Browsing: Emerging Disease
Biothreats are in the limelight of the current military, scientific and medical debate. Although it is arguable whether they are a major impending risk, their political and societal relevance is out of discussion. They are one of the collective fears which characterize our epoch.
New findings suggest that biogenesis of small regulatory fragments from tRNA can have wide ranging effects on key aspects of Aedes aegypti vector biology.
Infectious diseases remain a major cause of mortality across the globe, so if pathogens could therefore be harnessed as a weapon, the implications would certainly be severe and far-reaching. Find out more about biothreats and bioterrorism in our explainer.
Researchers have identified that the Ebola virus recruits a host enzyme, PP2A-B56, for replication, demonstrating that inhibiting this pathway could be a target for drug discovery.
New research has suggested that mosquitoes are more likely to transmit dengue virus in warmer weather, indicating climate patterns as an early warning system for outbreaks.
Researchers have demonstrated that mice previously infected with dengue have protection against Zika virus that appears to be conferred by cytotoxic T cells.
Researchers have reported an acceptable safety and immunogenicity profile of an Ebola vaccine in adults and potentially in children in Africa – indicating that the vaccine produces an immune response and is considered safe.
Blood samples from US athletes and staff who travelled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 2016 Summer Games were not infected with Zika virus but tested positive for other viral infections, including West Nile Virus, dengue and chikungunya.