Should you worry about the Wuhan coronavirus?

Since December, the Wuhan coronavirus has killed at least 17 people and sickened close to 600. Here's an explanation of who is at risk.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers | Jan. 23, 2020 | futurity
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Tags: health-and-medicine china viruses

Combo flu vaccine protects mice against 6 strains

A new flu vaccine protects mice against six different strains of the virus—and may have potential as a universal influenza vaccine.

LaTina Emerson-Georgia State | Jan. 7, 2020 | futurity
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Tags: health-and-medicine influenza vaccines viruses

Without ‘mind bomb’ protein, adenovirus infection fails

Adenoviruses need one protein to unpack their DNA to infect human cells and without it, the infection fails. The finding could lead to new antivirals.

U. Zurich | Dec. 27, 2019 | futurity
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Tags: health-and-medicine dna immune-systems infections proteins viruses

First flu virus sets stage for how well we fight it later on

The first strain of flu virus we encounter during childhood sets the course of how our immune system responds to exposures later in life.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona | Dec. 23, 2019 | futurity
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Tags: health-and-medicine immune-systems influenza personalized-medicine viruses

For a universal flu vaccine, improve immune cell memory?

Scientists may have figured out why a universal flu vaccine has remained so elusive: our immune cells' faulty memory.

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller | Dec. 20, 2019 | futurity
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Tags: health-and-medicine immune-systems influenza memory vaccines viruses

Zika vaccine shields fetus in pregnant monkeys

The first test of a Zika vaccine given before conception could support development of another vaccine in early trials in humans.

Andy Fell-UC Davis | Dec. 19, 2019 | futurity
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HIV-fighting antibodies may lead to new vaccine

The right kind of antibodies can mobilize into a fighting force that can take on HIV, researchers report. The new work could lead to an HIV vaccine.

Sarah Avery-Duke | Dec. 6, 2019 | futurity
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Tags: health-and-medicine antibodies cancer hiv immune-systems vaccines viruses

Filaments are weapons in ‘world’s oldest war’

New research shows how a once-forgotten cellular structure fights in the "world’s oldest war," the battle between bacteria and viruses.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona | Dec. 4, 2019 | futurity
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Tags: science-and-technology bacteria cells dna enzymes viruses

How do gut microbes affect norovirus? It depends

Gut microbes can tamp down or boost the severity of norovirus infection, depending on where along the intestine the virus takes hold.

Julia Evangelou Strait-WUSTL | Dec. 4, 2019 | futurity
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Tags: health-and-medicine gut-bacteria immune-systems infections viruses

Why doesn’t the flu freak us out more?

This past summer, fear of eastern equine encephalitis gripped New England despite its relatively low impact. So why aren't more people scared of the flu?

Boston University | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
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