Topic: Infectious disease

Bacteria Suppress Their Antibiotic-Resistant Cousins

May 13, 2015
Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Doctors battling antibiotic resistant superbugs are in desparate need of new treatment options. New research suggests that the infecting bacteria might be turned against themselves to weaken their defenses.

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HIV Not As Infectious Soon After Transmission As Thought

March 17, 2015

People who recently have been infected with HIV may not be as highly infectious as previously believed, a finding that could improve global efforts to prevent HIV transmission and save lives. In particular, the finding bolsters the strategy of treating patients with antiretroviral drugs before the onset of AIDS to prevent transmission.

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Researchers Discover Possible New Target to Attack Flu Virus

April 9, 2014

[caption id="attachment_45357" align="alignright" width="300" caption="This region of the NS1 viral protein binds the host protein DDX21, making it a potential target for new antivirals against the flu virus"]NS1 Protein[/caption]

AUSTIN, Texas  Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered that a protein produced by the influenza A virus helps it outwit one of our body's natural defense mechanisms. That makes the protein a potentially good target for antiviral drugs directed against the influenza A virus.

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Scientists Cage Dead Zebras in Africa to Understand the Spread of Anthrax

April 22, 2013

Infected zebra were left where they died but protected by electrified cage exclosures.

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50-Year Cholera Mystery Solved by Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin

May 29, 2012

For 50 years scientists have been unsure how the bacteria that gives humans cholera manages to resist one of our basic innate immune responses. That mystery has now been solved, thanks to research from biologists at The University of Texas at Austin.

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