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Why it was "Bye, bye blackbirds..."

Why it was "Bye, bye blackbirds..." | Virology News | Scoop.it

It is generally a mystery how new diseases arise and how the pathogens that cause them first enter countries. However, clues may come from examination of specimens from similar outbreaks.  This approach has recently been taken by scientists at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna to trace the origin of the virus that caused a sudden decrease in the number of blackbirds in Vienna in 2001. The results are published in the current issue of the journal "Emerging Infectious Diseases."

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Molecular forensic virology: love it.  Now, if only I could get my hands on archived Maize streak virus-infected maize from the early 1900s....

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In the fight against HIV, cows emerge as powerful secret weapon

In the fight against HIV, cows emerge as powerful secret weapon | Virology News | Scoop.it
A new study finds that cows can produce antibodies that neutralize HIV, which may hold clues to a vaccine for humans.
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On 'Day Zero,' will Cape Town shut off its water?

On 'Day Zero,' will Cape Town shut off its water? | Virology News | Scoop.it
Cape Town, South Africa could be forced to cut off the majority of its taps in May. Water law expert Buzz Thompson talks about what could happen on "Day Zero."
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So where's the "dry tap" emoji when you need one??
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UCL-AHRI Symposium: Towards HIV and TB elimination in South Africa Tickets, Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 9:45 AM

UCL-AHRI Symposium: Towards HIV and TB elimination in South Africa Tickets, Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 9:45 AM | Virology News | Scoop.it
Eventbrite - UCL - Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) presents UCL-AHRI Symposium: Towards HIV and TB elimination in South Africa - Monday, February 12, 2018 at Roberts Foyer and Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre. Find event and ticket information.
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SK Chemicals licenses influenza vaccine technology to Sanofi Pasteur for US$155 mln

SK Chemicals licenses influenza vaccine technology to Sanofi Pasteur for US$155 mln | Virology News | Scoop.it
SK Chemicals Co., a South Korean vaccine maker, said Monday that it has signed a US$155 million deal to license its vaccine technology to Sanofi Pasteur Inc.
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Inovio Pharmaceuticals' Published Universal Flu Vaccine Data Demonstrates Protective Responses Against All Major, Lethal H1N1 Influenza Viruses From the Last 100 Years in Animal Models

Inovio Pharmaceuticals' Published Universal Flu Vaccine Data Demonstrates Protective Responses Against All Major, Lethal H1N1 Influenza Viruses From the Last 100 Years in Animal Models | Virology News | Scoop.it
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Jan. 22, 2018-- Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that Inovio’ s synthetic vaccine approach using a collection of synthetic DNA antigens generated broad protective antibod
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Tools that test for life in Arctic could work on Mars

Tools that test for life in Arctic could work on Mars | Virology News | Scoop.it
Researchers wanted to prove that existing technology could detect life on Mars, so they headed to a similar spot here on Earth: the Canadian high Arctic.
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Impact and Effectiveness of the Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus Vaccine: A Systematic Review of 10 Years of Real-world Experience | Clinical Infectious Diseases | Oxford Academic

Impact and Effectiveness of the Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus Vaccine: A           Systematic Review of 10 Years of Real-world Experience | Clinical Infectious Diseases | Oxford Academic | Virology News | Scoop.it
This systematic review assessed the global impact and effectiveness of quadrivalent human
papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination on HPV infection and diseas
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Scientists repurpose HPV vaccine technology to fight eye cancer

Scientists repurpose HPV vaccine technology to fight eye cancer | Virology News | Scoop.it
Uveal melanoma is a rare eye cancer that affects about 1,600 people in the United States. A study by scientists in the Center for Cancer Research and Aura Biosciences, Cambridge, Mass., published December 14, 2017, in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, provides new hope for the early treatment of uveal melanoma. Read more…
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New type of virus found in the ocean

New type of virus found in the ocean | Virology News | Scoop.it
A type of virus that dominates water samples taken from the world's oceans has long escaped analysis because it has characteristics that standard tests can't detect. However, researchers at MIT and the Albert Einstein Colleg
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It's like dark matter: viruses that evade established methods of detection. BUT we can back-check on collected data to see if they're there...
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Future astronauts could get water from ice on Mars - Futurity

Future astronauts could get water from ice on Mars - Futurity | Virology News | Scoop.it
Ice sheets just beneath the surface of Mars hold clues about the red planet's climate history—and could be a source of water for future explorers.
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I nearly died from the president's herbal HIV 'cure'

I nearly died from the president's herbal HIV 'cure' | Virology News | Scoop.it
The Gambia's former leader, Yahya Jammeh, who left the country a year ago after two decades in power, has been accused of many crimes.
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How the government shutdown will affect flu season across the U.S.

How the government shutdown will affect flu season across the U.S. | Virology News | Scoop.it
If the shutdown continues, mutant virus strains could be missed.
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A Recombinant Antibody-Expressing Influenza Virus Delays Tumor Growth in a Mouse Model

Influenza virus has potential as an anti-cancer agent. Hamilton et al. engineer antibody-expressing
influenza viruses and demonstrate that encoding a single-chain antibody blocking the
immune checkpoint CTLA4 enhances the anti-cancer activity of influenza virus. These
data suggest a strategy for improving the oncolytic nature of Orthomyxoviruses.
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Autoantibody to apolipoprotein A-1 in hepatitis C virus infection: a role in atherosclerosis? 

