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Our DNA less 'human' than scientists previously thought!

Our DNA less 'human' than scientists previously thought!

About eight percent of what we think of as our "human" DNA actually came from viruses.

Japan develops sensor to detect viruses in five minutes

Japanese electronics giant Toshiba in collaboration with Osaka University has developed a sensor that detects infectious viruses in five minutes, the media reported on Tuesday.

Shots for other viruses offer clues in race for Zika vaccine

Scientists are racing to create a Zika vaccine, and while they're starting from scratch against a poorly understood disease, copying shots for similar viruses offers a head start.

Single vaccine for Chikungunya, related viruses comes closer to reality

 Researchers have identified "broadly neutralizing" antibodies that protect against infection by multiple, distantly related alphaviruses, including Chikungunya virus, that cause fever and debilitating joint pain.

Ancient 'magic' plant to help grow food in space

Ancient 'magic' plant to help grow food in space

 A team of Australian scientists has discovered a gene in a "magical" plant that will open the door for space-based food production, especially during deeper human missions, including to Mars.

Drug from banana substance may help fight AIDS

A substance originally found in bananas and carefully edited by scientists could lead to drugs that fight off a wide range of viruses, including those that cause AIDS, Hepatitis C and influenza, new research suggests.

Rectal compound can help prevent HIV

 A rectal microbicide formulated as an enema can help prevent HIV and possibly other sexually transmitted infections, a new study has said.

2016 Rio Olympic athletes risk serious illness from polluted water: Report

2016 Rio Olympic athletes risk serious illness from polluted water: Report

Athletes risk serious illness from dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria in sewage-contaminated waters at the swimming and boating venues being prepared for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

New method to develop more efficient drugs

Scientists have developed a new approach to develop highly-potent drugs which could overcome current shortcomings of low drug efficacy and multi-drug resistance in patients.

Know how to prevent multidrug resistance

Instead of just one drug, prescribing patients drug combinations that reach similar parts of the body could be an effective way of combating pathogens such as viruses or bacteria, says a new study.

Online voting comes a step closer to reality

Even as voters gear up to stand in queue for Britain's upcoming general election this month, researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have developed a technique to allow people to vote online - even if their home computers are suspected of being infected with viruses.

Infectious diarrhoea viruses can spread by air

Noroviruses, a group of viruses responsible for over half of global gastroenteritis cases, can spread by air up to several metres from an infected person, warns a new study.

Honey bees use multiple genetic pathways to fight infections

Honey bees use different sets of genes, regulated by two distinct mechanisms, to fight off viruses, bacteria and gut parasites, according to a new study.

Viruses may play a role in inflammatory bowel diseases

Inflammatory bowel diseases may be associated with an increase in the diversity of viruses in the body, scientists say.

'Single punch' universal flu vaccine comes closer to reality

A new study has revealed that a "single punch" universal flu vaccine may soon be a reality.

Self-repairing software that fights back malware

Self-repairing software that fights back malware

New software has been recently developed that not only eradicates viruses and other malware but also automatically repair the damages caused by them.

Even healthy people carry viruses in their bodies!

On an average, healthy individuals carry about five types of viruses in their bodies and the same viruses that make us sick can take up residence in and on the human body without provoking a sneeze, cough or other troublesome symptom, says a significant study.

Superman tops list of 10 most toxic superhero links on internet

McAfee reveals that superman links are the most lethal out of all superhero links on Internet.

Unknown gut bacteria and viruses mapped

Using a new principle for analysing DNA sequence data, researchers have mapped 500 previously unknown micro-organisms in human intestinal flora as well as 800 unknown bacterial viruses which attack intestinal bacteria.

Vaccines for SARS, MERS viruses closer to reality

Researchers have figured out how to disable a part of the SARS virus responsible for hiding it from the immune system; a critical step in developing a vaccine against the deadly disease.