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Topical news snippets about viruses that affect people.  And other things. Like zombies B-)
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A deadly task: writing about a fictional virus when you're a deskbound novelist

A deadly task: writing about a fictional virus when you're a deskbound novelist | Virology News | Scoop.it
Taylor Antrim embarked on a quest to ‘write difference’ with a deep dive into books on epidemics – but in clearing his concocted virus with some experts, he realized he was out of his depth and needed their help
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Fictional viruses...nice when they're plausible!

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Fear the Walking Dead Season 1: the Flu Shot Trailer

Subscribe to TV TRAILERS: http://goo.gl/Tdaljv Like us on FACEBOOK: http://goo.gl/JLxjfE Follow us on TWITTER: http://goo.gl/1T2OBg http://www.tvweb.com ...
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Oooooh...there's a link, maybe?

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One and two doses of HPV-16/18 vaccine as effective as three

The Cervarix vaccine may be as effective in one or two doses as it is with three.
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Campaign results in major boost for Cape Town HIV testing

Campaign results in major boost for Cape Town HIV testing | Virology News | Scoop.it
Hundreds of people have flocked to a mobile clinic set up at Cape Town's train station to undergo health screenings for HIV, TB and diabetes.
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Anti-vaccine trend has parents shunning newborns' vitamin shot

Anti-vaccine trend has parents shunning newborns' vitamin shot | Virology News | Scoop.it
The consequences of this choice can be severe, experts say
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So not only stupid - REALLY stupid!!

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Cuba Becomes The First Country To End Mother-To-Child HIV Transmissions

Cuba Becomes The First Country To End Mother-To-Child HIV Transmissions | Virology News | Scoop.it
The World Health Organization declared Cuba the first country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child on Tuesday,…
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The Influenza of 1918 - images and video

A selection of images from the collections at Sheffield Archives and Local Studies illustrating the impact of the influenza pandemic of 1918 - 1920 on the city.
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The History of Vaccines — Download

Download Here: http://tinyurl.com/nuhgype The History of Vaccines describes the compelling history of vaccination, from early smallpox immunization practices, ...
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Cat owners in Cape Town warned of deadly virus

Cat owners in Cape Town warned of deadly virus | Virology News | Scoop.it

Cape Town - At least 24 kittens in the south Peninsula have died in the past two months from a virus that is so deadly it can kill an animal within hours.

The panleukopaenia virus, also known as feline parvovirus, is highly contagious and extremely resilient. Unless killed off with disinfectant, the virus can remain in an area for two years.

There is no specific treatment available.

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And on a local note....vaccinate!!

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Bird flu threat escalates as virus mutates

Bird flu threat escalates as virus mutates | Virology News | Scoop.it
Controlling avian influenza, both locally and globally, is becoming increasingly difficult, with the virus keeping one step ahead of scientific understanding.
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Foreigner in Philippines tests positive for MERS virus

Foreigner in Philippines tests positive for MERS virus | Virology News | Scoop.it
A 36-year-old foreigner who arrived in the Philippines from the Middle East is under quarantine after testing positive for the MERS virus, health officials said Monday.
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The Norovirus: A Study in Puked [and other] Perfection

The Norovirus: A Study in Puked [and other] Perfection | Virology News | Scoop.it
Today, The Guardian relayed one of those stunning medical stories that causes me to clean off my glasses and take another look to make sure I'm reading it clearly. They report that an outbreak of n...
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Amazing - a couple of years on, and this post is STILL getting comments!  I think I said at the time, this'll just run, and run, and run...B-)

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Creating more effective vaccines against flu virus

Creating more effective vaccines against flu virus | Virology News | Scoop.it
Flu vaccines can be something of a shot in the dark. Not only must they be given yearly, there's no guarantee the strains against which they protect will be the ones circulating once the season arrives. New research by Rockefeller University scientists and their colleagues suggests it may be possible to harness a previously unknown mechanism within the immune system to create more effective and efficient vaccines against this ever-mutating virus.
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So: antibody-antigen complexes work better than antigen alone - and sialylation of the antibody is important.  Vaccinology really is entering the 21st century!

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In defence of Tim Hunt: Judge by actions, not words

Sexist comments made by my former boss Tim Hunt are not an indication that he is biased against women, argues Alessia Errico.

