First childhood flu helps explain why virus hits some people harder than others

Taking temperature of child (stock image).Credit: © ladysuzi / Adobe Stock Why are some people better able to fight off the flu than others? Part of the answer, according to a new study, is related to the first flu strain we encounter in childhood.advertisement Scientists from UCLA and the University of Arizona have found that people’s […]

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Injection of virus-delivered gene silencer blocks ALS degeneration, saves motor function

Writing in Nature Medicine, an international team headed by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine describe a new way to effectively deliver a gene-silencing vector to adult amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) mice, resulting in long-term suppression of the degenerative motor neuron disorder if treatment vector is delivered prior to disease onset, and […]

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Taking shape: Scientists propose new structure for shell of HIV-1 virus

The matrix shell of the HIV-1 virus may have a different shape than previously thought, and a newly proposed model has significant implications for understanding how the virus functions, according to a new study by University of Alberta scientists.advertisement The research suggests that the HIV-1 virus is housed within a spherical matrix shell. When it […]

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Breakthrough in Zika virus vaccine

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have made significant advances in developing a novel vaccine against Zika virus, which could potentially lead to global elimination of the disease.advertisement The virology team, led by Professor Eric Gowans and Dr Branka Grubor-Bauk — based at the Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research and supported by The […]

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Scientists uncover structure of key pneumonia virus enzyme

A team of molecular and structural biologists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have found a potential new route to disabling respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and human metapneumovirus (HMPV) after elucidating the structure of one of its key components.advertisement RSV and HMPV are two closely related viruses causing severe and life-threatening respiratory diseases such […]

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