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Scientists hope to destroy HIV with special molecules

Scientists are hopeful that tiny molecules that copy the an immune cell surface receptor called CD4 could expose the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to antibodies triggered by the body's immune system.

New way to forecast West Nile Virus outbreaks

A new study has correlated weather conditions and the incidences of West Nile virus disease in the U.S. This could lead to a new means for predicting outbreaks and tracking the spread of the disease.

Ebola virus is heard to beat, found in man's eye

The Ebola virus has been detected in the eye of a U.S. doctor who survived the illness, according to a new medical study. This raises further questions about the ability of the virus to survive.

New self-destructing virus kills computers when detected

A new form of self-destructing virus has been discovered with a unique agenda. The malware can work out when anti-virus programs have detected it and then renders the computer unusable so that it can keep on operating.

Could Ebola become an AIDS-like sexually transmitted disease?

Scientists have confirmed that Ebola can be transmitted more easily through sexual relations than was previously thought.

Hidden virus in human genome may protect embryos

A newly discovered retrovirus embedded in the human genome may help protect embryos from other viruses, and influence fetal development.

A new crop virus reported in North America

Chicago - A type of mastrevirus called switchgrass mosaic-associated virus 1, has been detected in North America. Such viruses cause damage to staple food crops like corn and wheat, and lead to economic consequences.

Can people contract norovirus from their dogs?

Given that it has been established that human norovirus can infect dogs, is it possible that dog-to-human transmission can also occur? The answer is “probably” according to a new study.

Ebola survivors face health issues

Geneva - Many survivors of Ebola face on-going health issues and risks, according to a new assessment by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Was the risk of Ebola over-estimated?

Most forecasting methods used to predict the extent of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa overestimated the reach of the deadly virus. This is according to new analysis.

HIV rapidly invades the brain, following infection

San Fransisco - The virus that causes AIDS can rapidly replicate and mutate in the brain, as early as four months after initial infection, a science team report.

Ebola vaccine moves closer to reality

A novel Ebola vaccine being tested in China has been declared as "safe" and provokes a notable immune response in people. This is based on the outcome of a Phase 1 trial.

Ebola situation in Guinea remains serious

President of Guinea Alpha Conde has declared a 45-day "health emergency". This applies to five regions in the west and south-west of the country, and the reason is Ebola.

Man who set out to disprove viral-measles link ordered pay up

Berlin-k - A scientist who offered a €100,000 reward to anyone who could prove that measles is a virus must pay up, according to a ruling from a German court. The issue centers on the measles vaccine debate.

Bird flu spreads within U.S. and China

An update on avian flu: China has reported new H7N9 bird flu infections in humans and across the globe, other strains have been detected in U.S. commercial turkey farms.

Panda antivirus update causes software to flag itself

An update to Panda's antivirus software programs has led to the software recognising some of its own core files as malicious malware. It then quarantined them, leaving itself unable to run and preventing computers from starting up.

Scarlet fever cases running high in U.K.

London - New figures from Public Health England indicate that cases of scarlet fever are soaring in the country, and across the rest of the U.K. as well.

Bumblebees at higher risk from infectious diseases

London - A range or viruses, previously thought only to infect honeybees, appear to pose a new risk to bumblebees. New research highlights the risk to these important pollinators of agricultural crops and wild flowers.

Snowden documents reveal extent of CIA hacking of Apple security

Documents released by Edward Snowden have shown that the CIA has spent almost a decade trying to break through the security around Apple devices so that they could secretly plant malware onto the devices and monitor users.

New compound shows success against bird flu

Scientists have developed an antibody shown to be completely protective against the H5N1 bird flu virus. The success has been demonstrated in two species of animal models.

New mechanism found for blocking HIV

A synthetic antibody has been developed. The antibody, based on laboratory tests, prevented infection in four monkeys injected with heavy doses of the HIV virus.

The mystery of Bourbon virus

A new tick-borne virus has been discovered in the U.S., called Bourbon virus. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bourbon virus may have killed a previously healthy man in Kansas last year.

Tracking down the U.S. measles outbreak

Genetic tests have not revealed the source of the viral outbreak that started in California’s Disney theme parks. The point of origin remains a mystery.

'Komodia' software behind Superfish found in 12 more programs

The dangerous code that allowed the Superfish adware preinstalled on Lenovo laptops to spoof secure SSL certificates has now been found inside another twelve programs online. All are capable of getting around the security mechanisms in the HTTPS protocol.

MERS-CoV found in the Philippines

A nurse returning to the Philippines country from Saudi Arabia has tested positive for the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, according to the Filipino Department of Health.

New Android malware spies on you even when phone is shut down

Security researchers have discovered a new form of malware attacking Android smartphones that allows hackers to control the device even if it appears completely shut down to the user.

Ebola remains infectious after the host has died

After a person has passed away from the Ebola virus, the virus remains infectious. To understand how long the virus remains infectious in a body after death researchers have undertaken animal studies.

Is a cure for the common cold on the horizon?

York - Scientists have successfully cracked a code that controls the functions of a major group of viruses including the common cold and polio. Does this mean that a cure for the common cold is realizable?

Is Ebola in decline?

The number of reported cases of Ebola are dropping across West Africa, according to a World Health Organization report. Meanwhile, vaccine trials are set to commence in Liberia.

The clock ticks over new rabies treatment

Treating rabies is a race against the clock. Once someone has been bitten, medical help must be delivered quickly. Researchers are proposing a new treatment that can be delivered a little later.
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CULPRIT: Close-up photograph of Culex mosquito  blamed for spreading the West Nile virus.
CULPRIT: Close-up photograph of Culex mosquito, blamed for spreading the West Nile virus.
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Colorized transmission electron micrograph of Avian influenza A H5N1 viruses
Colorized transmission electron micrograph of Avian influenza A H5N1 viruses
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Scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of the Avian Flu Virus
Scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of the Avian Flu Virus
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A photomicrograph of skeletal muscle tissue revealing myotonic dystrophic changes as a result of Polio
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Close up on the measles virus
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This electron micrograph depicts the vesiculovirus responsible for vesicular stomatitis (VS) in horses, cattle and pigs. As a member of the Rhabdoviridae family of viruses, you’ll note the morphologic similarity, i.e., bullet-shaped virion, between this vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV), and the rabies virus.
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H7N9 virus (computer aided illustration)
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Ebola particles are quite scary up close, but you should not buy into the fear right away.
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Ebola virus
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Ebola virus virion: colorized transmission electron micrograph
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HIV virus particle
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Scanning electron micrograph of HIV-1 budding (in green)
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Scanning electron micrograph of human immunodeficiency virus
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Sign affixed to a restroom mirror at the Microsoft campus, Building 19.
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A molecular image of the norovirus
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Hantavirus particles
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The Rombertik malware wipes hard drives when detected
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Electron microscopy image of a Pandoravirus particle
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