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Essential Science: Vitamin D and aspirin for COVID-19 treatment

Scientists are continuing to explore why some people becoming sicker than others when infected with the coronavirus responsible for the 2020 pandemic. This includes looking at vitamin D and aspirin.

Op-Ed: Virology versus idiots – This pandemic is making a point

Sydney - Virology is the forgotten child of biology in so many ways. Virology has been neglected for years. As a sort of poor cousin of genomics, it has received some attention, but now we are seeing how important virology research really is and how valuable.

Essential Science: Is SARS-CoV-2 becoming more infectious?

Is the novel coronavirus mutating? The answer is yes, all viruses mutate. Is this of significance? The answer here is dividing scientific opinion. One new finding relating to a spike protein could raise concerns.

Essential Science: First treatment option for COVID-19 developed

The novel coronavirus that causes the infection COVID-19 has been hard to ignore, dominating headlines. With the question ‘how close are researchers to developing a treatment?’, one drug appears promising for blocking viral entry into cells.

New understanding for how flu viruses spread

There are several ideas as to why flu spreads easier with some people than others. In an unexpected twist, researchers have found that a soft palate is an important site for shaping of airborne transmissibility.

Op-Ed: 30,000-year-old frozen giant virus raises a lot of questions

Sydney - The new virus is a monster. It’s called Pithovirus, it’s 1.5 micrometres long, and it’s a true giant by viral standards. Discovered in Siberia, the new virus has a genome that is 60 percent unknown to science, and is truly creating a stir in virolog

Authorities find three lethal viruses circulating simultaneously

In the backdrop of two emerging outbreaks of H7N9 bird flu and the SARS-like novel coronavirus, the H5N1 strain has re-emerged, ushering in a third viral threat to health authorities in several countries.

Chinese scientists begin tackling the H7N9 bird flu challenge

Chinese scientists have taken two directions in studying the H7N9 bird flu virus - from mapping its potential infection routes to blending the virus with human influenza strains.

WHO: At 20% mortality, H7N9 bird flu is a 'serious threat'

With 26 deaths attributed to the H7N9 bird flu outbreak in China and a known mortality rate of 20 percent, scientists are expressing their concerns on the seriousness of this virus.

With seventh bird flu death, Chinese CDC warns on eating habits

As the new 'novel' H7N9 bird flu claimed its seventh victim, and with additional infections blossoming across key provinces in China, Chinese authorities are now cautioning citizens to change their eating habits.

After sixth patient dies, analysis of new coronavirus emerge

The new 'novel coronavirus,' NCoV, has claimed another life - bringing the death toll to six globally from a total known infection universe of 12 and setting in motion a greater analysis of the threat this SARS-like virus could pose.

Fourth victim of SARS-like 'novel coronavirus' reported in UK

While reported cases of the new 'novel coronavirus,' NCoV, appeared to be on the rise, health officials in the UK and in the UAE maintained the SARS-like virus is not a threat.

Virologists, rejoice! Effective antibodies treatment for avian flu success

The avian flu has been taxing medicine, both literally and as a subject for research. All strains of the virus have shown some nasty abilities, but the H5N1 strain is the one most commonly lethal.

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The first imaging of the virus that caused the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic took place in 2004. In 1918...
The first imaging of the virus that caused the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic took place in 2004. In 1918, health care professionals weren't really sure what was causing the flu. Now, we know it was caused by an Influenza A H1N1 virus.
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