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  • More Ancient Viruses Lurk In Our DNA Than We Thought

    03/28/2016 6:19:00 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    University of Michigan ^ | March 22, 2016 | Kara Gavin
    One whole endogenous retrovirus genome -- and bits of 17 others -- were spotted in a study of 2,500 human genomes... Nineteen new pieces of DNA -- left by viruses that first infected our ancestors hundreds of thousands of years ago -- have just been found, lurking between our own genes. And one stretch of newfound DNA, found in about 50 of the 2,500 people studied, contains an intact, full genetic recipe for an entire virus, say the scientists who published their findings today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Whether or not it can replicate, or...
  • Test unravels history of infection

    06/04/2015 5:28:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The British Broadcasting Corporation ^ | June 4, 2015 | Jonathan Ball
    US researchers claim to have developed a single test that is able to identify past exposure to every known human virus infection, using a drop of blood.The technique decodes the infection history imprinted in our immune response. The scientists hope that the test will eventually provide important insight into how viruses contribute to development of a range of diseases. The work was published in the journal Science. During a virus infection, your immune system generates antibodies designed to fight the virus. Each antibody recognises a tiny fragment of the virus and their interaction is very specific - they fit like...
  • Plan For Lethal-Virus Laboratories Leaves Smalltown USA In Uproar

    06/28/2003 3:37:39 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 193+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 6-29-2003 | Andrew Gumbel
    Plan for lethal-virus laboratories leaves Smalltown USA in uproar By Andrew Gumbel in Los Angeles 29 June 2003 A network of high-security laboratories for storing and investigating some of the most lethal viruses known to mankind is being built across the US, leaving communities in uproar. They not only fear the risk of the viruses escaping, but also contend that the programme, part of the $6bn (£3.5bn) Project BioShield, is a stunning case of overkill. For none of the germs to be studied is related to bioweaponry. In the tiny town of Hamilton, Montana, campaigners worry that they will become...
  • Scientists Map 5,000 New Ocean Viruses

    05/21/2015 4:48:16 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies
    Quanta Magazine ^ | 5/21/15 | Carl Zimmer
    Scientists Map 5,000 New Ocean Viruses In the few decades since viruses were first found in the oceans, scientists have only been able to identify a handful of species. A new survey has uncovered nearly all the rest. Photographs by Jennifer Brum, Tucson Marine Phage LabA few of the more than 5,000 viruses discovered during the Tara Oceans Expedition. By: Carl ZimmerMay 21, 2015 In March 2011, the Tara, a 36-meter schooner, sailed from Chile to Easter Island — a three-week leg of a five-year global scientific expedition. All but one of the seven scientists aboard the ship spent much...
  • New DNA Tech: Creating Unicorns and Curing Cancer for Real?

    04/05/2015 11:12:38 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 04/04/2015 | David Ewing Duncan
    We have the earth-shattering technology in our hands—but even its inventors worry about its awesome power to alter our genetic future. “We have within our grasp the technology to change evolution. This could change the course of biological life.” — Paul Berg, Nobel Laureate and a pioneer of genetic engineeringIn 2012, scientists in the U.S. and Sweden invented a technology as potentially life-altering as splitting the atom. One that you haven’t heard of—yet—called “CRISPR-Cas9”. This innovation with the cumbrous name allows biologists to edit DNA almost as easily as cutting and pasting words and letters on a laptop.Scientists say...
  • Malwarebytes Programs

    04/02/2015 10:43:19 AM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 21 replies
    Is Malwarebytes and Malwarebytes Anti-Exploits two separate programs? If so, is it advised to have both programs on my computer? I am currently using Malwarebytes Anti-malware on my Windows 8.1 system.
  • Hackers abuse another Adobe Flash zero-day to attack thousands of web users with redirects

    02/03/2015 12:12:35 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 24 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Monday, February 2, 2015
    “Adobe is scurrying to patch the third Flash zero-day of the year, with criminal hackers already using a previously unknown and unpatched vulnerability to launch attacks against thousands of web denizens, security researchers warned today,” Thomas Fox-Brewster reports for Forbes. “Those attacks hit visitors to popular video sharing site Dailymotion, with other sites thought to be affected as the infections were launched via advertisements that will likely be resident on many other web pages.” “Visitors to any affected site would have been redirected to an attacker-controlled page where an exploit kit would attempt to compromise the target system by targeting...
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Linked To Physiological Viral Shifts

