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Evolutionary tree of flu viruses can help assess health risks

Last Updated: Monday, February 17, 2014, 19:24

A new study that reconstructs the evolutionary tree of flu viruses may have implications ranging from the assessment of health risks for populations to developing vaccines.

How `chameleon-like` breast cancer cells lead to brain tumours

Last Updated: Sunday, January 19, 2014, 21:10

A new study has explained why getting rid of breast cancer cells does not ensure that the disease won`t spread to the brain.

How flu evolves to escape immunity

Last Updated: Friday, November 22, 2013, 14:45

Researchers have discovered a new way to improve future flu vaccines after finding that seasonal flu is able to escape immunity from vaccines with as little as a single amino acid substitution.

Double virus risk seen with African bat

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 10:13

A large fruit bat that ranges over most of sub-Saharan Africa carries two animal viruses that pose a potential infection risk for humans, scientists said Tuesday.

Discovery of HIV `invisibility cloak` brings AIDS cure closer to reality

Last Updated: Thursday, November 07, 2013, 13:38

Researchers have discovered a molecular invisibility cloak that enables HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, to hide inside cells of the body without triggering the body`s natural defence systems.

Soon, single universal jab to give lifelong protection against all flu strains

Last Updated: Sunday, October 20, 2013, 19:16

Scientists are developing a new jab that works even if the virus mutates and can spell the end of annual flu jabs for millions.

Breast cancer, brain tumours not caused by viruses

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 09, 2013, 18:46

A new study has disproved theories that viruses cause breast cancer and the brain tumour, glioblastoma.

New nanoparticle vaccine could help protect against flu and other viruses

Last Updated: Sunday, October 06, 2013, 10:02

MIT engineers have developed a new type of nanoparticle that protects the vaccine long enough to generate a strong immune response - not only in the lungs, but also in mucosal surfaces far from the vaccination site, such as the gastrointestinal and reproductive tracts.

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