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HPV-Associated Cancers

HPV-Associated Cancers | Virology News | Scoop.it
Human papillomavirus (HPV) has been found to be associated with several types of cancer: cervical, vulvar, vaginal, penile, anal, and some head and neck cancers. CDC conducted studies to learn about these cancers.
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The more we learn about HPVs, the more we find that they are assocaited with cancers other than just cervical.  It's REALLY vaccine time, folks!

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Tamiflu looking better for flu?

Tamiflu looking better for flu? | Virology News | Scoop.it
The controversial antiviral drug earns better marks in the most recent analysis of the evidence. 
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Keeping yoghurt and cheese safe from bacteriophages

Keeping yoghurt and cheese safe from bacteriophages | Virology News | Scoop.it
How DuPont uses CRISPR to keep yogurt and cheeses safe from bacteriophage attack
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Clever!

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Bats carry New Pathogenic Hepatitis B Viruses with Zoonotic Potential: A New Threat?

Professor Dieter Glebe, Head of National Reference Centre for Hepatitis B and D viruses, Institute for Medical Virology, Justus Liebig University, Germany will deliver this lecture hosted by the Hepatitis Virus Diversity Research Programme.
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Our junior partner University sounds like it is having a very ineresting lecture - and it's those fabulous furry flying virus vectors again....

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A History of Ebola in 24 Outbreaks

A History of Ebola in 24 Outbreaks | Virology News | Scoop.it
A review of the two dozen recorded Ebola outbreaks suggests some common themes.
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A really, REALLY good graphical history of Ebola outbreaks.

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Looking at protists as a source of pathogenic viruses

Looking at protists as a source of pathogenic viruses | Virology News | Scoop.it

In the environment, protozoa are predators of bacteria and feed on them. The possibility that some protozoa could be a source of human pathogens is consistent with the discovery that free-living amoebae were the reservoir of Legionella pneumophila, the agent of Legionnaires' disease. Later, while searching for Legionella in the environment using amoeba co-culture, the first giant virus, Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus, was discovered. Since then, many other giant viruses have been isolated, includingMarseilleviridae, Pithovirus sibericum, Cafeteria roenbergensis virus and Pandoravirus spp. The methods used to isolate all of these viruses are herein reviewed. By analogy to Legionella, it was originally suspected that these viruses could be human pathogens. After showing by indirect evidence, such as sero-epidemiologic studies, that it was possible for these viruses to be human pathogens, the recent isolation of some of these viruses (belonging to the Mimiviridae and Marseilleviridae families) in humans in the context of pathologic conditions shows that they are opportunistic human pathogens in some instances.

 

Mimivirus picture courtesy of Russell Kightley Media

  
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New Species Galore - but no viruses??

New Species Galore - but no viruses?? | Virology News | Scoop.it
A look back at the latest microbes, plants, and animals to have secured a spot in science’s known tree of life in 2014
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Mapping chicken flu virus offers clues about deadly H7N9 bird flu - Medical News Today

Mapping chicken flu virus offers clues about deadly H7N9 bird flu - Medical News Today | Virology News | Scoop.it
By sequencing the viral genome of the H9N2 chicken virus, scientists have mapped its evolution since 1994 and found clues as to how it helped H7N9 emerge as a threat to humans.
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The Surprising Link Between HIV And Poor Hearing - Medical Daily

The Surprising Link Between HIV And Poor Hearing - Medical Daily | Virology News | Scoop.it
A new study is the first to link HIV to hearing loss in adults after taking into account multiple factors that may induce hearing loss that have not been examined altogether before.
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Whooping cough 'evolving fast'

Whooping cough 'evolving fast' | Virology News | Scoop.it
Whooping cough may be evolving to outsmart the currently used vaccine, say researchers.
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Chris Upton + helpers's curator insight, December 31, 2014 2:26 PM

"outsmart" is bad voice of words....

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Russian scientists develop Ebola vaccine

Russian scientists develop Ebola vaccine | Virology News | Scoop.it
The vaccine will be first tested on animals. The clinical tests involving volunteers will be conducted in Africa, the Russian media reported.
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Interesting: now the US, Russia and China have all got Ebola vaccines. Not that they were investigating weaponising Ebola; perish teh thought!!

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Suspected HIV infection on porn set sparks health alert in California

Suspected HIV infection on porn set sparks health alert in California | Virology News | Scoop.it
Public health department says actor tested positive for virus Aids after engaging in unprotected sex in two separate film shoots
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Ebola in UK: Two patients being tested for virus at hospitals in Cornwall and Scotland

Ebola in UK: Two patients being tested for virus at hospitals in Cornwall and Scotland | Virology News | Scoop.it
Two more patients are being tested for Ebola in Scotland and Cornwall.
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Time for a new paradigm for scientific publishing?