    01/24/2015 10:30:04 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies ^ | Jan 24 2015 - 1:02pm | Shelly Fraley
    Washington University School of Medicine researchers have found that those patients who suffer from inflammatory bowel diseases also had a greater variety of viruses contained within their digestive systems than they found in the bowels of health volunteers. This, they believe, suggests that viruses somehow play a role in the development of this condition. ... “This is the tip of the iceberg. A significant portion of the viral DNA we identified in these patients is unfamiliar to us—it comes from newly identified viruses we don’t know much about,” explains senior study author Herbert W. Virgin. “We have a great deal...
  • Ebola, Marburg viruses edit genetic material during infection

    11/04/2014 7:31:05 AM PST · by wtd · 15 replies
    Medical Press ^ | November 4, 2014
    Ebola, Marburg viruses edit genetic material during infectionFiloviruses like Ebola "edit" genetic material as they invade their hosts, according to a study published this week in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The work, by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the Galveston National Laboratory, and the J. Craig Venter Institute, could lead to a better understanding of these viruses, paving the way for new treatments down the road. Using a laboratory technique called deep sequencing, investigators set out to investigate filovirus replication and transcription, processes involved in the virus...
  • Ebola Spread to Guinea's Capital Raises Fears

    03/29/2014 1:19:43 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 18 replies
    MSN News ^ | March 29, 2014 | MSN News
    CONAKRY, Guinea — Ebola, one of the world's most deadly viruses, has spread from a remote forested corner of southern Guinea to the country's seaside capital, raising fears that the disease, which causes severe bleeding and almost always death, could spread far beyond this tiny West African nation's borders.
  • Newly identified natural protein blocks HIV, other deadly viruses

    02/12/2013 2:27:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | February 11, 2013 | NA
    A team of UCLA-led researchers has identified a protein with broad virus-fighting properties that potentially could be used as a weapon against deadly human pathogenic viruses such as HIV, Ebola, Rift Valley Fever, Nipah and others designated "priority pathogens" for national biosecurity purposes by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. In a study published in the January issue of the journal Immunity, the researchers describe the novel antiviral property of the protein, cholesterol-25-hydroxylase (CH25H), an enzyme that converts cholesterol to an oxysterol called 25-hydroxycholesterol (25HC), which can permeate a cell's wall and block a virus from getting in....
  • 'Tinba' Bank Trojan Burrows into Browsers to Steal Logins

    06/04/2012 8:25:11 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    PC World ^ | June 3, 2012 | John E. Dunn
    Researchers have spotted a new banking Trojan subbed 'Tinba' that appears to have hit on a simple tactic for evading security - be as small as possible. An astonishing 20KB in size, Tinba ('Tiny Banker') retains enough sophistication to match almost anything that can be done by much larger malware types. Its main purpose is to burrow into browsers in order to steal logins, but it can also use 'obfuscated' (i.e disguised) web injection and man-in-the-browser to attempt to finesse two-factor web authentication systems. A particularly interesting feature is the way it tries to evade resident security, injecting itself into...
  • Avira Criticized for Recommending Controversial Product

    06/30/2011 10:31:29 AM PDT · by catnipman · 1 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 6/14/2011 | Lucian Constantin
    Avira has stirred up some controversy among users after deciding to display ads for a third-party registry cleaner within the free version of its antivirus product. Avira AntiVir Personal, the free solution offered by the German security vendor, is one of the most popular anti-malware products on the market today and has over 100 million users. It seems that Avira recently partnered up with Uniblue, the owners of, a database of information about Windows processes, and creators of several software products. The partnership between the two companies requires Avira to display ads for Uniblue RegistryBooster within AntiVir Personal. These...
  • 'Virus-eater' discovered in Antarctic lake

    03/29/2011 3:23:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 52 replies · 1+ views
    Nature News ^ | 28 March 2011 | Virginia Gewin
    First of the parasitic parasites to be discovered in a natural environment points to hidden diversity. A genomic survey of the microbial life in an Antarctic lake has revealed a new virophage — a virus that attacks viruses. The discovery suggests that these life forms are more common, and have a larger role in the environment, than was once thought. An Australian research team found the virophage while surveying the extremely salty Organic Lake in eastern Antarctica. While sequencing the collective genome of microbes living in the surface waters, they discovered the virus, which they dubbed the Organic Lake Virophage...
  • Best Courses To Take To Get a Degree In Virology and Tutoring

    03/02/2011 11:01:36 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 5 replies
    Mind of Niuhuru | March 2 2011 | Niuhuru
    I would like to get information on the best possible courses to take. I also wanted to know if I indeed needed to take Medical Terminology to get a degree in Virology. If there are any virologists who would like to tutor me, that would be good too
  • Flu breakthrough promises a vaccine to kill all strains ... jab targets ... every type

