugs by the use of a vaccine

Improving the effect of HIV drugs by the use of a vaccine | Virology News | Scoop.it
A vaccine containing a protein necessary for virus replication can boost an HIV-infected patient's immune system, according to clinical research published in the open access journal Retrovirology. This boost can result in increased effectiveness of antiretroviral drugs.

When people are first diagnosed with HIV they are put on antiretroviral drugs, also known as highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). These drugs can stop the virus reproducing almost completely. When taking HAART, however, it is known that the virus can still replicate at low levels and accumulate in a latent form in what are called "reservoirs." These reservoirs, located throughout the body including the brain, bone marrow and genital tract, cannot be acted upon by HAART and can cause complications and deaths due to non-AIDS related diseases.

A vaccine was developed that targets the viral protein "Tat," which is produced early on in HIV infection. Tat has a key role in viral replication and progression of the disease by weakening the immune system. By designing a vaccine that included a small amount of the Tat protein, researchers were able to produce an immune response to prevent disease progression.
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A more effective shingles vaccine could be on the way for people who need it

A more effective shingles vaccine could be on the way for people who need it | Virology News | Scoop.it
GSK says new shingles vaccine shows effectiveness across all age ranges, even those in their 70s.
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To prevent the next Ebola, try to catch new viruses before they break out

To prevent the next Ebola, try to catch new viruses before they break out | Virology News | Scoop.it
With the Ebola outbreak not yet behind us, global health workers are already scrambling to prevent what could be the next big outbreak of an emerging disease caused by a virus that jumped from animals into humans. In Tanzania, an organization is trying a new approach to tracking these new viruses and preventing another pandemic. #
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Highly laudable work, and already having an impact if it is increasing our understanding of the diversity of animal viruses that could infect humans.

But I WISH people wouldn't say "poop" when they mean faeces, dung, scat or other perfectly acceptable word.

And why are the more interesting viruses shipped back to the USA?  What about enabling local science??

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World's first malaria vaccine moves closer to use in Africa

World's first malaria vaccine moves closer to use in Africa | Virology News | Scoop.it
LONDON (Reuters) - The world's first malaria vaccine, made by GlaxoSmithKline, could be approved by international regulators for use in Africa from October after final trial data showed it offered partial...
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Why my kids get the HPV vaccine: A cervical cancer survivor’s story

As a cervical cancer survivor and parent to two sons, Linda Ryan advises other parents to vaccinate their kids against the human papillomavirus (HPV).
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HPV in focus: the case for vaccinating boys as well as girls

HPV in focus: the case for vaccinating boys as well as girls | Virology News | Scoop.it
The BDA is supporting European Immunization Week, from 20-25 April and using it to highlight the need for HPV vaccinations to be extended to boys in the UK. European Immunization Week (EIW) is run ...
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...because then you have ANOTHER barrier to spread.

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Deadly strain of dog flu sweeping through the Midwest US

Deadly strain of dog flu sweeping through the Midwest US | Virology News | Scoop.it
A deadly new strain of dog flu is sweeping through the Midwest.
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Plant-made vaccine, anyone...?

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Can a common cold virus lead to asthma? - Futurity

Can a common cold virus lead to asthma? - Futurity | Virology News | Scoop.it
New research seems to confirm what scientists have suspected: viruses that cause common colds may play a critical role in asthma and chronic lung disease.
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With bird flu spreading [in US], USDA starts on potential vaccine

With bird flu spreading [in US], USDA starts on potential vaccine | Virology News | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on a vaccine to counter a deadly strain of bird flu, as losses to poultry producers mount.
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Well, of course they would - these are American chickens, after all....

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Researchers Explore Genetic Diversity of Lassa Virus in West Africa

Researchers Explore Genetic Diversity of Lassa Virus in West Africa | Virology News | Scoop.it
Lassa virus is widespread in parts of West Africa and causes the often deadly hemorrhagic fever. Scientists at NRL are studying the genetic diversity of the virus with hopes that their work can aid the development of vaccines, diagnostic tests, and possibly antiviral drugs.
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HPV Vaccine Produces Early Benefits for Teen Girls

HPV Vaccine Produces Early Benefits for Teen Girls | Virology News | Scoop.it
Risk of precancerous changes dropped 44 percent several years after immunization
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How To Talk To Anti-Vaccine Advocates Without Your Head Exploding

How To Talk To Anti-Vaccine Advocates Without Your Head Exploding | Virology News | Scoop.it
How can reasonable people talk to anti-vaccine advocates without their head exploding? Here are some suggestions.

 

Trying to talk with people who are self-righteous, certain and profoundly wrong is a toxic conversational mix. In fact, such conversations just might make your head explode. Unfortunately, the current risk of exploding heads is high because anti-vaccine advocates have mobilized to spread dangerous fear-mongering messages. Their actions are in response to others mobilizing legislative efforts to prevent more outbreaks of preventable disease, like the recent measles outbreak traced to California’s Disneyland. It’s quite a mess. Help is needed. So, read on for advice for how to prevent cranial detonation when talking with the anti-vaxers in your life.

 
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New Measles Vaccine is Needle-Free

New Measles Vaccine is Needle-Free | Virology News | Scoop.it
Scientists have formulated a needle-free vaccine against measles and say the little stick-on patch could be the answer to fighting measles — and perhaps othe...
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Rubella Virus Declared Eliminated in the Americas

Rubella Virus Declared Eliminated in the Americas | Virology News | Scoop.it
Effective vaccination programs mean German measles are no longer considered a threat in the Americas.
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And only the third virus for which this is true - after smallpox and polio.  Now for the rest of the world - IF the antivax people will let it happen!

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Problems Found With Glaxo's Malaria Vaccine

Problems Found With Glaxo's Malaria Vaccine | Virology News | Scoop.it
GlaxoSmithKline’s malaria vaccine, the world’s most advanced, loses effectiveness over time, even with a booster shot, according to new clinical-trial results.
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Retroviral influence on human embryonic development

Retroviral influence on human embryonic development | Virology News | Scoop.it
Some of the thousands of human endogenous retroviral genomes are activated during human embryogenesis, suggesting that they may play a role in development.
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What You Need to Know About the Current [US] Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Outbreaks

What you need to know about the current highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks http://t.co/IOdaL2hxTZ
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Here's Why You Should Get the HPV Vaccine, Even if You've Already Had HPV

Here's Why You Should Get the HPV Vaccine, Even if You've Already Had HPV | Virology News | Scoop.it
Plus, even if you've had the shot, you could probably use a booster.
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Integration of multiple repeats of geminiviral DNA into the nuclear genome of tobacco during evolution.

Integration of multiple repeats of geminiviral DNA into the nuclear genome of tobacco during evolution. | Virology News | Scoop.it
Integration of viral DNA into the host nuclear genome, although not unusual in bacterial and animal systems, has surprisingly not been reported for plants.
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An oldie but a goodie: pretty much ignored, because it predated whole-genome sequencing of plants, but an interesting window onto how viruses can get into host genomes and affect their evolution.

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HPV | Home | Human Papillomavirus | CDC

HPV | Home | Human Papillomavirus | CDC | Virology News | Scoop.it
Human papillomavirus (pap-ah-LO-mah-VYE-rus)(HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States.
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Possible new HIV therapies, and the potential for a cure

Possible new HIV therapies, and the potential for a cure | Virology News | Scoop.it
HIV is currently treatable, but not curable. New research, combined with existing techniques, could change that in the future.
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