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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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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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Image of the Day: Painting with Viruses

By The Scientist Staff | October 31, 2017

Researchers have used a modified rabies virus and fluorescent proteins to tag individual nerve cells in the mouse visual cortex. 

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A Single Mutation in Zika Led to Devastating Effects

By Anna Azvolinsky | September 28, 2017

One amino acid change within a viral structural protein makes the difference between mild cases of brain damage and severe microcephaly in mice.

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Kate Rubins Was the First to Sequence DNA in Space

By Aggie Mika | September 1, 2017

The virologist turned NASA astronaut pioneered DNA sequencing in space and conducted experiments in microgravity.

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Zika Linked to More Neurological Problems in Adults

By Kerry Grens | August 14, 2017

A review of several dozen hospitalized patients in Brazil finds neurological conditions, including inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, in addition to Guillain-Barre syndrome.

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Study Tracks Gender Ratios at Conferences

By Aggie Mika | July 31, 2017

While men make up the majority of invited speakers at four major virology conferences, recent trends demonstrate a greater inclusion of women. 

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