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How to make a Zika virus vaccine, in 4 not-so-easy steps

Vox - ‎Feb 11, 2016‎
The basic idea behind vaccines is simple: Expose people to a non-dangerous form of a virus, and their bodies' immune systems will bolster their defenses, protecting them from future encounters with the virus. But in practice, developing a new vaccine ...
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Herpes outbreak, other marine viruses linked to coral bleaching event

Phys.Org - ‎22 hours ago‎
A major coral bleaching event took place on this part of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Credit: Oregon State University. A study at Oregon State University has concluded that significant outbreaks of viruses may be associated with coral bleaching ...
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Check Out These Vintage Computer Viruses at the Malware Museum

Smithsonian - ‎Feb 11, 2016‎
Getting a computer virus these days is a very different experience than it was during the 1980s and '90s. Today, malware operators are stealthy, writing programs that will lurk silently in your computer, waiting for the opportunity to steal your credit ...

DIY kit that will potentially diagnose the different viruses carried by a mosquito

KTAL - ‎1 hour ago‎
A Vanderbilt University study compared genes from the long-extinct Neanderthal population to health records of 28,000 adults with European ancestry.
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Scientists Investigate How Viruses Like Zika Cause Birth Defects

New York Times - ‎Feb 8, 2016‎
Where birth defects are concerned, however, the Zika virus is far from unique. A number of other viruses, such as rubella and cytomegalovirus, pose a serious risk during pregnancy.
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Virus Profilers Race To Figure Out What Makes Zika Tick

NPR - ‎Feb 9, 2016‎
When Carolyn Coyne's lab at the University of Pittsburgh recently tried to order a sample of Zika virus from a major laboratory supplier, they were told it was out of stock.
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Take a Trip to a Time When Viruses Still Called You Names

WIRED - ‎Feb 8, 2016‎
It was called the Casino virus. If it infected your machine, it would remove all files from your hard drive and challenge you to a game.

News Outlets Examine Zika's History, Related Viruses, Other Diseases Responsible For Microcephaly

Kaiser Family Foundation - ‎Feb 11, 2016‎
The yellow fever virus that plagued Memphis [in 1878] eventually lent the Latin version of its name ('flavus,' meaning 'yellow') to the group of viruses that share its molecular characteristics. In addition to yellow fever, the flaviviruses include ...
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As Zika virus arrives in US, NC left without mosquito monitoring program

WRAL.com - ‎22 hours ago‎
Raleigh, N.C. - North Carolina lacks the ability to track and combat the spread of mosquitoes as the Zika virus that has been blamed for brain-damaged babies in Brazil makes its way into the United States, according to the state's chief epidemiologist.

A trip to the Malware Museum: computer viruses as animations, taunts and art

The Guardian - ‎Feb 8, 2016‎
They may have crippled computers and cost billions, but the computer viruses unleashed in the 1980s and 1990s could be provocative works of art, too.
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How Can Viruses Like Zika Cause Birth Defects?

Smithsonian - ‎Feb 4, 2016‎
In adults, the symptoms of the Zika virus are relatively mild—rashes, fever, joint pain, malaise. Most who are infected may not even know it.
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Recipe for Kids' Asthma Flares: School Plus Cold Viruses

MedPage Today - ‎Feb 9, 2016‎
Asthma exacerbations among children exhibit a consistent annual pattern, closely mirroring the school calendar, and the primary driver of the "September epidemic" is the return of children to the classroom and the resultant exposure to respiratory ...

Doctors tracking viruses in Midlands amid flu season and Zika threat

Live 5 News - ‎Feb 10, 2016‎
The Centers For Disease Control has ramped up its response to the Zika virus here in the U.S. The Obama Administration is also asking Congress for $1.8 billion in emergency funding for the fight against the virus.

1-in-10 Irish devices infected with viruses, but that's better than EU average

Siliconrepublic.com - ‎Feb 9, 2016‎
New findings from the European Union (EU) on the spread of computer viruses on the continent has revealed that a tenth of all Irish device owners have received a virus at some point, but that's better than the EU average. The EU report was looking at ...
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UW-Madison research team starts work on Zika virus infection

News-Medical.net - ‎Feb 11, 2016‎
"He asked about using some of the technologies we have developed to look for new viruses to study some unusual cases of a birth defect, microcephaly, in the north of Brazil," says O'Connor, a University of Wisconsin-Madison pathology professor.
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Why Are We Seeing an Explosion of New Viruses Like Zika?

Huffington Post - ‎Jan 31, 2016‎
Zika virus, Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus, Nipah virus, Hendra virus, bird flu, swine flu -- these viruses have all grabbed international attention in recent years.

All about the microbes

UD Daily - ‎Feb 10, 2016‎
They have ominous-sounding names - bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae, protozoa - but without the work of microbes life as we know it would not exist.
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Pregnant mom's immune response to viruses may increase risk of autism

Ars Technica - ‎Feb 2, 2016‎
Most of the mutations associated with autism spectrum disorder affect genes involved in brain development, as you'd expect. But there's also a link between the immune system and ASD: viral infection during pregnancy may lead to more cases of ASD in ...
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Smart Science: Wolbachia Bacteria Might Stop Zika and Dengue Viruses

Forbes - ‎Feb 4, 2016‎
A funny-sounding bacteria that you've never heard of—Wolbachia—will likely be an important weapon in the fight against Zika, dengue and other viruses plaguing the tropics. These arbovirus infections have been exploding in Latin America and the ...
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Experimental HIV Shot Piggybacks on Cold Viru...

WebMD - ‎Feb 2, 2016‎
In the study, the researchers piggybacked an experimental HIV vaccine onto two types of cold virus -- adenovirus serotype 26 and adenovirus serotype 35.
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