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MERS coronavirus a bigger threat to Australia than Ebola, experts say

An infectious diseases expert has warned Australia is at greater risk from the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus than it was from Ebola, but Australian authorities insist the nation is prepared for any cases of the deadly disease. Read More

UMN scientists identify 2 mutations critical for MERS transmission from bats to humans

Researchers have identified two critical mutations allowing the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus to transmit from bats to humans. The findings were published in the most recent edition of the Journal of Virology. Read More

PETRI DISH ‘TOURNAMENT’ BACKS UP DIVERSITY THEORY

Weaker organisms can prevail against stronger ones—if they’re superior in number, experiments show. This acts as a driving mechanism in the maintenance of genetic diversity. Read More

Reenergizing antibiotics in the war against infections

(BOSTON) - Antibiotics are the mainstay in the treatment of bacterial infections, and together with vaccines, have enabled the near eradication of infectious diseases like tuberculosis, at least in developed countries. However, the overuse of antibiotics has also led to an alarming rise in resis... Read More

Queen's researchers in hospital superbug breakthrough

Researchers at Queen's University Belfast have developed a cutting-edge new medical therapy that could protect UK hospital patients against a lethal superbug. Read More

BacterioFiles 217 - Fungus Fortifies Fly Food

This episode: Fruit flies have microbes that help them get more nutrition out of low-quality food!


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Shining a stochastic spotlight on Ebola

The 2014 outbreak of Ebola virus disease, the worst since the disease first appeared in 1976, has claimed more than 11,000 lives in the West African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and a handful more in nearby Nigeria and Mali. Read More

Indian Woman Being Treated in U.S. for Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Infectious diseases carried around the world by air travelers have become a fact of modern life, with imported cases in just the last year of Ebola, Lassa fever and, now, a highly drug-resistant form of tuberculosis. Read More

Transgenic crops

Is there a change needed in the defining of transgenic crops as unnatural? It looks like cultivated sweet potato possess and expresses T-DNA from Agrobacterium species according to an article published a couple of months ago in PNAS

http://www.pnas.org/content/112/18/5844.abstract
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How the Epstein-Barr virus hides in human cells

Scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum München have now discovered how Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) conceals itself in human cells. A main culprit for its bad visibility by the immune system is the viral protein LMP2A. As published in the scientific journal PLOS Pathogens, the protein helps EBV-infected ce... Read More

Changes in HIV genetic code determine severity of disease

In a finding that furthers the understanding of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), researchers from Children's Hospital Los Angeles discovered two locations where a single difference in HIV's genetic code altered the way the virus infected the cell, thereby influencing the progression of the di... Read More

Study: Whooping cough resurgence due to vaccinated people not knowing they're infectious?

Whooping cough has made an astonishing comeback, with 2012 seeing nearly 50,000 infections in the U.S. (the most since 1955), and a death rate in infants three times that of the rest of the population. The dramatic resurgence has puzzled public health officials, who have pointed to the waning ef... Read More

Sleep Facilitates Memory By Inhibiting Dopamine Leaded Forgetting

Previous studies carried out by Neuroscience researchers suggested that sleep can boost memory. And the latest paper of the analysis done by the Scripps Research Institute was published in the journal Cell. Read More

Long-term effects of Ebolavirus infection

The thousands of survivors of the Ebolavirus outbreak in western Africa – more than at any other time – are fortunate to have survived the disease. However, their health problems are not behind them. A new study shows that the survivors of Ebolavirus have long-term sequelae more than 2 years aft... Read More

Ebola Vaccine Potential in Turmeric Curcumin

Recent scientific research studies confirm the potential of turmeric curcumin as a vaccine for Ebola virus disease. A review of the studies was published in the International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Pathophysiology and Drug Research in February 2015.
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Researchers successfully target 'Achilles' heel' of MERS virus

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A Purdue University-led team of researchers studying the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, have found molecules that shut down the activity of an essential enzyme in the virus and could lead the way to better treatments for those infected. Read More

First functional, synthetic immune organ with controllable antibodies created by engineers

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell University engineers have created a functional, synthetic immune organ that produces antibodies and can be controlled in the lab, completely separate from a living organism. The engineered organ has implications for everything from rapid production of immune therapies to ... Read More

DARPA: We Are Engineering the Organisms That Will Terraform Mars #syntheticbiology

It’s no secret that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is investing heavily in genetic engineering and synthetic biology. Whether that excites or terrifies you depends on how you feel about the military engineering totally new life forms. If you’re in the excitement camp, however, her... Read More

Helicobacter pylori infection leaves a fingerprint in gastric cancer

(Max-Planck-Gesellschaft) After an infection with Helicobacter pylori, gene activity in the gastric cells resembles the activity of cancer cells. Read More

SCIENTISTS ARE TESTING ZOLOFT TO TREAT EBOLA

When treated with the prescription drugs Zoloft and Vascor, mice infected with Ebola survived.

The new study was small and preliminary, but if the drugs prove effective in humans—a finding still years away—it could mean new treatments for the deadly disease. Read More
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