Time for a new paradigm for scientific publishing? | Virology News | Scoop.it
The research community doesn’t need more journals. It’s time we embrace non-traditional publishing platforms.
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How Transposons Shaped Pregnancy | The Scientist Magazine®

How Transposons Shaped Pregnancy | The Scientist Magazine® | Virology News | Scoop.it
A mass migration of mobile regulatory elements increased the expression of thousands of genes in the uterus during the evolution of pregnancy.
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And retrotransposons are related...what?  Yes - viruses!

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Ebola virus mutating, scientists say

Ebola virus mutating, scientists say | Virology News | Scoop.it
Scientists at the Institut Pasteur in France who are tracking the Ebola outbreak in Guinea say the virus has mutated.
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I would be surprised it there weren't evidence by now of adaptation to humans: never in any previous outbreak of EHD [Ebola haemorrhagic disease] has the person-person chain of transmission been sustained for so long, meaning never before has there been the opportunity for human-specific adaptations to become established.

The article points out that on consequence of mutation may be that the virus becomes less virulent, leading to a greater incidence of asymptomatic infection - of which there is already evidence from previous outbreaks, and which has been implicated in the lessening incidence of transmission because of increasing herd immunity.

However, this same property might lead to increased transmission to the non-exposed, because of a lack of signs that contacts with the infected person(s) should be avoided - and for a disease as lethal as EHD, even a reduced mortality rate still means you should avoid it at all costs.

The idea of developing a modified live measles virus vaccine as an Ebola virus vaccine vector, which is what the Institut Pasteur is apparently doing, seems to be a very good one.  Measles is still a major potential problem in that part of the world, necessitating regular infant immunisations, and coupling anti-measles with an anti-Ebola vaccine in those countries is probably very good use of both a proven vaccine and existing EPI infrastructure.

 

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HIV Vaccine Investment

HIV Vaccine Investment | Virology News | Scoop.it
When it comes to HIV, the emphasis is firmly on HIV vaccines. that is the story at least when we take a look at where investment into HIV prevention is flowing. HIV vaccines are receiving…
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Great and very useful infographic.

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The Year in Pathogens

The Year in Pathogens | Virology News | Scoop.it
Ebola, MERS, and enterovirus D68; polio eradication efforts; new regulations on potentially dangerous research
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A little something to brighten up your New Year B-)

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CDC Calls Flu Levels Epidemic as the Virus Claims the Lives of At Least 15 Children

CDC Calls Flu Levels Epidemic as the Virus Claims the Lives of At Least 15 Children | Virology News | Scoop.it
The CDC recommends staying home and avoiding contact with other people if you exhibit symptoms of the flu. High risk groups include children younger than 4 as well as seniors.
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Zimbabwe: HIV Has Claimed 500000 Lives

Zimbabwe: HIV Has Claimed 500000 Lives | Virology News | Scoop.it
AT LEAST half a million Zimbabweans have died of HIV/AIDS related illnesses over the past 16 years, a senior government health official has said.
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Trial confirms Ebola vaccine candidate safe, equally immunogenic in Africa

Trial confirms Ebola vaccine candidate safe, equally immunogenic in Africa | Virology News | Scoop.it
Two experimental DNA vaccines to prevent Ebola virus and the closely related Marburg virus are safe, and generated a similar immune response in healthy Ugandan adults as reported in healthy US adults earlier this year.
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Tracing evolution of chicken flu virus yields insight into origins of deadly H7N9 virus

Tracing evolution of chicken flu virus yields insight into origins of deadly H7N9 virus | Virology News | Scoop.it
An international research team has shown how changes in a flu virus that has plagued Chinese poultry farms for decades helped create the novel avian H7N9 influenza A virus that has sickened more than 375 people since 2013.
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Ebola's reign of terror: since outbreak a year ago virus has killed almost 7000

Ebola's reign of terror: since outbreak a year ago virus has killed almost 7000 | Virology News | Scoop.it
Barack Obama called the epidemic a potential threat to global security – but only west Africa knows its true horror
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In South Africa, HIV-Positive Mothers Help Others Fight AIDS

In South Africa, HIV-Positive Mothers Help Others Fight AIDS | Virology News | Scoop.it
Mitchell Besser founded a lifesaving program to support pregnant women and new mothers infected with the virus.
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