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Contributors

By | March 1, 2014

Meet some of the people featured in the March 2014 issue of The Scientist.

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Viruses Reconsidered

By | March 1, 2014

The discovery of more and more viruses of record-breaking size calls for a reclassification of life on Earth.  

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European Researchers Urge H5N1 Caution

By | January 2, 2014

A group of scientists has called on the European Commission to evaluate the risks and benefits of research that could make deadly viruses more transmissible.

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How HIV Destroys Immune Cells

By | December 19, 2013

During HIV infection, CD4 T cells in lymphoid tissues initiate a highly inflammatory form of cell death that helps cripple the immune system.  

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HIV’s Stealth Revealed

By | November 21, 2013

HIV-1 evades the immune system with a protein shield, which can be lifted.

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Nipah Protein Structure Revealed

By | November 18, 2013

The structure of a key protein of the deadly virus could serve as a stepping stone to antiviral therapy.

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HIV Structural Studies Undermine Prior Work

By | November 4, 2013

New research on the structure of the surface protein the virus uses to infiltrate human cells clashes with an earlier paper’s findings, causing some scientists to call for a retraction.

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Fighting Viruses with RNAi

By | October 10, 2013

The long-debated issue of whether mammals can use RNA interference as an antiviral defense mechanism is finally put to rest.

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Focus on the Host

By | September 18, 2013

A patient response-based gene expression signature can distinguish respiratory infections caused by viruses from those of bacterial or fungal origin.

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Portrait of an HIV Conspirator

By | September 12, 2013

The three-dimensional structure of CCR5, a protein which HIV uses to infect humans' cells, could lead to better anti-HIV drugs.

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