Medical research

An experimental peptide could block COVID-19

In hopes of developing a possible treatment for COVID-19, a team of MIT chemists has designed a drug candidate that they believe may block coronaviruses' ability to enter human cells. The potential drug is a short protein ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Scientists find a new way to attack herpesviruses

Human cytomegalovirus is a leading cause of birth defects and transplant failures. As it's evolved over time, this virus from the herpes family has found a way to bypass the body's defense mechanisms that usually guards against ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Neuropilin-1 drives SARS-CoV-2 infectivity, finds breakthrough study

In a major breakthrough an international team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, has potentially identified what makes SARS-CoV-2 highly infectious and able to spread rapidly in human cells. The findings, published ...

Oncology & Cancer

Cancer-killing virus acts by alerting immune system

A new UC San Francisco study has shown that a cancer-killing ("oncolytic") virus currently in clinical trials may function as a cancer vaccine—in addition to killing some cancer cells directly, the virus alerts the immune ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Alpacas could be the secret weapon against COVID-19

Alpacas Big Boy, Blue Eyes and Emperor may hold the key to combating COVID-19. Their antibodies could offer a defense against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease.

HIV & AIDS

Scientists identify a new potential reservoir of latent HIV

Scientists have long known that even in the face of antiretroviral therapy, some HIV virus remains in infected individuals forever, hiding in small reservoirs of cells of the immune system. When these individuals discontinue ...

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