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Essential Science: Next pathogenic threats identified

Recent years have been a number of pathogenic threats have hit the headlines, with Ebola being the foremost concern in recent years. Looking to the future, scientists have raised concerns about three viruses that the world now needs to prepare for.

Some viruses have evolved to affect men more greatly than women

London - Is man-flu real? New evidence suggests that some viruses cause weaker symptoms in women than in men. The reason is evolutionary, based on helping the virus to spread between hosts.

Officials: Clean up efforts of Rio's Olympic waters have failed

Rio De Janeiro - Athletes taking part in the marathon swimming, sailing and windsurfing events next month at the Rio Summer Olympic Games have been warned by health officials to keep their mouths closed when in the water.

Florida residents unsure about mosquito disease risks

Miami - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering testing out a new anti-mosquito control method in one community within Florida. However, a recent survey suggests the residents are skeptical.

More ancient viruses in human DNA discovered

It has been known for some time that our DNA contains genetic material that was once viral. New research suggests the extent of this is greater than previously realized.

Essential Science: Pathogenic organisms may trigger Alzheimer's

A possible connection between viral and bacterial pathogens and the neurodegenerative disorder Alzheimer's disease has been made by a research group. While not definitive, the research opens up a new area to investigate.

Bacteriophages: Something old is becoming new again

The threat of antibiotic resistance on a global scale is real, so much so that scientists are taking a second look at a therapy that has been around for a number of years. Think viruses that have the ability to infect and fight harmful bacteria.

Hand washing is key to reducing infection risks

London - A new Internet educational series, designed to encourage people to wash their hands more often, should lower the risk of catching and passing on infections. This is the finding of a new medical survey.

WHO and sailing body seek virus testing in Rio Olympic waters

Rio De Janeiro - The World Health Organization (WHO) has asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to analyze for viruses in Rio de Janeiro's Olympic waters, while the governing body of world sailing says it will begin its own virus testing.

How fast is Ebola mutating?

There is a on-going debate about how fast the Ebola viruses are mutating. A new study suggests that the virus may not be evolving as quickly as a previous research group has estimated.

Why species jumping viruses are more deadly

When harmful viruses leap from one species to another, their ability to cause infection can change. The degree to which this happens depends upon how closely-related the different species are to each other.

Op-Ed: Viruses are adapting faster than the vaccines

If the next pandemic is inevitable, and if entire categories of cancer are known to originate from infections, should society not be investing more money more urgently into viral research - or are we comfortable relying on vaccinations?

Op-Ed: Microbiology in the news, the top stories of 2014 Special

London Colney - The website Pharmaceutical Microbiology has reviewed the top ten microbiology stories and events that have made the news during 2014.

New treatment against wheat viruses

A technology has helped wheat become resistant to viruses. The technology involves genetic engineering, although more environmentally sustainable options are possible in the longer-term..

Viruses help to maintain human health

New York - Scientists now argue that the natural presence of viruses in the gut (virome) help to maintain health-maintenance and infection-fighting. This is similar to the role of the intestinal bacteria.

Rats of New York found carrying a range of new viruses

New York - Scientists have detected more than a dozen new viruses lurking in rodents inhabiting the Big Apple. To add to this, the rats were found to be carrying many pathogenic bacteria.

New study looks closely at the rats of New York

The rats of New York City are so numerous that it is said there are at least 8.4 million of them. These illusive pests are rarely seen in the daylight hours, but at night, like zombies in the movies, they come out to feed.

How our bodies fight off viruses

With the flu season in full swing, some folks don't realize how our bodies protect us from the flu virus, as well as other viral infections. Our bodies have an amazing system of defenses against viral infections, almost like "first responders."

Fighting cancer with viruses

Certain types of cancer can be attacked by certain viruses. These viruses are harmless to people. Scientists hope that the attack mechanism can be used for the treatment of brain cancer.

Report warns on Al Qaeda's access to Syrian biological weapons

In a disturbing report released this week by the Henry Jackson Society, a direct line is drawn between the instability of the Assad regime in Syria and the ability of the Al Qaeda terrorist network to acquire biological weapons.

Report says religious sites are riskier than porn for malware

Over time porn websites gained the notorious reputation for infecting computers with viruses. According to a new report, these are not the most common sites where nasty bugs can infiltrate a computer.

MIT scientists develop novel drug to fight viral infections

Scientists operating at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed an antiviral drug that promises to end infections from virtually all known viruses, from the common cold to exotic hemorrhagic fevers.

The secret and sometimes deadly 'life' of dust storms revealed

2009 could, in retrospect, be known as the year of the dust storms. With Australia being smothered with epic dust clouds after years of drought, the world is focusing its attention on the health effects of dust storms. What we are learning is not pretty.

Study: Post-pandemic Reforestation in New World Helped Trigger Little Ice Age

There has been growing evidence for the hypothesis that the effect of the pandemics in the Americas wasn't confined to killing indigenous peoples. Global climate appears to have been altered as well.

Celebrity Searches Are Source Of Viruses

He may have the face of an angel but if you want Brad Pitt staring at you as your PC wallpaper, he may just infect your computer.

Climate Change a threat to Lions

The largest threat to lions and other majestic cats has always been mankind but the latest research leaves more to be concerned about .

A New Way to Protect Computer Networks from Internet Worms

Scientists may have found a new way to combat the most dangerous form of computer virus. The method automatically detects within minutes when an Internet worm has infected a computer network.

Boaters And Fisherman: Will Poluted Waterways Make Them Sick?

We all know the hazards of swimming in polluted waterways. Now scientists want to determine if boaters and fishermen can also become ill from these waters. A 2-year and $3.8 million dollar project called "CHEERS" intends to find out.

Viruses reprogram Strep into a monster

According to Prof. Mark Walker of the University of Wollongong, viral phages, which attack bacteria, reprogrammed a strain of Streptococcus about 30 years ago. Since then, the Strep has been on the warpath, and has become a lot more dangerous to humans.

Researchers build Tiny Batteries with Viruses

MIT Researchers create thin film batteries with Common Virus strains at room temperature and pressure.
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