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Amino Acid Trio Blocks Zika’s Ability To Replicate

A novel formulation of multiple amino acids hinders the replication of Zika virus by up to 90% in human and non-human primate cells, a new study[1] indicates. Researchers tested a unique composition of three free-form amino acids (FFAAP) — cystine, glycine, and glutamate, as well as a minute amount of selenium — that was previously […]

Coconut Oil Compounds Repel Insects Better Than DEET

Compounds derived from coconut oil are better than DEET at repelling blood-sucking insects, a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study finds. Using repellents is one of the most efficient ways to prevent disease transmission and discomfort associated with insect bites. For more than 60 years, DEET(N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide) has been considered the gold standard in insect […]

After Zika Infection, Interferons Drive Fetal Demise

When exposed to Zika virus before birth, mouse fetuses with a specific antiviral protein commit cell suicide, while fetuses without it continued to develop. The finding suggests that the protein, a receptor involved in immune cell signaling, plays a role in spontaneous abortions and other human pregnancy complications. This research could have implications for pregnant […]