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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 … Continue reading
Every year more than 350 million people in over 120 countries contact dengue fever, which can cause symptoms ranging from aching muscles and a skin rash to life-threatening haemorrhagic fever. Researchers have struggled to create effective vaccines against dengue virus, … Continue reading
Whole genome sequencing is not enough to diagnose and control Salmonella outbreaks. Continue reading
More than three decades after the discovery of HIV, AIDS remains a major public health problem affecting greater than 35.3 million people worldwide. Current antiretroviral therapy fails to eradicate HIV infection, partly due to the persistence of virus reservoirs. A … Continue reading
An alternative strategy for creating virus-resistant cells and animals. Continue reading
Oncolytic virotherapy – using viruses to treat cancer – is a hot topic. Continue reading
Timothy Brown, the “Berlin patient” was freed of HIV infection via a bone marrow transfusion from a compatible CCR5Δ32 donor in 2007. Last year there was a report of a newborn baby cured by very early drug therapy. The news … Continue reading
Last week I was struck by this article in The Verge, Dead meat: how to raise livestock in a post-antibiotic era. I was particularly interested in this because only a week earlier I had been teaching our first year students … Continue reading