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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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How Corpse-Eating Beetles Avoid Infection

By Yao-Hua Law | June 1, 2018

Some beetle species may have evolved to tunnel into the ground to escape the pathogens that abound on dead and rotting animals.

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Ruth Nussenzweig, Malaria Researcher, Dies

By Jim Daley | April 6, 2018

The microbiologist’s research led to the development of the first human malaria vaccine.

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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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Shotgun Sequencing Outdone by Amplicon

By Catherine Offord | August 8, 2017

The shotgun approach, typically thought to be the superior method, may substantially underestimate diversity in environments that have not already been classified, researchers find.

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Snake Secrets

By The Scientist Staff | June 1, 2017

See a boa species that scientists hadn't witnessed alive in more than 50 years.

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Locals helped researchers find the extremely rare boa.

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Drastic Cuts to Brazil’s Federal Science Budget

By Kerry Grens | April 4, 2017

The 44 percent drop in funding is disproportionately large compared to overall reductions in government spending.

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WHO: No Zika Cases Among Olympics Attendees

By Ben Andrew Henry | August 29, 2016

The World Health Organization reports zero laboratory-confirmed infections stemming from the Games in Rio, noting, however, that some cases may have gone undetected.

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Improving Zika Virus Detection in Infants

By Catherine Offord | June 30, 2016

Head circumference is not an accurate indicator of viral infection in newborns, researchers report.

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