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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.

Public Health
A Flu Vaccine Grown in Tobacco Plants Just Aced Its Clinical Trials
tobacco plant vaccine for flu
Public Health
A Flu Vaccine Grown in Tobacco Plants Just Aced Its Clinical Trials
Plant-based vaccines can be made cheaply and at scale. A tobacco plant-based vaccine for influenza has now been the first to complete clinical trials.
November 15, 2020

Plant-based vaccines can be made cheaply and at scale. A tobacco plant-based vaccine for influenza has now been the first to complete clinical trials.

Virology
Can A New Polio Vaccine Help Finish The Virus Off Once and For All?
polio vaccine
Virology
Can A New Polio Vaccine Help Finish The Virus Off Once and For All?
Thanks to polio vaccines and public health campaigns, polio is on the run — although COVID has it fighting back. Can a new vaccine help turn the tide again?
November 14, 2020

Thanks to polio vaccines and public health campaigns, polio is on the run — although COVID has it fighting back. Can a new vaccine help turn the tide again?

Virology
"Virus Burritos" Could Be the Key to Vaccine Preservation
vaccine preservation
Virology
"Virus Burritos" Could Be the Key to Vaccine Preservation
Vaccine preservation is crucial to world health; the WHO estimates we waste 50% of vaccines a year. Vaccine burritos may provide some help.
November 14, 2020

Vaccine preservation is crucial to world health; the WHO estimates we waste 50% of vaccines a year. Vaccine burritos may provide some help.

Viruses
A Deadly Virus Emerged in South Africa in 2008. Then It Vanished.
new virus
Viruses
A Deadly Virus Emerged in South Africa in 2008. Then It Vanished.
A deadly new virus killed a South African safari agent and three others, then disappeared without a trace. What can we learn from a unique outbreak?
October 18, 2020

A deadly new virus killed a South African safari agent and three others, then disappeared without a trace. What can we learn from a unique outbreak?

Vaccines
A New Molecule May Take The Edge Off Vaccines — And Make Them Perform Better
adjuvants
Vaccines
A New Molecule May Take The Edge Off Vaccines — And Make Them Perform Better
Adjuvants create a better vaccine immune response, but they also cause inflammation. A peptide may help curb their side effects while improving protection.
October 2, 2020

Adjuvants create a better vaccine immune response, but they also cause inflammation. A peptide may help curb their side effects while improving protection.

Engineering
Super Bright X-Ray Lets Doctors See the Atoms Inside Viruses
x-ray synchrotron
Engineering
Super Bright X-Ray Lets Doctors See the Atoms Inside Viruses
The x-ray beams produced by the Extremely Brilliant Source, a new synchrotron, are so bright, they can be used to create images with atomic-level detail.
September 29, 2020

The x-ray beams produced by the Extremely Brilliant Source, a new synchrotron, are so bright, they can be used to create images with atomic-level detail.

Microbiology
The First (and Only) Creature Known to Eat Viruses
protists
Microbiology
The First (and Only) Creature Known to Eat Viruses
Despite their abundance, nothing we know of eats viruses. But new research suggests microbes called protists might.
September 26, 2020

Despite their abundance, nothing we know of eats viruses. But new research suggests microbes called protists might.

Virology
Studying Pig Sh*t to Prevent the Next Pandemic
pig virus
Virology
Studying Pig Sh*t to Prevent the Next Pandemic
A pilot program in North Carolina offers one solution to scanning for a potential pig virus in our farm system - slurry testing.
September 19, 2020

A pilot program in North Carolina offers one solution to scanning for a potential pig virus in our farm system - slurry testing.