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How to develop viruses into anticancer weapons

Viruses have shaped human history through devastating infections. In addition, virus infection may be responsible for up to 15% of cancer deaths. Nevertheless, certain viruses can be our “friends.” At the end of the 18th century, Edward Jenner used cowpox to protect humans against infection with a lethal pathogen, smallpox. 233 more words


Collective Infectious Units in Viruses

The spread of viruses among cells, organs, and hosts is often mediated by structures that carry multiple viral genome copies, such as polyploid virions, virion aggregates, occlusion bodies, virus-containing lipid vesicles, and virological synapses. 216 more words


KSHV microRNAs

miRNAs play significant roles in different diseases. By binding to target genes, miRNAs post-transcriptionally regulate gene expression. During viral infections, miRNAs manipulate the activities of viruses and host cells. 173 more words


The Ebola Outbreak of 2013-2016: Why So Deadly?

The outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa was the biggest outbreak of the disease we’ve yet to encounter. It killed more people than the previous 25 outbreaks combined and arose in a region of Africa that had never seen Ebola before. 694 more words


How concerned should we be about H7N9 flu?

The past few weeks have seen an increasing amount of coverage about an ongoing outbreak of the H7N9 strain of avian influenza in China (often called ‘bird flu’). 557 more words

Clinical And Medical Microbiology

Have you ever wondered what this world would be like if we just took what Science knew and what the world of the unseen knew and combined them?   359 more words