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An artist’s rendering of a DNA-based virus trap, represented as gray rods in a short cone-shaped arrangement. One is coated with blue molecules, likely antibodies, that adhere to a virus target. Another image shows to traps coming together to capture a red coronavirus.
“Origami” DNA Traps Could Keep Large Viruses From Infecting Cells
By engineering structures out of DNA, scientists could potentially prevent larger viruses, like coronaviruses and influenza viruses, from interacting with cells.
“Origami” DNA Traps Could Keep Large Viruses From Infecting Cells
“Origami” DNA Traps Could Keep Large Viruses From Infecting Cells

By engineering structures out of DNA, scientists could potentially prevent larger viruses, like coronaviruses and influenza viruses, from interacting with cells.

By engineering structures out of DNA, scientists could potentially prevent larger viruses, like coronaviruses and influenza viruses, from interacting with cells.

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Insects Pass Antiviral Immunity to Offspring
Abby Olena, PhD | Dec 17, 2020 | 4 min read
In both Drosophila and mosquitoes, protection lasts for generations following a single maternal exposure to positive-sense single-stranded RNA viruses.
mouse foot 28 days post chikungunya infection
Image of the Day: Viral Residue
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 30, 2019 | 1 min read
Genetic material from the chikungunya virus remains in mouse cells after infection and may be linked to later joint pain.
A Triple Threat
Ashley P. Taylor | May 22, 2017 | 2 min read
The mosquitoes that carry Zika may be able to transmit two other viruses at the same time.
Texas Considers GM Mosquitoes
Kerry Grens | Mar 28, 2017 | 1 min read
In an effort to prevent the spread of Zika virus, Harris County officials are in discussions with Oxitec to release insects engineered to produce short-lived offspring.
Mosquitos Can Infect Humans with Zika and Chikungunya in One Bite
Ben Andrew Henry | Nov 14, 2016 | 2 min read
New evidence suggests both viruses can cohabitate in a single mosquito.
Speaking of Microbiology
Tanya Lewis and Tracy Vence | Jun 21, 2016 | 2 min read
A selection of notable quotes from the American Society for Microbiology’s annual meeting
Mosquito Bites May Worsen Viral Infection
Tanya Lewis | Jun 21, 2016 | 2 min read
The inflammation may make it easier for viruses like Zika to replicate in a host, according to a mouse study.
Oropouche Outbreak in Peru
Tanya Lewis | Jun 6, 2016 | 1 min read
The viral infection causes symptoms similar to those associated with Zika and dengue viruses. 
New Test for Zika OKed
Kerry Grens | Mar 22, 2016 | 1 min read
The US Food and Drug Administration gave emergency approval for a combination diagnostic that can distinguish between Zika, dengue, and chikungunya infections.
GM Mosquito Cuts Wild-Type Numbers
Kerry Grens | Jul 21, 2015 | 2 min read
Release of a transgenic version of Aedes aegypti, a species that can carry dengue virus, decimated a local population of non-mutated mosquitoes, according to a study.
Chikungunya Transmission in France
Molly Sharlach | Oct 24, 2014 | 1 min read
The World Health Organization reports four locally acquired cases of the virus in the country.
DARPA Challenge to Predict Chikungunya Spread
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Aug 18, 2014 | 1 min read
Contest aims to identify models that accurately forecast outbreaks.
Chikungunya Vaccine Clears Phase 1
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Aug 17, 2014 | 1 min read
Early-stage clinical trial yields promising results. 
Gene x Gene x Environment
Sandhya Sekar | Aug 12, 2014 | 3 min read
Chikungunya virus is transmitted through a three-way interaction that hinges on viral strain, mosquito genotype, and ambient temperature, researchers report.
First Chikungunya Contracted in U.S.
Jef Akst | Jul 18, 2014 | 1 min read
A Florida man becomes the first US resident who has not recently traveled outside the country to be diagnosed with an infection from the mosquito-borne virus.
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