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Wet Weather Brings Japanese Encephalitis to Australia
Southern Australia has recorded its first-ever cases of the disease in an outbreak that has so far killed three people.
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Wet Weather Brings Japanese Encephalitis to Australia
Wet Weather Brings Japanese Encephalitis to Australia

Southern Australia has recorded its first-ever cases of the disease in an outbreak that has so far killed three people.

Southern Australia has recorded its first-ever cases of the disease in an outbreak that has so far killed three people.

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A micrograph from the first US case of COVID-19, with SARS-CoV-2 virus particles in blue
SARS-CoV-2 Can Spread Via Cell-to-Cell Transmission
Catherine Offord | Apr 4, 2022
The virus’s ability to slip directly from one cell to another may help it avoid some of the body’s immune responses.
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Book Excerpt from Feeling & Knowing
Antonio Damasio | Nov 1, 2021
In Chapter 1, “On Being,” author Antonio Damasio outlines the dawn of consciousness.
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HIV DNA Circularizes to Bypass CRISPR-Based Treatments
Nele Haelterman, PhD | Mar 7, 2022
CRISPR-mediated removal of HIV can create small, infectious DNA molecules.
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The Pandemic Crushed the Flu—What Happens When It Returns?
Diana Kwon | Jul 7, 2021
Cases of influenza and other respiratory viruses sank dramatically during the pandemic, with potential implications for both people and pathogens.  
Blurred out people standing near train at station.
Cities Have Distinct Microbial Signatures: Study
Lisa Winter | May 27, 2021
The researchers found thousands of species not previously documented.
The Scientist Speaks - Thieves on the Inside: Viral Control of Host Gene Expression
Niki Spahich, PhD | May 25, 2021
Britt Glaunsinger discusses how viruses steal from their hosts to take over cellular processes and promote their own survival.
A stylized, computer-generated 3D render of a virus cell that looks similar to SARS-CoV-2
Two New Coronaviruses Make the Leap into Humans
Amanda Heidt | May 20, 2021
Two viruses from dogs and pigs were isolated from human patients, but neither was proven to cause severe disease or to transmit to other people.
New SARS-CoV-2 Variant Could Evade Antibodies
Lisa Winter | Jan 22, 2021
A preprint casts doubt on vaccine effectiveness in light of certain mutations in the 501Y.V2 variant that emerged from South Africa.
A Connected Community: The Rise of Microbiome Research
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Apr 30, 2021
Explore how microbes shape health, disease, and the world beyond
Alterations in Immune Genes Make Bats Great Viral Hosts
Abby Olena | Oct 27, 2020
Bat species use different strategies to dampen immune activation in response to viruses.
a child in a hospital bed
Kids’ Severe COVID-19 Reaction Bears Unique Immune Signature
Shawna Williams | Sep 29, 2020
The rare complication known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) differs from both Kawasaki disease and severe adult cases of COVID-19, a study finds.
Understanding Immune-Mediated Damage After Respiratory Infection
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with 10x Genomics | Feb 17, 2021
Paul Thomas from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will discuss how he used single cell and spatial transcriptomics to discover the underlying mechanism of an inflammatory immune response in the lungs.
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.
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.
Virus Hunters: Searching for Therapeutic Phages in a Drug Resistant World
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Sep 21, 2020
Researchers Jason Gill and Paul Turner will discuss their work on bacteriophage therapy to treat drug resistant bacterial infections.
COVID-19 Vaccine Developers Gain Enhanced Access to Supercomputers
Lisa Winter | Mar 27, 2020
Federal agencies, academic institutions, and industrial partners are joining forces to combat COVID-19 using artificial intelligence.
Polio Vaccination Causes More Infections than Wild Virus
Jef Akst | Nov 25, 2019
In rare instances, the live virus in oral polio vaccines can mutate and become infectious, causing new outbreaks.
Researchers Discover New Family of Viruses
Catherine Offord | Sep 1, 2019
The redondoviruses, named for their circular DNA, inhabit the human respiratory tract and may be linked to disease.
Risk Factor 4 viruses shipped to China
Questions Surround Canadian Shipment of Deadly Viruses to China
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 9, 2019
The same Winnipeg lab that sent Ebola and Henipah viruses to Beijing recently removed a number of researchers for an “administrative issue.”