    02/06/2011 3:35:45 PM PST · by null and void · 34 replies ^ | Sunday 6 February 2011 21.50 GMT | Alok Jha
    A team at Oxford University has had success testing a vaccine that can neuter any strain of flu virus. Photograph: Science Photo Library The treatment ... targets a different part of the flu virus to traditional vaccines, meaning it does not need to be expensively reformulated every year to match the most prevalent virus that is circulating the world. Developed by a team led by Dr Sarah Gilbert at Oxford's Jenner Institute, the vaccine targets proteins inside the flu virus that are common across all strains, instead of those that sit on the virus's external coat, which are liable...
  • Ancient Virus Found Hiding Out in Finch Genome

    10/02/2010 11:21:25 AM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 1+ views
    ScienceNOW ^ | 28 September 2010 | Cassandra Willyard
    Enlarge Image Buried gem. Researchers have uncovered "fossil virus" inside the zebra finch genome. Credit: Peripitus/Wikimedia The hepatitis B virus and its ilk have been around for a long, long time. A newly uncovered "viral fossil" buried deep in the genome of the zebra finch indicates that the hepatitis B family of viruses—known as hepadnaviruses—originated at least 19 million years ago. Together with recent findings on other viruses, the work suggests that all viruses may be much older than thought. No one knows exactly where or when viruses originated. They don't leave fossils, so scientists have begun scouring the...
  • Celeb Searches: Top 10 Most Dangerous Stars to Search for Online

    08/19/2010 8:09:40 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 3 replies
    abcnews ^ | Aug. 19, 2010 | KI MAE HEUSSNER
    Justin Timberlake must have a thing for dangerous women. Last year, the Web's riskiest celebrity search was the pop star's current girlfriend starlet Jessica Biel. Cruise and Diaz rehearse stunts for their new movie, "Knight and Day."And this year, Timberlake's former flame Cameron Diaz took the top spot on Internet security firm McAfee's annual list of the most dangerous stars to search for on the Web. Look up one of these people and you almost invite computer viruses and worms to invade your computer. "It's sort of a little bit of rivalry from the traditional world going to the cyber...
  • [Android] HTC EVO rooted once again by using an exploit in Flash Player

    07/06/2010 11:02:10 AM PDT · by RightOnTheLeftCoast · 18 replies · 3+ views
    Reddit ^ | 6 July 2010 | Reddit
    HTC EVO rooted once again by using an exploit in Flash Player. Security concerns arise as users rejoice over being able to root their phones once again after the OTA update.
  • Computer Virus

    06/10/2010 12:07:38 PM PDT · by mimi from mi · 32 replies · 877+ views
    Has anyone in the last week gotten a computer virus from Antispyware Soft? It was a real bear to get rid of. I picked it up over the past weekend, and wondered if I could have possibly gotten it from FR or perhaps the alternate FR site when FR was inoperative sometime over the weekend. When I typed Start/run/msconfig and went to the start menu, there was an item ending in tssd.exe which is the virus. Also in start/run/regedit, there was AV Soft and AV Suite. After many times, restarting and unchecking tssd.exe, and running Microsoft Security Essentials, I believe...
  • PC Gets Revenge On Frustrated User (Must see Video is too funny)

    05/07/2010 6:48:57 PM PDT · by FredJake · 6 replies · 874+ views
    Gate ^ | 5/7/10 | ?????
    I am sure that every person who has ever used a computer has had a moment or two when they wanted literally destroy the darn thing. Well imagine if you really did begin to pulverize your computer when all of a sudden things did not go quite the way you planned? Follow the link below to watch theVideo of the PC's Revenge.
  • Apple releases Security Update 2010-003 for OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard

    04/15/2010 8:04:06 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies · 305+ views
    Apple Inc. ^ | 04/14/2010
    About the content of Security Update 2010-003 Last Modified: April 14, 2010 Article: HT4131 Products Affected Product Security, Mac OS X Server 10.5, Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X Server 10.6Security Update 2010-003 ATS CVE-ID: CVE-2010-1120 Available for: Mac OS X v10.5.8, Mac OS X Server v10.5.8, Mac OS X v10.6.3, Mac OS X Server v10.6.3 Impact: Viewing or downloading a document containing a maliciously crafted embedded font may lead to arbitrary code execution. Description: An unchecked index issue exists in Apple Type Services' handling of embedded fonts. Viewing or downloading a document containing a...
  • Socialize the Legal Profession

    03/12/2010 5:38:57 AM PST · by Wontsubmit · 7 replies · 223+ views
    Vanity | 3/12/10 | WontSubmit
    I find it interesting that one constituency, Lawyers, endeavors to Socialize another, Medical Doctors. Medical Doctors are currently getting out of the business. Fewer and fewer accept medicaid/medicare patients. Methink Lawyers should be "Socialized" as well: - Put them in a big pen. Call out at random. - Fees/compensation should be fixed as is planned for Doctors. - Attire: Government issued round straw hats and pajamas. Wigs? - Foods: simple, no wines. - Lodging: modest apartments. - Transportation: bicycles. This country has a stinking lawyer problem reflected in the biggest expense for a Medical Doctor: malpractice insurance. Legal harassment and...
  • Can we detect quantum behavior in viruses?

