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How Zika virus crosses the placenta

Zika virus (ZIKV) causes microcephaly, whereas other related pathogenic flaviviruses do not. To reach the fetal brain, a virus must be transported from the maternal to the fetal circulation, which requires crossing of the placental barrier. This study demonstrates that … Continue reading

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Identification of a receptor for an extinct virus – now that's clever

Scientists are studying a retrovirus that has been dormant in chimpanzees and their ancestors for at least one million years. The virus, known as CERV2, is present in the genomes of chimpanzees, but not those of humans, suggesting that chimpanzees’ … Continue reading

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Evolving protection against malaria

The asexual erythrocytic phase of the life cycle of Plasmodium falciparum produces the clinical symptoms, disease and pathology associated with malaria. During this phase, merozoites released from schizont-infected erythrocytes invade uninfected erythrocytes. Invasion depends on distinct molecular interactions between ligands … Continue reading

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