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Special UV Lamp Can Fight Spread Of Airborne Flu Virus

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 […]

Frog Skin Peptide Could Protect Us Against Future Flu Epidemic

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 […]

NS1 Protein Mutation Weakens Seasonal Flu Virus

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 […]

Discovery Of Molecular Machine That Drives Flu Virus Spread

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 […]