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Shining light on disease

Cyanine dyes could improve the efficiency of molecular probes in identifying, for example, the presence of a virus or a tumour receptor



Infectious disease molecular diagnostic portfolio expanded with the launch of Iam Toxo

The molecular division of DiaSorin, has further strengthened its infectious disease diagnostic portfolio supporting the health and wellbeing of immunocompromised patients with the launch of the Iam Toxo assay for the detection of Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii).



Neutron studies of HIV inhibitors

Neutron studies of HIV inhibitors reveal new areas for improvement in drug design to enhance performance, combat resistance and reduce dosage.



Novel full-range lentivirus platform from widely accessible core facility

SIRION Biotech announces its novel lentivirus portfolio for the most sophisticated in vitro applications.



Copper destroys norovirus

New research from the University of Southampton shows that copper and copper alloys will rapidly destroy norovirus - the highly-infectious sickness bug.



Anticancer drug stops deadly Ebola virus molecule in its tracks

Oxford scientists use Diamond Light Source to advance research into powerful anti-Ebola virus drugs



Ebola virus vaccines

New study highlights effectiveness of a herpesvirus cytomegalovirus-based vaccine against Ebola virus



Shingles underlies many infections in the brain

Shingles, which is caused by the chickenpox virus, can be an underestimated cause of infection in the brain. Long after the infection, patients may also develop problems with memory and other cognitive problems.



New virus may pose risk to wild salmon

Farmed fish are an increasingly important food source, with a global harvest now at 110 million tons and growing at more than 8 percent a year, but epidemics of infectious disease threaten this vital industry.



Map of herpes virus protein

Research reveals the unusual structure of the protein complex that allows a herpes virus to invade cells, a detailed map of a key piece of the herpes virus cell-entry machinery.



H1N1 vaccine protects against 1918 influenza virus

Researchers have determined people who were vaccinated against the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus may also be protected against the lethal 1918 Spanish influenza virus, which killed more than 50 million people worldwide.



Virus may trigger unusual immune cells to attack nerves

A virus infection can incite the body to attack its own nerve tissue by activating unusual, disease-fighting cells with receptors for both viral and nerve proteins.



Virus pulls bait and switch on vectors

A common plant virus lures aphids to infected plants by making the plants more attractive, but when the insects taste the plant, they quickly leave for tastier, healthier ones. In the process, the insects rapidly transmit the disease.



Genital herpes virus reactivation

A new study finds that the Herpes virus can frequently reactivate throughout the genital tract, an important new concept that could help guide both HSV-2 treatment and prevention.



New virus is not linked to chronic fatigue syndrome

New UK research, published in PLoS ONE, has not reproduced previous findings that suggested Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may be linked to a recently discovered virus.



Virus chauffeur useful elements into plants

Scientists for Texas AgriLife Research have gone the distance to show that at least some viruses can be put to work to help us.



West Nile Virus may remain in kidneys

A new study shows that people who have been infected with West Nile virus may have persistent virus in their kidneys for years after initial infection, potentially leading to kidney problems.



H1N1 influenza virus damages entire airway

In fatal cases of 2009 H1N1 influenza, the virus can damage cells throughout the respiratory airway, much like the viruses that caused the 1918 and 1957 influenza pandemics, report researchers.



Understanding the pathogenesis of H1N1 virus

Researchers have found that imaging can now be used as a tool for identifying severe cases of H1N1 and may play a key role in understanding the pathogenesis of the virus.



Lessons learned from H1N1 virus pandemic

A comprehensive study has revealed, for the first time, the impact of swine flu on the health of the general public in Australia and New Zealand.



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