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How Viruses Attack Plants
Claire Asher | Jan 31, 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.
Viruses Related to Zika May Also Harm Fetuses
Ruth Williams | Jan 31, 2018
Studies in mice suggest that other flaviviruses, such as West Nile virus and Powassan virus, may cause birth defects, too.
Federal Ban Lifted on Studying Most Dangerous Pathogens
Kerry Grens | Dec 20, 2017
Only a few labs will earn funding for such “gain-of-function” research on SARS, MERS, and other deadly diseases.
How Bad Will the Flu Season Get? Forecasters Are Competing to Figure it Out
Christina Reed | Nov 28, 2017
From analyses of surface protein evolution to tweets on social media, scientists are gathering all the data they can to accurately predict influenza dynamics.
Image of the Day: Painting with Viruses
Staff, The Scientist Staff | Oct 31, 2017
Researchers have used a modified rabies virus and fluorescent proteins to tag individual nerve cells in the mouse visual cortex.
A Single Mutation in Zika Led to Devastating Effects
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 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.
Kate Rubins Was the First to Sequence DNA in Space
Aggie Mika | Sep 1, 2017
The virologist turned NASA astronaut pioneered DNA sequencing in space and conducted experiments in microgravity.
Zika Linked to More Neurological Problems in Adults
Kerry Grens | Aug 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.
Study Tracks Gender Ratios at Conferences
Aggie Mika | Jul 31, 2017
While men make up the majority of invited speakers at four major virology conferences, recent trends demonstrate a greater inclusion of women.
Mammalian Immunity: What’s RNAi Got to Do with It?
Shawna Williams | Jul 21, 2017
A new study adds to the evidence that mammalian cells can use small interfering RNAs to defend against viruses, but questions remain about physiological importance.