Tag Archives: Biotechnology

Nanoparticle vaccines against dengue fever?

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

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Whole Genome Sequencing for Outbreak Detection of Salmonella enterica

Whole genome sequencing is not enough to diagnose and control Salmonella outbreaks. Continue reading

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Gene editing eradicates HIV-1

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

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A synthetic antibody with broad antiviral activity

An alternative strategy for creating virus-resistant cells and animals. Continue reading

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Oncolytic virotherapy – in pets?

Oncolytic virotherapy – using viruses to treat cancer – is a hot topic. Continue reading

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Remember what happened last time we "cured" AIDS?

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

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Life in the Post-Antibiotic Era

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

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BTV VLPs, OMG

This paper describes plant-based high-level expression of virus-like particles of BTV serotype 8. Continue reading

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Plant viruses as gene delivery vehicles

Getting RNA into cells is a major barrier to future theraputic approaches, so robust systems are urgently needed. Continue reading

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