    03/11/2010 7:21:37 AM PST · by decimon · 16 replies · 404+ views
    Institute of Physics ^ | Mar 11, 2010 | Unknown
    The weird world of quantum mechanics describes the strange, often contradictory, behaviour of small inanimate objects such as atoms. Researchers have now started looking for ways to detect quantum properties in more complex and larger entities, possibly even living organisms. A German-Spanish research group, split between the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching and the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), is using the principles of an iconic quantum mechanics thought experiment - Schrödinger's superpositioned cat – to test for quantum properties in objects composed of as many as one billion atoms, possibly including the flu virus. New research...

    03/09/2010 6:42:27 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 233 replies · 2,687+ views ^ | 3/9/2010 | Matt Drudge
    Just as the healthcare drama in the capitol reaches a grand finale, congressional officials are warning employees to avoid the DRUDGE REPORT! The Senate's Committee on Environment and Public Works issued an urgent email late Monday claiming the DRUDGE REPORT is 'responsible for the many viruses popping up throughout the Senate.' The committee ordered hill staff: 'Try to avoid' the DRUDGE REPORT 'for now'. On Monday DRUDGE served over 29 million pages with NOT ONE email complaint received about 'pop ups', or the site serving 'viruses'. The site was seen 149,967 times since March 1st from users at and...
  • New study raises the possibility that some antiviral drugs could make diseases worse

    01/13/2010 3:01:23 PM PST · by decimon · 28 replies · 736+ views
    Genetics Society of America ^ | Jan 13, 2010 | Unknown
    Research published in the journal Genetics suggests that mutagenic drugs designed to kill viruses may make them strongerAs the flu season continues in full-swing, most people can appreciate the need for drugs that stop viruses after they take hold in the body. Despite this serious need for new drugs, a team of researchers from the University of Texas at Austin raise serious concerns about an emerging strategy for stopping viral infections. According to their research report appearing in the January 2010 issue of the journal GENETICS, medications that cause viruses to die off by forcing their nucleic acid to mutate...
  • BIOS-level viruses and rootkits

    12/30/2009 8:33:14 PM PST · by wendy1946 · 49 replies · 1,680+ views
    In many worst case scenarios, a hard drive wipe is the final solution to ridding a system of an infection. But the absolute worst case scenario is if a virus attacks the BIOS, making detection and cleaning an incredible challenge. Viruses that target the BIOS arenÂ’t new, but often they are specific to a type of hardware. Researchers have now demonstrated a new type of attack that could install a rootkit on the BIOS of common systems, making it very lethal and effective. Anibal L. Sacco and Alfredo A. Ortego of Core Security Technologies released a presentation detailing the exploit...
  • Computer Help (Laptop won't load XP)

    12/22/2009 2:06:56 PM PST · by GeronL · 47 replies · 1,425+ views
    There is this older Toshiba laptop running Windows XP. It loads but I can not log in. It says it is loading the settings but then it logs off, the desktop never loads. I tried safemode but AVG is hard to use in safe mode. There may be a virus but why would it do this? I think AVG may have quarantined a file the computer actually needs or something. Does anyone have a clue?
  • Earlier flu viruses provided some immunity to current H1N1 influenza, study shows

    10/14/2009 12:31:12 PM PDT · by decimon · 13 replies · 990+ views
    University of California - Davis ^ | Oct 14, 2009 | Unknown
    University of California, Davis, researchers studying the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, formerly referred to as "swine flu," have identified a group of immunologically important sites on the virus that are also present in seasonal flu viruses that have been circulating for years. These molecular sites appear to result in some level of immunity to the new virus in people who were exposed to the earlier influenza viruses. More than a dozen structural sites, or epitopes, in the virus may explain why many people over the age of 60, who were likely exposed to similar viruses earlier in life, carry antibodies...
  • Microsoft sends biggest patch on record

