A new study at the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University Irving Medical Center reports that nonstop low levels of far ultraviolet C (far-UVC) light can kill airborne flu viruses without damaging human tissues. The results indicate that use of overhead far-UVC light in schools, hospitals, doctors’ offices, airports, airplanes, and other public spaces… Read more

Every year the World Health Organization Influenza Surveillance Network reviews staggering amounts of data to help predict which strains of influenza virus will be suitable candidates for a flu vaccine for the coming influenza season (Barr et al., 2010). This review is necessary because of the appearance in most years of new mutant strains that… Read more

Researchers looked at secretions from the skin of a south Indian frog called Hydrophylax bahuvistara and found it contained a peptide which could kill certain flu viruses in the lab. They called this peptide “urumin” – after a curved sword that comes from the same region of India as the frog. They also found that… Read more

A rare and improbable mutation in a protein encoded by an influenza virus renders the virus defenseless against the body’s immune system. This University of Rochester Medical Center discovery could provide a new strategy for live influenza vaccines in the future. A new approach to the live flu vaccine would be particularly advantageous right now… Read more

Scientists have used the Diamond synchrotron to uncover the structure of a key component involved in the spread of influenza C virus. Integral to viral replication, polymerases are enzymes that copy the viral genome and produce messenger RNA which is then used to make building blocks for new virus particles. Influenza C is a variety… Read more