Virology
Flu is transmitted before symptoms appear, study suggests

Flu is transmitted before symptoms appear, study suggests

London: Research at Imperial College London examining influenza transmission in ferrets suggests that the virus can be passed on before the appearance of symptoms. If the finding applies to humans, it means that people pass on flu to others before they know they’re infected, making it very difficult to contain epidemics. more

Microbiologists find new way to fight viral illnesses

Microbiologists find new way to fight viral illnesses

Washington: By discovering how certain viruses use their host cells to replicate, University of California, Irvine microbiologists have identified a new approach to the development of universal treatments for viral illnesses such as meningitis, encephalitis, hepatitis and possibly the common cold. more

Major breakthrough in hepatitis C vaccine development

Major breakthrough in hepatitis C vaccine development

Sydney: Researchers at the Burnet Institute have solved a hepatitis C vaccine mystery which, once developed could be the first ever preventative vaccine for the virus. more

Scientists report successful vaccine developed against deadly Nipah virus

Scientists report successful vaccine developed against deadly Nipah virus

Washington: A team of federal and university scientists reports a major breakthrough in the development of a highly effective vaccine against the deadly Nipah virus. The results of their study, “A Hendra virus G glycoprotein subunit vaccine protects African green monkeys from Nipah virus challenge,” appears in Science Translational Medicine. more

Scientists describe antibodies that protect against large variety of flu viruses

Scientists describe antibodies that protect against large variety of flu viruses

Washington: A team led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute and Crucell Vaccine Institute in the Netherlands describes three human antibodies that provide broad protection against Influenza B virus strains. The same team had previously reported finding broadly neutralizing antibodies against Influenza A strains. more