Engaging in unprotected sex with multiple partners increases the risk of contracting multiple strains of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Once inside a host, these strains can recombine into … Continue Reading A previously unclassified aggressive form of HIV discovered in Cuba.
Antibiotic-resistant infections are on the rise, foiling efforts to reduce death rates in developing countries where uncontrolled use of antibiotics and poor sanitation run amok. The epidemic of ‘superbugs,’ bacteria … Continue Reading Bacteriophages encoded from antibiotic-resistant bacteria DNA, used to destroy parent bacteria.
Researchers from the LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine have identified the fragment of the Ebola virus protein that is toxic to cells and may contribute to infection and … Continue Reading Breakthrough as scientists identify, map and model the toxic fragment of the Ebola virus.
The outbreak of the Ebola virus disease occurring in West Africa may have originated from contact between humans and virus-infected bats, suggests a study led by researchers from the Robert … Continue Reading Researchers investigate animal host for the origin of the West African Ebola epidemic.
A team of scientists, led by researchers at The Wistar Institute, has found that an infection with herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) causes rearrangements in telomeres, small stretches of DNA … Continue Reading Researchers map previously unseen herpes-telomere interaction.
The rapid evolution of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which has allowed the virus to develop resistance to patients’ natural immunity, is at the same time slowing the virus’s ability … Continue Reading Research suggests ability of HIV to cause AIDS is slowing.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated in a release that human sperm can carry the Ebola virus for at least 82 days, urging men recovering from the disease to use condoms … Continue Reading Four studies find Ebola virus in semen of men who have recovered from the disease.
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can insert itself at different locations in the DNA of its human host, and this specific integration site determines how quickly the disease progresses, report … Continue Reading HIV virulence depends on where virus inserts itself in human host DNA.
A new United States Army contracted study has found it is possible to distinguish between different hemorrhagic fevers, including Marburg (Ebola cousin) and Lassa before the person becomes symptomatic. The embargoed … Continue Reading RNA test diagnoses Lassa and Marburg hemorrhagic viruses before symptoms show.
DEET has been the gold standard of insect repellents for more than six decades, and now researchers from the University of California, Davis, scientist have discovered the exact odorant receptor … Continue Reading Scientists discover exact receptor for DEET that repels mosquitoes.
One of the human body’s first responses to a viral infection is to make and release signalling proteins called interferons, which amplify the immune system response to viruses. Over time, … Continue Reading Ebola protein blocks early step in body’s counterattack on virus.