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Establishing a CRISPR–Cas-like immune system conferring DNA virus resistance

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Establishing a CRISPR–Cas-like immune system conferring DNA virus resistance ...
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To test our approach, we employed the monopartite-genome geminivirus BSCTV and two of its hosts, Arabidopsis thaliana (Col-0) and N.
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In plants!!

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Old-school and current vaccines have no link to autism (again), study says

Multiple vaccines containing the preservative thimerosal, administered to macaque monkeys on the schedule that pediatricians followed in the 1990s, resulted in none of the key brain or behavioral changes linked to autism, a new study shows.
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A-forkin-men, it should be - but it won't.

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Voluntary HIV counselling and testing taken to families in Rwanda

Voluntary HIV counselling and testing taken to families in Rwanda | Virology News | Scoop.it
The African Evangelical Enterprise (AEE) Rwanda, a local nongovernmental organisation, has stepped up efforts to scale up access to HIV testing, counselling and treatment with a one-month campaign expected to cover 8,000 families in Gatsibo District.
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Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation: Study Coordinator | NGO Pulse

Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation: Study Coordinator | NGO Pulse | Virology News | Scoop.it
The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) is a registered nonprofit organisation focused on the pursuit of excellence in research, treatment, training and prevention of HIV and related infections in Southern Africa.  The DTHF seeks to appoint a Study...
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Test detects all viruses that infect you and your pet

Test detects all viruses that infect you and your pet | Virology News | Scoop.it
A new test called ViroCap can detect thousands of viruses that make people and animals sick.
The test is as sensitive as the gold-standard laboratory tests—called polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays.
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USDA Approves Avian Influenza Vaccine

USDA Approves Avian Influenza Vaccine | Virology News | Scoop.it
Chicken and turkey producers have a new weapon in the fight against the deadly and highly contagious avian flu: a drug from Harrisvaccines.
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Spectral evidence for hydrated salts in recurring slope lineae on Mars

Spectral evidence for hydrated salts in recurring slope lineae on Mars | Virology News | Scoop.it
Transient streaks that appear seasonally on Martian slopes are consistent with brine flows, but evidence of water or salts has been lacking. Analysis of spectral data reveals hydrated salts associated with the streaks, confirming a briny origin.
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And where there's life, there's viruses. Obviously B-)

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Condylomas negative for Papillomavirus? – Do not take No for an answer!

Condylomas negative for Papillomavirus? – Do not take No for an answer! | Virology News | Scoop.it

Genital warts or Condylomas are the most common viral sexually transmitted disease in the world. Although genital warts should, essentially by definition, be caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a minority of about 4% of condylomas are testing HPV-negative even when tested with several different “general” primer PCR systems that should detect all possible HPVs. However, using deep sequencing of 40 apparently “HPV-negative” condylomas, we found HPV in 37/40 samples. The HPVs found by sequencing were either already known HPVs (that should have been detected in the first place but for some reason were not) or previously unknown ones that are not detected by general primer PCR. With the proportion of “HPV-negative” condylomas now being down to 0,3%, there is reason to ask if HPV-negative condylomas actually exist as a biological entity or are merely a result of error in either diagnosis, sampling or testing.

 
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OK, time to scrape that bump on my foot and do some sequencing...B-)  I've actually been to that lab, just last year; impressive crew.

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New drugs reawaken latent HIV to eradicate virus

New drugs reawaken latent HIV to eradicate virus | Virology News | Scoop.it
In a new study, researchers reveal how they used a class of drugs called Smac mimetics to reawaken and destroy latent HIV, opening the door to a cure for the virus.
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Possible JC Virus Vaccination Offers Important Implications for MS Treatment

Possible JC Virus Vaccination Offers Important Implications for MS Treatment | Virology News | Scoop.it
Read about the possibility of a vaccine against the JC virus and its implications for MS treatment.
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New clues on the history of the smallpox vaccine virus

New clues on the history of the smallpox vaccine virus | Virology News | Scoop.it

Given the fear that the variola virus could be reintroduced to humans in weaponized form, new generations of smallpox vaccines are highly needed. A new study provides fresh insights on the relationship among the vaccinia strains used to eradicate smallpox in the world and indicates that differently than previously thought, the Dryvax virus that led to the second-generation of smallpox vaccine in the USA is closely related to the Brazilian strain and might as well have come from the French and not the English strain, as previously thought.


