The Pandemic Crushed the Flu—What Happens When It Returns?
The Pandemic Crushed the Flu—What Happens When It Returns?
Cases of influenza and other respiratory viruses sank dramatically during the pandemic, with potential implications for both people and pathogens.  
The Pandemic Crushed the Flu—What Happens When It Returns?
The Pandemic Crushed the Flu—What Happens When It Returns?

Cases of influenza and other respiratory viruses sank dramatically during the pandemic, with potential implications for both people and pathogens.  

Cases of influenza and other respiratory viruses sank dramatically during the pandemic, with potential implications for both people and pathogens.  

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The Impact of Influenza
The Impact of Influenza
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Jul 13, 2021
Richard Webby and Edward Hutchinson discuss influenza viruses—the development of new strains, how they mediate virulence, and their threat to human society.
100-Year-Old Lungs Yield Genetic Samples of 1918 Flu Viruses
100-Year-Old Lungs Yield Genetic Samples of 1918 Flu Viruses
Christie Wilcox | May 18, 2021
Influenza RNA sequences from three sets of lungs preserved in formalin since 1918 provide new insights into the deadly pandemic.
Scientists’ Advice for Ways to Ward Off the Coronavirus
Scientists’ Advice for Ways to Ward Off the Coronavirus
Shawna Williams | Oct 9, 2020
We asked experts for measures people can take that may help boost defenses against COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases.
A Challenge Trial for COVID-19 Would Not Be the First of Its Kind
A Challenge Trial for COVID-19 Would Not Be the First of Its Kind
Jef Akst | Oct 8, 2020
Although scientists debate the ethics of deliberately infecting volunteers with SARS-CoV-2, plenty of consenting participants have been exposed to all sorts of pathogens in prior trials.
Masks Lower Wearers’ Exposure to Viruses, Experts Propose
Masks Lower Wearers’ Exposure to Viruses, Experts Propose
Ashley Yeager | Jul 28, 2020
Face coverings prevent wearers from spreading pathogens, and might also limit the number of viral particles that enter the body, staving off severe infection, including COVID-19, research indicates.
Flu Shot Ignites Immune Attack Against Cancer in Mice
Flu Shot Ignites Immune Attack Against Cancer in Mice
Ashley Yeager | Apr 1, 2020
Injecting the seasonal flu vaccine directly into clumps of malignant cells recruits immune cells to confront the cancer.
Cells’ Response to SARS-CoV-2 Different from Flu, RSV
Cells’ Response to SARS-CoV-2 Different from Flu, RSV
Abby Olena | Mar 31, 2020
The host transcriptional signature elicited by the coronavirus appears to be less robust and lacks the induction of key antiviral genes.
Coronavirus’s Genetics Reveal Its Global Travels
Coronavirus’s Genetics Reveal Its Global Travels
Ashley Yeager | Feb 25, 2020
Random mutations in the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen’s genome help researchers track the spread and transmission of COVID-19, the disease it causes.
The Latest Drug Trials for Coronavirus
The Latest Drug Trials for Coronavirus
Ashley Yeager | Feb 18, 2020
Under careful watch of the World Health Organization, doctors will test a range of COVID-19 therapies, including HIV and flu antivirals, blood plasma infusions, and traditional Chinese medicines.
Drug-Resistant Flu Can Emerge After Patients Take Antiviral
Drug-Resistant Flu Can Emerge After Patients Take Antiviral
Kerry Grens | Nov 26, 2019
Roughly a quarter of 38 viral samples from people treated with Xofluza had mutations in their genomes that made the pathogens less susceptible to the drug.
Keto Diet Protects Mice from Flu
Keto Diet Protects Mice from Flu
Abby Olena | Nov 15, 2019
The low-carb, high-fat diet increases the presence of gamma-delta T cells in the animals’ lungs, improving a mucus barrier against the virus.
Zoonotic Disease Research Program Shut Down
Zoonotic Disease Research Program Shut Down
Emily Makowski | Oct 28, 2019
The USAID’s Predict program, which conducted animal virus surveillance and disease outbreak prevention training, is ending after its 10-year funding run.
Image of the Day: Resilient Lung Cells
Image of the Day: Resilient Lung Cells
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 1, 2019
A specific type of lung cell withstands flu infection by doubling down on DNA repair.
Q&A: Myth Debunkers Take Aim at Microbiology Lore
Q&A: Myth Debunkers Take Aim at Microbiology Lore
Ashley Yeager | Jun 25, 2019
University of Michigan’s Ada Hagan separates fact from fiction, such as whether you should starve a fever or if eating chocolate really causes acne.
First Universal Flu Vaccine to Enter Phase 3 Trial
First Universal Flu Vaccine to Enter Phase 3 Trial
Ashley P. Taylor | Nov 12, 2018
Numerous experimental vaccines that aim to provide multi-season protection are in human studies.
This Flu Season Killed 172 Kids
This Flu Season Killed 172 Kids
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 11, 2018
Vaccination reduced the risk of death by two-thirds for children with no other health problems.  
Some Antibiotics Rev Up Host Immune Response to Viruses
Some Antibiotics Rev Up Host Immune Response to Viruses
Shawna Williams | Apr 9, 2018
The antimicrobial drug neomycin protects mice from some viral infections, complicating the picture of the relationship between antibiotics and susceptibility to viruses.
Flu Drug Approved in Japan Claims to Stop Virus in 24 Hours
Flu Drug Approved in Japan Claims to Stop Virus in 24 Hours
Kerry Grens | Feb 25, 2018
One dose of the medication, called Xofluza, cripples influenza by interfering with an enzyme critical for viral replication.  
Flu and Whooping Cough Vaccines Don’t Harm Babies: Study
Flu and Whooping Cough Vaccines Don’t Harm Babies: Study
Kerry Grens | Feb 21, 2018
Infants whose moms received the shots when they were pregnant were no more at risk of dying or being hospitalized than other babies.