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The results suggest the virus could severely alter brain development in infants infected after birth, but blocking a signaling protein early on might ease certain symptoms.

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Nipah Virus Kills 10 in India

By Kerry Grens | May 22, 2018

Fruit bats are a reservoir for the disease, which can cause brain damage.

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Image of the Day: Jasper the Cat

By The Scientist Staff | May 22, 2018

Researchers found a previously undiscovered hepadnavirus in an immunocompromised cat.

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The drugs’ disruption of the microbiome makes a subsequent flavivirus infection more severe.

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Image of the Day: Giant Virus

By The Scientist Staff | February 28, 2018

The Tupanvirus is named for the South American Guarani God of Thunder.

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How Viruses Attack Plants

By Claire Asher | February 1, 2018

Viruses are incapable of reproducing without the help of a host, whose cells copy their genetic material and fabricate the building blocks of new virus particles.

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Researchers Learn from Plant Viruses to Protect Crops

By Claire Asher | February 1, 2018

Plants are locked in an ancient arms race with hostile viruses, but genome editing is giving crops the upper hand.

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image: Viruses Related to Zika May Also Harm Fetuses

Viruses Related to Zika May Also Harm Fetuses

By Ruth Williams | January 31, 2018

Studies in mice suggest that other flaviviruses, such as West Nile virus and Powassan virus, may cause birth defects, too. 

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Federal Ban Lifted on Studying Most Dangerous Pathogens

By Kerry Grens | December 20, 2017

Only a few labs will earn funding for such “gain-of-function” research on SARS, MERS, and other deadly diseases.

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From analyses of surface protein evolution to tweets on social media, scientists are gathering all the data they can to accurately predict influenza dynamics.

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