Poxvirus picture from Russell Kightley Media

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Flu virus develops inside mouth's soft tissue before spreading through the air

Flu virus develops inside mouth's soft tissue before spreading through the air | Virology News | Scoop.it
In discovering the exact location where a virus breeds inside the body, researchers can now identify which viruses will most likely evolve into a pandemic, and find better ways to predict and consequently prevent flu transmission.
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Good job I no longer have a soft palate then!

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New Chip-Based Technology to Detect Ebola Virus

New Chip-Based Technology to Detect Ebola Virus | Virology News | Scoop.it
Researchers have developed a chip-based technology that can be integrated into a portable instrument for use in field situations where rapid, accurate detection of Ebola infections is needed to control outbreaks.
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Children With HIV More Likely to Die of Malaria

Children With HIV More Likely to Die of Malaria | Virology News | Scoop.it
The research, which looked at 3,000 Malawian children, partially resolves a question that has long puzzled H.I.V. specialists.
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Deadly Choices: How the Anti Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All

Deadly Choices How the Anti Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All Grab eBook (PDF) Here http://bit.ly/1Kfz3z3.
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World first trial of Tasmanian devil vaccine begins in the wild

World first trial of Tasmanian devil vaccine begins in the wild | Virology News | Scoop.it
The fight to save the Tasmanian devil from a deadly cancer decimating their populations has been buoyed today by the first release of animals vaccinated against the disease.
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Novavax RSV vaccine found safe for pregnant women, fetus

Novavax RSV vaccine found safe for pregnant women, fetus | Virology News | Scoop.it
Novavax Inc said data from a mid-stage study showed that immunizing pregnant women with its vaccine for a common respiratory virus was safe and could protect infants.
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Influenza A viruses more likely to emerge in East Asia than North America

Novel strains of influenza A, the most common type of flu virus, are more likely to emerge in East Asia than in North America, according to a global analysis by the One Health Institute at the UC
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Creative writing: A world of pure imagination :

Creative writing: A world of pure imagination : | Virology News | Scoop.it

The creative process of writing science-inspired fiction can be rewarding — and the untapped niche is rich in opportunities for originality.

 
 
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But you can get into trouble B-)

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Watch out for Rift Valley Fever during El Nino, Kenyans told

Watch out for Rift Valley Fever during El Nino, Kenyans told | Virology News | Scoop.it
Watch out for Rift Valley Fever during El Nino, Kenyans told

Following the warning over a looming El Nino rains in the country, Kenyans have been urged to ensure that they live in clean environments free from mosquitoes and other diseases transmitting agents.

Consequently, Kenyans have been urged to remain vigilant and avoid consuming uninspected meat to avert contracting the deadly Rift Valley Fever.

 

RVFV graphic from Russell Kightley Media

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Newly discovered insect virus could combat invasive ants

Newly discovered insect virus could combat invasive ants | Virology News | Scoop.it

Like colonial Europeans carrying smallpox to the Americas, the tiny brown Argentine ant may be harboring a dangerous virus that’s killing the world’s already vulnerable honey bees. That’s the conclusion of a new study, which also finds that the ants have their own disease to worry about—one that scientists could target to limit the spread of this invasive species.

 
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Stanford team re-engineers HBV core to deliver therapies to cells

Stanford team re-engineers HBV core to deliver therapies to cells | Virology News | Scoop.it
Researchers stripped a virus of its infectious machinery and turned its benign core into a delivery vehicle that can target sick cells while leaving healthy tissue alone.
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The New Technique That Finds All Known Human Viruses in Your Blood

The New Technique That Finds All Known Human Viruses in Your Blood | Virology News | Scoop.it
And some unknown ones, too
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Great technique!

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Hepatitis B-like Virus Found in US Great Lakes Fish Species

Hepatitis B-like Virus Found in US Great Lakes Fish Species | Virology News | Scoop.it
A hepatitis B-like virus has been found for the first time in fish. A team of USGS researchers found the virus in white sucker from the Great Lakes Region using gene-sequencing technologies.
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Widening the evolutionary range....

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