Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Q&A: What new COVID-19 variants mean for our vaccine options

Over nearly a year of life in a global pandemic, words and phrases like "masking," "social distancing," "quarantine" and "herd immunity" have jumped into public conversation and stayed there, shorthand for what we are all ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Viral sequencing can reveal how SARS-CoV-2 spreads and evolves

The emergence of SARS-CoV-2 virus variants that are adding twists in the battle against COVID-19 highlight the need for better genomic monitoring of the virus, says Katia Koelle, associate professor of biology at Emory University.

Health informatics

Bioinformatics: At the forefront, behind the scenes

Bioinformatics is an inherently interdisciplinary effort, combining the molecular biology revolution heralded by pioneers like Watson and Crick with advances in computer science that have placed previously unimaginable abilities ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Study shows how Ebola evolved during the outbreak in West Africa

University of Bristol researchers have played a key role in a new multi-national Ebola study published in Nature. The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has been going on for over a year and there have been fears about the ...

Medical research

Measles-flu comparison yields insights for vaccine design

By comparing flu viruses to the virus that causes measles, researchers fine-tuned a tool that may enable faster vaccine design, according to a study led by Mount Sinai researchers and published online this week in the journal ...

HIV & AIDS

Researchers find potential map to more effective HIV vaccine

By tracking the very earliest days of one person's robust immune response to HIV, researchers have charted a new route for developing a long-sought vaccine that could boost the body's ability to neutralize the virus.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Evolutionary analysis improves ability to predict the spread of flu

With flu season around the corner, getting a seasonal vaccine might be one of the best ways to prevent people from getting sick. These vaccines only work, however, if their developers have accurately predicted which strains ...

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