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The Human Virome

By | November 1, 2016

Diverse viruses can be found commingling with human and bacteria cells in and on people’s bodies. Scientists are just beginning to understand how these viruses help and when they can turn pathogenic.

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An early-stage study of the effectiveness of a lung-cancer vaccine developed by scientists in Cuba could start as early as next month.

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Deep-Sea Viruses Destroy Archaea

By | October 12, 2016

Viruses are responsible for the majority of archaea deaths on the deep ocean floors, scientists show.

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image: Bacteria and Humans Have Been Swapping DNA for Millennia

Bacteria and Humans Have Been Swapping DNA for Millennia

By | October 1, 2016

Bacteria inhabit most tissues in the human body, and genes from some of these microbes have made their way to the human genome. Could this genetic transfer contribute to diseases such as cancer?

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Americas Declared Measles-Free

By | September 30, 2016

Health officials announce that measles is no longer endemic to any region in the Americas, thanks to widespread vaccination.

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Congress Approves $1.1 Billion for Zika

By | September 30, 2016

The money will go toward vaccine development and assisting communities at risk.

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Broadly Neutralizing Antibodies in HIV Patients

By | September 28, 2016

Researchers identify aspects of the patient, the virus, and the infection itself that influence whether a person with HIV will produce broadly neutralizing antibodies.

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Life Scientists Receive “Genius” Grants

By | September 22, 2016

Among this year’s 23 MacArthur Foundation Fellows are pioneering biologists.

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image: Another DNA Vaccine for Zika Shows Promise

Another DNA Vaccine for Zika Shows Promise

By | September 22, 2016

A plasmid-based vaccine against the virus is immunogenic in mice and protects Rhesus macaques against infection, researchers report.

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image: Neonatal Gut Bacteria Might Promote Asthma

Neonatal Gut Bacteria Might Promote Asthma

By | September 12, 2016

Byproducts of gut microbes in some 1-month–old babies trigger inflammation that is linked to later asthma development, researchers find.

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