"From 2004 until December 2010, I worked as a scientist in the London laboratory of Tim Hunt. Given the media frenzy over his comments this month about women scientists, and the way he has been portrayed as sexist, you might think that I had a miserable time. Not at all; it was a great experience. He was an inspiring and supportive mentor. Not once did I feel that he treated me differently because I was a woman."

 

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About time some folk got out there and supported the poor man.

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No alien life on Philae comet

No alien life on Philae comet | Virology News | Scoop.it
A sensational claim that ESA’s Philae spacecraft has landed on a comet teeming with life doesn’t hold water
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Sadly...B-(

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FRONTLINE video: The Vaccine War

Produced by PBS http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/the-vaccine-war/ http://www.KJGreen.com.
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Pretty good!  Balanced view, inasmuch as one can balance these things.

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This Is What Happened to the First Person to Get the Rabies Vaccine

This Is What Happened to the First Person to Get the Rabies Vaccine | Virology News | Scoop.it
He received his inoculation directly from Louis Pasteur, on July 6, 1885
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Great story!

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Vaccine for West Nile Virus enters human clinical trials

Vaccine for West Nile Virus enters human clinical trials | Virology News | Scoop.it
A clinical trial of a new investigational vaccine designed to protect against West Nile Virus infection will be sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health.
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HIV vaccine faker gets sentenced to 4 years in prison

HIV vaccine faker gets sentenced to 4 years in prison | Virology News | Scoop.it
HIV vaccine faker gets sentence to 4 years in prison: A former Iowa State University scientist was sentenced t... http://t.co/jXd6uklCFD
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Scientists Exploit HIV's Sweet Tooth to Stop the Virus in its Tracks

Scientists Exploit HIV's Sweet Tooth to Stop the Virus in its Tracks | Virology News | Scoop.it
Scientists are consistently coming up with new ways that we might be able to beat serious illnesses like HIV, and novel new approach sees researchers attempting to starve the virus of sugar.
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Crystallising the tobacco mosaic virus

Crystallising the tobacco mosaic virus | Virology News | Scoop.it
We saw last week how sulphur dioxide released from the Laki fissure system accounted for many deaths due to poisoning. We will stay with poisons this week as well, for virus has its roots in the Latin term for “poison”
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Nice article - and from a newspaper in India, no less!  Adds to the history of virology in a very accessible way.

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Health Check: when are we most likely to catch viral diseases?

Health Check: when are we most likely to catch viral diseases? | Virology News | Scoop.it
Viruses cause all kinds of infections from relatively mild cases of the flu to deadly outbreaks of Ebola. Clearly, not all viruses are equal and one of these differences is when you can infect others.
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Great article!

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Suspected Congo Ebola victims test negative for the virus

Suspected Congo Ebola victims test negative for the virus | Virology News | Scoop.it
Six hunters in the Democratic Republic of Congo who fell sick and were suspected to have Ebola have tested negative for the virus, the health minister said on Saturday. The government and World Health Organization investigated a possible outbreak about 270 km (170 miles) northeast of the capital when the hunters developed Ebola-like symptoms after eating an antelope that appeared to be sick when they killed it. "All of the samples are negative ... There is not an Ebola epidemic," Health Minister
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First Measles Death in US Since 2003

First Measles Death in US Since 2003 | Virology News | Scoop.it
Shocking news today out of Washington state: For the first time since 2003, a resident of the United States has died of measles. If you wondered, based on my last post, what happens when measles infects unvaccinated people and travels with them in an untrackable manner, this is the answer: It sickens and kills people who are vulnerable for reasons over which they have no control.
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Shocking - and avoidable.  GET YOUR KIDS VACCINATED!!

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Superbug threat prompts West to revisit Soviet-era virus therapy

Superbug threat prompts West to revisit Soviet-era virus therapy | Virology News | Scoop.it
Alarmed by rising resistance to antibiotics scientists and governments are taking a fresh look at bacteria-chomping viruses first isolated a century ago from the stools of patients recovering from
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So nearly 100 years after Felix d'Herelle started championing phage therapy, the West is finally taking notice?  I't actually way past time that they were taken seriously: the Eliava Institute in Georgia has nearly that long a history (d'Herelle influenced the founder to start their enormous collection of phages) of successful treatment of bacterial infections, but westerners have stayed wedded to increasingly ineffective antibiotics for the last 70-something years.

I know what I might work on in my old age....

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