Autoantibody to apolipoprotein A-1 in hepatitis C virus infection: a role in atherosclerosis?  | Virology News | Scoop.it
Hepatol Int. 2018 Feb 8. doi: 10.1007/s12072-018-9842-5. [Epub ahead of print]
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Non-natural amino acid peptide microarrays to discover Ebola virus glycoprotein ligands

Non-natural amino acid peptide microarrays to discover Ebola virus glycoprotein ligands | Virology News | Scoop.it
We demonstrate a platform to screen a virus pseudotyped with Ebola virus glycoprotein (GP) against a library of peptides that contain non-natural amino acids to develop GP affinity ligands. This system could be used for rapid development of peptide-based antivirals for other emerging or neglected tropical in
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Surveillance reports and disease data on seasonal influenza

Surveillance reports and disease data on seasonal influenza | Virology News | Scoop.it
Surveillance reports and data: Disease data from ECDC Surveillance Atlas, Annual Epidemiological Reports, Surveillance reports.
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Nigerian vaccination campaigns may be threatened by new round of rumours

Nigerian vaccination campaigns may be threatened by new round of rumours | Virology News | Scoop.it

Social media rumours are putting Nigeria's vaccination campaigns at risk.


When a rumour surfaced in 2003 that Nigeria’s polio vaccine was possibly being contaminated with anti-fertility agents a boycott of the vaccine ensued and the country’s polio immunisation campaign was dealt a heavy blow. The boycott lasted for nearly 15 months – from February 2003 to July 2004 – and it had devastating consequences. The polio caseload shot up. And by 2008, Nigeria alone accounted for 86% of all the polio cases on the continent. Since the boycott the country has struggled to be declared polio free.

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The article explains how fatal consequences resulted when Nigerians decided to mass-boycott a polio vaccination, due to circulating rumours that the government had tainted the polio vaccine with an anti-fertility agent. This unfortunate and unnecessary loss of life reminds us of the importance of communication — all this could have been prevented if the government had properly communicated with the locals, informing them of the main components of the vaccine and assuring them of its safety. What is even more important is the building up of trust between the two parties. Though such an initiative might undoubtedly take time and effort, it would surely be worth it in order to allow the locals and the officials to move together to make the country a better place in solidarity.
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Officials urge calm after chicken sample from Hong Kong vendor tests positive for bird flu virus

Officials urge calm after chicken sample from Hong Kong vendor tests positive for bird flu virus | Virology News | Scoop.it
A chilled chicken sample from China found containing a bird flu virus was sold by a Hong Kong vendor, SCMP reports.
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US University under fire for off-the-grid herpes vaccine experiments

US University under fire for off-the-grid herpes vaccine experiments | Virology News | Scoop.it
Southern Illinois University's medical school has halted all herpes research, one of its most high-profile projects, amid growing controversy over a researcher's unauthorized methods offshore and in the U.S.
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WHO donates 20m doses of yellow fever vaccine

WHO donates 20m doses of yellow fever vaccine | Virology News | Scoop.it
Daily Trust: The World Health Organization (WHO) has promised to donate 20 million doses of vaccines annually towards eradicating yellow fever in the country.
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New Drug Capsule Provides a Week’s Really worth of HIV Medicine in a Single Dose

New Drug Capsule Provides a Week’s Really worth of HIV Medicine in a Single Dose | Virology News | Scoop.it
Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Clinic have created a capsule that can provide a week’s well worth of HIV drugs in a single dose. The new capsule is developed so that people can get it just after a week, and the drug will launch gradually all over the week. Researchers at MIT and …
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Strange Virus Threatens Texas Sea Turtles

Strange Virus Threatens Texas Sea Turtles | Virology News | Scoop.it
A strange virus is attacking endangered sea turtles along the Texas Gulf Coast.
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HPV by the numbers (Infographic)

HPV by the numbers (Infographic) | Virology News | Scoop.it
Since the HPV vaccine first became available in 2006, HPV infections have dropped by more than half among girls age 14 to 19 in the United States.
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Japanese flu is spreading – here are the signs you should watching out for

Japanese flu is spreading – here are the signs you should watching out for | Virology News | Scoop.it
Japanese flu is a type of influenza B which means it can only be spread from human to human
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Type A viral hepatitis: A summary and update on the molecular virology, epidemiology, pathogenesis and prevention

Although epidemic jaundice was well known to physicians of antiquity, it is only in
recent years that medical science has begun to unravel the origins of hepatitis A
virus (HAV) and the unique pathobiology underlying acute hepatitis A in humans. Improvements
in sanitation and the successful development of highly efficacious vaccines have markedly
reduced the worldwide occurence of this enterically-transmitted infection over the
past quarter century, yet the virus persists in vulnerable populations and those without
HAV immunity and remains a common cause of food-borne disease outbreaks in economically-advantaged
societies.
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