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TWiV 115: Color me infected

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TWiV 115 Letters

Vinayaka writes:


Some additional info that I gathered on viruses on the verge of elimination (may or may not be new to you):


It appears that the next virus on the list of FAO to eradicate is PPR virus ( Read More

Malaysia delays release of GM mosquito designed to combat dengue fever after environmentalist protests

Malaysia has delayed a landmark field trial to release genetically modified mosquitoes designed to combat dengue fever, an official said Tuesday, following protests from environmentalists.

In the first experiment of its kind in Asia, 4,000-6,000 male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes were originally s... Read More

AIDS gel prevents infection in monkeys

An experimental gel protected female monkeys from the AIDS virus in a test designed to mimic human sexual transmission, researchers said on Wednesday.

The gel uses an AIDS drug along with a zinc compound and protected all animals tested from infection with the monkey version of HIV, the resea... Read More

Chilean Researchers Working on Alcoholism Vaccine

A team of researchers in Chile are working to come up with a vaccine against alcoholism. If successful, the patient will get a shot a month and not crave alcohol anymore.

The genetic therapy is based on aldehyde dehydrogenase, a group of enzymes that metabolize alcohol and are thus responsibl... Read More

Circumcision helps stop wart virus, study finds

Researchers have documented yet another health benefit for circumcision, which can protect men against the AIDS virus, saying it can protect their wives and girlfriends from a virus that causes cervical cancer.

Wives and girlfriends of circumcised men had a 28 percent lower rate of infection ... Read More

Impact Of Flu Vaccine Opt-Out Is Being Seen As A(H1N1) Returns To Europe

As the UK and a number of European countries are now experiencing epidemics of influenza, including A(H1N1) which was the 2009 pandemic virus, the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) warns that the consequences of non-vaccination could emerge as a new flu e... Read More

World-first dengue trial launched in Cairns

Researchers at Cairns in far north Queensland are launching a biological assault on dengue fever with the release of thousands of specially-bred mosquitoes.

The world-first field trial is being staged in Cairns and aims to wipe out dengue fever.

Thousands of mosquitos bred in a laboratory ... Read More

Princeton Researchers Construct Wholly Artificial Proteins That Can Sustain Cell Life

In a breakthrough that’s sure to stir up some controversy, Princeton researchers have reported that they have for the first time created artificial proteins from scratch in the lab that have enabled the growth of living cells. To achieve this, they created genetic sequences never seen in nature ... Read More

Possible Role For Bacteria In Atherosclerosis

Dr. Emil Kozarov and a team of researchers at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine have identified specific bacteria that may have a key role in vascular pathogenesis, specifically atherosclerosis, or what is commonly referred to as "hardening of the arteries" - the number one caus... Read More

Vaccination Goes From Bug Infection to Drug Injection

To date, the notion of inoculating people against drug use is a symbolic one – the idea being that anything from positive peer pressure to self esteem can render people resistant to the lure of drugs.

But such inoculation may soon become a much more literal concept: By combining a cocaine ana... Read More

Nose May Be Best Place to Screen for MRSA Infection

A new study finds that people with high levels of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria in the nose are more likely to have other areas of the body colonized by MRSA, which can cause potentially fatal infections.

Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital wanted to assess the ... Read More

Pesky Bacterial Slime Reveals Its Survival Secrets

By rethinking what happens on the surface of things, engineers at Harvard University have discovered that Bacillus subtilis biofilm colonies exhibit an unmatched ability to repel a wide range of liquids -- and even vapors.

Centimeters across yet only hundreds of microns thick, such slimy bact... Read More

Herpes Virus' Tactical Maneuver Visualized in 3-D

For the first time, researchers have developed a 3-D picture of a herpes virus protein interacting with a key part of the human cellular machinery, enhancing our understanding of how it hijacks human cells to spread infection and opening up new possibilities for stepping in to prevent or treat i... Read More

Derek Smith on antigenic cartography

Derek Smith, Professor of Infectious Disease Informatics, University of Cambridge, U.K., has developed a method for visualizing antigenic evolution by creating two-dimensional maps in a process called antigenic cartography. These maps are made with data that provide information on the antigen... Read More

Something in the Air Is Brewing

It seems that no part of Brooklyn can be left untouched by its ever-striving culinary scene, even its bacteria.

As part of his ongoing “Mad Scientist” series of limited-release drafts, Shane Welch, the founder of Six Point Craft Ales in Red Hook, plans to tame the wild yeasts swirling about N... Read More

Haiti to get cholera vaccination

The World Health Organization will start vaccinating in April to help stem the cholera epidemic in Haiti, which has killed over 3300.

The vaccine hasn't been used before, partly to focus medical resources on treating cases, but also because little is available, as vaccination is not standard ... Read More

Europe and North America brace for flu surge

Europe and North America are braced for a surge in flu cases as schools resume after the holidays.

Schoolchildren are the main carriers of seasonal flu, and epidemics often reflect school schedules. The winter flu that is already pushing intensive care services to capacity in the UK has been ... Read More

34,000-Year-Old Organisms Found Buried Alive!

It's a tale that has all the trappings of a cult 1960s sci-fi movie: Scientists bring back ancient salt crystals, dug up from deep below Death Valley for climate research. The sparkling crystals are carefully packed away until, years later, a young, unknown researcher takes a second look at the ... Read More

Chicken pox vaccine: Make it a double

The odds of developing chicken pox are 95 percent lower in children who have received two doses of the vaccine, compared to those who have received only one.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began recommending a single dose of chicken pox (varicella) vaccine for children a... Read More
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