Virology
Scientists discover new technology breakthrough in fighting viral diseases

Scientists discover new technology breakthrough in fighting viral diseases

Singapore: As one of medicine’s largest challenges, viral infections often escape vaccines due to their natural ability to mutate rapidly and develop drug resistance easily. Many viruses, such as Zika, Ebola and dengue fever, have grown into major global health epidemics with great human and economic toll. more

New test spots all viruses that infect people, animals

New test spots all viruses that infect people, animals

Washington: Researchers have developed a new test that detects virtually any virus that infects people and animals, thereby advancing early detection of future outbreaks of deadly viruses such as Ebola, Marburg and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). more

Researchers propose better substances for treating the dengue virus

Researchers propose better substances for treating the dengue virus

Berlin: Researchers from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg are proposing potential new active substances for treating the dengue virus. Just like Ebola, dengue fever is also caused by a virus for which there is currently no cure and no vaccine and can be fatal. more

Researchers find way to extend shelf life of vaccines

Researchers find way to extend shelf life of vaccines

Washington: Researchers at Portland State University have found a way to preserve viruses in a glassy, dissolvable substance – a technique that could extend the shelf life of vaccines and allow for storage at room temperatures. more

Vaccine in sight for biggest hidden virus

Vaccine in sight for biggest hidden virus

London: A virus that most people have probably never heard of, yet most of us carry, is the number 1 infectious cause of congenital birth defects. One in 750 children are born with, or develop, permanent disabilities such as hearing loss or brain damage as a result of CMV (cytomegalovirus) infection in the womb. Major research efforts are underway to combat this invidious disease. more

Scientists discover a new class of molecular compounds capable of killing influenza virus

Scientists discover a new class of molecular compounds capable of killing influenza virus

Toronto: Simon Fraser University virologist Masahiro Niikura and his doctoral student Nicole Bance are among an international group of scientists that has discovered a new class of molecular compounds capable of killing the influenza virus. The group is led by University of British Columbia chemistry professor Stephen Withers. more

Hantaviruses first appeared in bats before spreading to rodents: Study

Hantaviruses first appeared in bats before spreading to rodents: Study

Sydney: Four new forms of Hantavirus, one of the most virulent pathogens transmitted from animals to humans, have been identified by international research contributed to by the University of Sydney. more

New norovirus strain could cause severe gastro epidemic

New norovirus strain could cause severe gastro epidemic

Sydney: The University of New South Wales (UNSW) researchers have discovered a new strain of norovirus that they warn could cause a severe epidemic of acute gastroenteritis in Australia this winter. more

Discovery leads to development of vaccine to help prevent deadly virus

Discovery leads to development of vaccine to help prevent deadly virus

Washington: A scientific discovery made in the laboratory of Christopher C Broder, professor of microbiology and immunology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), has led to the development of a vaccine to aid in the prevention of the deadly Hendra virus. On November 1, Pfizer Animal Health announced that the new vaccine, called Equivac HeV, is now available for use in Australia. more

Image of a virus caught in the act

Image of a virus caught in the act

Sydney: A dramatic image of a virus replicating and spreading through cells, destroying them as it goes, has been captured by the University of Sydney researchers. more