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Spliced Peptides More Common Than Previously Thought

Thousands of new immune system signals have been uncovered with potential implications for immunotherapy, autoimmune diseases and vaccine development. The researchers behind the finding say it is the biological equivalent of discovering a new continent. The research was led by Dr Juliane Liepe from Imperial College London and Dr Michele Mishto from Charit√© Universit√§tsmedizin Berlin […]

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 […]

First Zika Sexual Transmission From Female To Male

The first instance of female-to-male Zika sexual transmission has been announced by the CDC. Previously, only incidents of male transmission of Zika virus to other partners had been reported. The CDC also announced that they are updating their guidelines on sexual activity for those in areas at risk of Zika. Dr. Mark R. Schleiss, Director, […]

Gene Expression Blood Test Discriminates Between Bacterial, Viral Infections

Antibiotics have saved millions of lives and created a world in which complex and lifesaving surgeries are possible. But the overuse of antibiotics threatens to create a global scourge of antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens. Because of this problem, public health experts regularly remind physicians to prescribe antibiotics only for bacterial infections. But too often there’s no […]

Engineers Design Programmable RNA Vaccines

MIT engineers have developed a new type of easily customizable vaccine that can be manufactured in one week, allowing it to be rapidly deployed in response to disease outbreaks. So far, they have designed vaccines against Ebola, H1N1 influenza, and Toxoplasma gondii (a relative of the parasite that causes malaria), which were 100 percent effective […]