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Corals that can fight global warming may one day help fragile reefs

...viruses that can consume several bacteria that are deadly to the more sensitive corals....

Deconstructing brain wiring, one neuron at a time

...on, the researchers describe how they modified the deadly rabies virus, turning it into a tool that can cross the synaptic space of a targeted nerve cell just once to identify all the neurons to which it is directly connected. "We've wanted to do this for a very long time and finally found a way to mak...

Herpes infection may be symbiotic, help beat back some bacteria

...tists previously used vaccination to eliminate the deadly and highly contagious smallpox virus. Vaccines are currently in use or in clinical trials for several disease-causing strains of herpes. Human herpes viruses include oral and genital herpes, the chickenpox virus, cytomegalovirus, Epstein-Barr viru...

Female-led infanticide in wild chimpanzees

...he observed instances of infanticide indicate that deadly aggression is not a gender-specific trait in this species. ...

Dealing deadly cancers a knockout punch

...t have metastasized to the lung. For patients with deadly soft tissue sarcoma, the lungs are the most common site of metastatic disease. To date, surgery has been the only effective therapy for metastatic sarcoma. The multi-center, Phase II study follows successful completion of systemic administration t...

UQ research heralds vaccine technology breakthrough

... illness that has been linked to asthma and can be deadly but may be curable by the development of this new vaccine technology by the Sir Albert Sakzewski Virus Research Centre and The University of Queensland's Faculty of Biological and Chemical Sciences. Research centre director Professor Robert Tindle s...

Peramivir protects mice from lethal H5N1 infection

...t days. The drug also inhibited replication of the deadly strain of H5N1 virus in the lung, brain and spleen. The key to the high survival rate was treating the infected mice within 24 hours after infection with H5N1 and continuing the treatment for eight days. In contrast, a single intramuscular injection ...

HIV and malaria combine to adversely affect pregnant women and their infants

...e immune response in pregnant women. "PAM can be a deadly condition that leaves mothers and their children particularly vulnerable," says Professor Kevin Kain, an infectious disease specialist and lead author of the study. "We set out to understand how women acquire protection against malaria during pregnan...

Avian influenza survivors' antibodies effective at neutralising H5N1 strain

Adults who have recovered from the potentially deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza may hold the key to future treatments for the virus, according to an international team of researchers. In a study published today in the open access journal PLoS Medicine, the researchers have shown how specific antibo...

Genome of Clostridium botulinum reveals the background to world's deadliest toxin

...rent organisms linked simply because they have the deadly toxin. For each type, there is also a near-identical but harmless relative that lacks the toxin. C. sporogenes is the non-malignant, near twin of the organism sequenced. Professor Mike Peck, from the Institute of Food Research, commented that "It ...

Understanding why C. difficile causes disease -- it's hungry

...xin production which leads to more destructive and deadly disease, says Vivian Loo of McGill University. Sonenshein is studying a five-gene region of the bacterium’s chromosome known as the tcd locus. Two of the genes code for the toxins the bacterium produces that cause disease and a third gene code...

Revealed -- Mosquito genes that could be controlling the spread of killer viruses

...stem of the Aedes aegypti mosquito which transmits deadly viral diseases to humans have been identified in new research out today in Science. The immune system of this mosquito is of great importance as scientists believe it plays a key role in controlling the transmission of viruses that cause yellow and ...

Migration alert -- How tumor cells home in on the lymphatic system

... but they don’t understand the details of how this deadly migration takes place. In the June 2007 issue of the journal Cancer Cell, EPFL Professor Melody Swartz and postdoctoral researcher Jacqueline Shields provide an explanation along with data to support it. Tumors produce excess fluid that continuall...

CSIRO scientists join fight to save 'Tassie devil'

... save Australia’s iconic Tasmanian devils from the deadly cancer currently devastating devil populations. Researchers from CSIRO’s Livestock Industries’ Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL), Textiles and Fibre Technology and Land and Water, are working together to hunt down the cause of Devil Facial ...

Carnegie Mellon scientists find key HIV protein makes cell membranes bend more easily

...ynamics to help further drug discovery and prevent deadly infections. “We found that HIV fusion peptide dramatically decreases the amount of energy needed to bend a cell-like membrane,” said Stephanie Tristram-Nagle, associate research professor of biological physics at Carnegie Mellon. “This helps membran...

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