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New Mechanism for Virus-Triggered Autoimmunity Uncovered
Roseolovirus infection disrupts how the body trains immune cells not to attack it, a mouse study shows.
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New Mechanism for Virus-Triggered Autoimmunity Uncovered
New Mechanism for Virus-Triggered Autoimmunity Uncovered

Roseolovirus infection disrupts how the body trains immune cells not to attack it, a mouse study shows.

Roseolovirus infection disrupts how the body trains immune cells not to attack it, a mouse study shows.

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Famed Pathologist Johan Hultin Dies at 97
Lisa Winter | Mar 2, 2022
Hultin’s work helped identify the virus behind the 1918 flu pandemic.
Woman waiting in line at the airport, carrying a bag and standing next to two other suitcases. She is wearing a N95 face mask.
SARS-CoV-2 in the Air: What’s Known and What Isn’t
Alejandra Manjarrez | Feb 18, 2022
Evidence suggests that COVID-19 is primarily an airborne disease. Yet the details of how transmission occurs are still debated and frequently misunderstood.
Discover the predictive power of wastewater for tracking pathogens
Wastewater’s Hidden Value for Monitoring Public Health
The Scientist Creative Services Team, Bio-Rad Laboratories | Mar 23, 2022
Learn about wastewater-based epidemiology—from its conception to its present state and into its future.
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Book Excerpt from On the Trail of the Jackalope
Michael P. Branch | Feb 14, 2022
In chapter 8, “Dr. Shope’s Warty Rabbits,” author Michael P. Branch describes the scientist who unearthed the viral cause of strange growths on wild rabbits.
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Luc Montagnier, Virologist who Codiscovered HIV, Dies at Age 89
Natalia Mesa | Feb 11, 2022
The Nobel laureate had courted controversy in recent years on vaccines and other matters.
Discover Genetic Influences on the Immune Response
The Genetics Behind Immune Response Variability
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Jan 31, 2022
Researchers seek genomic clues to understand differences in the immune response to infection.
Rapid antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2
Are Rapid Tests Worse at Detecting Omicron—and Does It Matter?
Catherine Offord | Jan 14, 2022
Anecdotal reports and results from small studies on the diagnostics’ accuracy have prompted questions about the devices’ usage with the new variant, but researchers say more data are needed and emphasize the continued importance of SARS-CoV-2 testing.
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Legendary Crystallographer Donald Caspar Dies At 94
Lisa Winter | Jan 7, 2022
He coined the term “structural biology.”
Antibodies in breastmilk from SARS-CoV-2 infection or mRNA vaccination neutralize the virus.
Antibodies Against SARS-CoV-2 in Breast Milk Differ Between Vaccinated and Infected Mothers
Roni Dengler, PhD | Dec 6, 2021
All antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 found in breast milk neutralized the virus.
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Avian Flu Case Numbers Soar in Europe
Chloe Tenn | Jan 7, 2022
The Scientist spoke with the UK’s chief veterinary officer, Christine Middlemiss, about this winter’s high bird flu prevalence, the effects of the disease, and efforts to combat it.
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Is COVID-19 Seasonal?
Alejandra Manjarrez | Nov 10, 2021
While the weather isn’t currently the dominant factor driving SARS-CoV-2 transmission, experts say that in the future COVID-19 may become a disease of winter.
New insights reveal how herpesvirus infiltrates the nervous system.
Herpes Kidnaps Proteins to Take Up Residence in the Nervous System
Roni Dengler, PhD | Dec 6, 2021
The herpes virus hitches a ride to the nuclei of neurons from a surprising source.
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Tweak to N Protein Makes Delta Variant More Infectious
Chloe Tenn | Nov 5, 2021
Using a novel lab technique, researchers identified a mutation that allows the virus to insert more genetic material into host cells.
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SARS-CoV-2’s Wide-Ranging Effects on the Body
Diana Kwon | Sep 1, 2021
Researchers’ painstaking examinations have begun to reveal how the virus wreaks havoc in multiple organs and tissues.
Characterizing Proteolysis During SARS-CoV-2 Infection
Characterizing Proteolysis During SARS-CoV-2 Infection
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with Thermo Fisher Scientific | Nov 2, 2021
Edward Emmott will discuss mass spectrometry approaches to understand proteolysis during viral infection and their use in developing targeted strategies for COVID-19 treatment.
Image of the microscopic view of an infectious virus cell, RNA.
Opinion: The Pandemic and the RNA Sequencing Gap
Robert Ross | Sep 1, 2021
RNA sequencing technology lags far behind researchers’ ability to decode and understand DNA. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted this dangerous shortcoming.
Middle aged man with glasses wearing a blue shirt and tan blazer with a red paisley tie looking into the camera
Immunologist Thomas Hodge Dies of COVID-19 at 69
Lisa Winter | Aug 30, 2021
A former academic and consultant, Hodge cofounded the CrisiScience Collective to help combat the pandemic.
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A New COVID-19 Spit Test Is as Easy as 1-2-3
Roni Dengler, PhD | Aug 16, 2021
A device smaller than two stacked decks of cards can reliably detect and discriminate between SARS-CoV-2 variants in spit in less than an hour with results that glow.
Purnell Choppin wearing a suit and tie, in front of a portrait and bookshelf.
Virologist and Former HHMI President Purnell Choppin Dies at 91
Lisa Winter | Jul 13, 2021
Choppin drastically expanded the institute during his tenure in the 1980s and ’90s.