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Virology
Can CRISPR Engineer Immunity to Avian Flu in Chickens?
avian flu in chickens
Virology
Can CRISPR Engineer Immunity to Avian Flu in Chickens?
An outbreak of avian flu in chickens can mean millions of birds dead and billions of dollars lost. This startup wants to engineer flu-resistant poultry.
February 7, 2021

An outbreak of avian flu in chickens can mean millions of birds dead and billions of dollars lost. This startup wants to engineer flu-resistant poultry.

Virology
Are We Scratching The Surface of What An Old Vaccination Method Can Do?
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Virology
Are We Scratching The Surface of What An Old Vaccination Method Can Do?
Smallpox vaccine was administered by scratching the skin. Mice suggest this old-school method may work better against other respiratory viruses as well.
February 7, 2021

Smallpox vaccine was administered by scratching the skin. Mice suggest this old-school method may work better against other respiratory viruses as well.

Virology
MIT's AI Predicts New Strains of HIV, Coronavirus
coronavirus mutations
Virology
MIT's AI Predicts New Strains of HIV, Coronavirus
As coronavirus mutations pop up around the world, researchers at MIT are using language-recognizing AI to try and predict what could be next.
January 30, 2021

As coronavirus mutations pop up around the world, researchers at MIT are using language-recognizing AI to try and predict what could be next.

Dengue
New Discovery Could Stop Dengue’s “Breakbone” Fever
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Dengue
New Discovery Could Stop Dengue’s “Breakbone” Fever
Making a dengue vaccine is difficult. It’s early, but a new antibody that targets a protein the virus makes instead of the virus itself may be a solution.
January 17, 2021

Making a dengue vaccine is difficult. It’s early, but a new antibody that targets a protein the virus makes instead of the virus itself may be a solution.

Coronavirus
Moderna Is Developing an mRNA Vaccine for HIV
mRNA Vaccine for HIV
Coronavirus
Moderna Is Developing an mRNA Vaccine for HIV
Moderna is using the same technology behind its COVID-19 vaccine to develop an mRNA vaccine for HIV.
January 16, 2021

Moderna is using the same technology behind its COVID-19 vaccine to develop an mRNA vaccine for HIV.

Virology
Phage Therapy Kills Superbug Behind Many ICU Infections
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Virology
Phage Therapy Kills Superbug Behind Many ICU Infections
Combining a bacteria-killing virus and an antibiotic was able to wipe out an infection of the superbug A. baumannii in mice.
January 15, 2021

Combining a bacteria-killing virus and an antibiotic was able to wipe out an infection of the superbug A. baumannii in mice.

Public Health
A Universal Flu Vaccine Has Aced Phase I Trials
universal flu vaccine trials
Public Health
A Universal Flu Vaccine Has Aced Phase I Trials
Influenza’s constant genetic shifting means flu vaccines aim at a moving target. But a universal flu vaccine just passed its phase 1 trials.
December 13, 2020

Influenza’s constant genetic shifting means flu vaccines aim at a moving target. But a universal flu vaccine just passed its phase 1 trials.

CRISPR
HIV Can Hide Inside Human Cells for Years. Can CRISPR Cut It Out?
siv dna crispr
CRISPR
HIV Can Hide Inside Human Cells for Years. Can CRISPR Cut It Out?
Using CRISPR to stop the replication of SIV, a primate virus closely related to HIV, researchers may have taken a step to wiping the virus out in the body.
December 13, 2020

Using CRISPR to stop the replication of SIV, a primate virus closely related to HIV, researchers may have taken a step to wiping the virus out in the body.

Viruses
We Can Now See a Virus Invasion in Real-Time
We Can Now See a Virus Invasion in Real-Time
Viruses
We Can Now See a Virus Invasion in Real-Time
Understanding how a virus infects and replicates in a cell is crucial to stopping them. Now, researchers can see an infection in real-time.
November 28, 2020

Understanding how a virus infects and replicates in a cell is crucial to stopping them. Now, researchers can see an infection in real-time.