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Malaria discovery could expedite antiviral treatment for COVID-19

August 11, 2020 0

Category: Summary: New research into malaria suggests targeting enzymes from the human host, rather than from the pathogen itself, could offer effective treatment for a range of infectious diseases, including COVID-19. Source: Microbiology News — ScienceDaily Read More

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Protein uses two antiviral strategies to ward off infections

August 11, 2020 0

Category: Summary: To protect humans against infection, a protein called MARCH8 tags the vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) for destruction while it merely holds HIV hostage, a new study shows. Source: Microbiology News — ScienceDaily Read More

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Biology blurs line between sexes, behaviors

August 10, 2020 0

Category: Summary: Biological sex is typically understood in binary terms: male and female. However, there are many examples of animals that are able to modify sex-typical biological and behavioral features and even change sex. A new study identifies a genetic switch in brain cells that can toggle between sex-specific states […]

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New tools in the fight against lethal citrus disease

August 10, 2020 0

Category: Summary: Scientists are closer to gaining the upper hand on Huanglongbing, a disease that has wiped out citrus orchards across the globe. New models of the bacterium linked to the disease reveal control methods that were previously unavailable. Source: Microbiology News — ScienceDaily Read More

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How maths modelling helps efforts to eradicate banana bunchy top virus

August 10, 2020 0

Category: Summary: Modelling the predicted movements of pervasive sap-sucking tiny insects before they infest banana crops has the potential to become a key tactic in the fight against a devastating virus, according to new research. Banana bunchy top virus (BBTV) is an aphid-transmitted banana disease that has been in Australia […]

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Curious clues in war between bacteria in cystic fibrosis patients

August 8, 2020 0

Category: Summary: Several different kinds of bacteria can cause lung infections in people with cystic fibrosis. Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which can cause pneumonia, typically infects infants or young children and persists for life, while Burkholderia cepacia complex species only infect teenagers and adults. Although Burkholderia infections are rare, when they do […]