    10/13/2009 1:44:22 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 17 replies · 1,277+ views
    Microsoft sends biggest patch on record Tue Oct 13, 2009 4:03pm EDT SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp issued its biggest software patch on record on Tuesday to fix a range of security issues in its programs, including the yet-to-be-released Windows 7 operating system. In a monthly update sent to users of its software, Microsoft released 13 security bulletins, or patches, to address 34 vulnerabilities it identified across its Windows, Internet Explorer, Silverlight, Office and other products. It said six of the patches were high priority and should be deployed immediately. The patches -- which update software to write over glitches...
  • Swine flu sweeping world 'at speed'

    07/17/2009 12:33:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies · 974+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | July 18, 2009
    THE World Health Organisation says swine flu has swept the globe at "unprecedented speed", and a study warns that the pandemic could tip the world into deflation and delay the economic recovery. The WHO said it will stop giving figures on the numbers infected by the A(H1N1) virus to allow countries to channel resources into close monitoring of unexpected developments and patterns in the spread of the disease. Argentina, meanwhile, issued a nationwide alert after pigs were confirmed to have the swine flu virus. "In past pandemics, influenza viruses have needed more than six months to spread as widely as...
  • Mac OS X worm: time to get worried?

    05/06/2009 12:49:42 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 12 replies · 670+ views
    ITWire ^ | Wednesday, 06 May 2009 | by Stephen Withers
    Symantec says a new worm targeting Mac OS X spreads via email and network shares. But is it really a threat?According to Symantec, the Tored worm spreads through network shares and by emailing itself to addresses gathered from the infected computer's Address Book. It opens a back door to the computer, allowing it to be conscripted into distributed denial of service attacks as well as logging keystrokes (which could be used to steal passwords and other confidential information). There is no indication that Tored can execute without user intervention. For example, Symantec does not seem to suggest that there are...
  • Mac malware warning: new threat

    03/25/2009 9:41:58 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies · 828+ views
    Web User - UK ^ | March 25, 2009
    Mac owners have been urged to be wary of a new threat that targets the Apple computer as well as Windows-based PCs. Researchers at security firm Sophos have discovered the OSX/RSPlug Trojan horse, which is being distributed on websites offering fake HDTV software. "Mac users are no different to Windows users when it comes to falling for social-engineering tricks like this - they are just as likely to install and run this program on their computer if they believe it will help them watch high-definition TV," said Graham Cluley of Sophos. Apple Mac malware: Caught on camera from Sophos Labs...
  • Human Stem Cells Created Without Viruses

    03/02/2009 8:57:16 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 1 replies · 241+ views
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 3/2/09 | Emily Singer
    Scientists have overcome a major barrier to human use. Monday, March 02, 2009 By Emily Singer In 2006, Shinya Yamanaka and his colleagues at Kyoto University in Japan reported that they could reprogram mouse skin cells to an embryonic-like state by adding four genes, since dubbed the Yamanaka factors. These cells, called induced pluripotent cells, can be transformed into different types of cells and tissues, and hold promise for studying disease and developing cell replacement therapies. However, scientists inserted the genes using viruses, making the cells unsuitable for human use. Now, for the first time, British and Canadian scientists have...
  • Computer viruses make it to orbit

    08/27/2008 1:25:10 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 9 replies · 178+ views
    BBC ^ | 8/27/08
    A computer virus is alive and well on the International Space Station (ISS). Nasa has confirmed that laptops carried to the ISS in July were infected with a virus known as Gammima.AG. The worm was first detected on Earth in August 2007 and lurks on infected machines waiting to steal login names for popular online games. Nasa said it was not the first time computer viruses had travelled into space and it was investigating how the machines were infected. [snip] The laptops carried by astronauts reportedly do not have any anti-virus software on them to prevent infection.
  • Malware authors take aim at growing number of Macs

    07/23/2008 8:56:26 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies · 136+ views
    Houston Chronical ^ | July 23, 2008 | Dwight Silverman
    In November, I wrote that many Windows users who are switching to the Mac are doing so because they're fed up with viruses, spyware and other threats aimed at the platform. Many are victims of malware that often relies on social engineering to infect a system. They're enticed into taking some action that places malevolent code on their machines. In other words, these users' bad computing habits are a major cause of their own woes. These security-clueless folks, I wrote, are now bringing those bad habits to the Macintosh platform, and according to a new story on Times Online, the...
  • Avast Free Virus Showing False Hit on Super Anti-Spyware

    05/26/2008 5:03:20 PM PDT · by cva66snipe · 29 replies · 255+ views
    none ^ | May 26, 2008 | cva66snipe
    Is anyone else using Avast Free Virus Scan getting a Trojan alert on Super Anti Syyware.exe command? I'm getting it on the boot up scan and Avast has no way of marking it a false positive. Warning shows Win32: Trogan-Gen with no anme associated except the Spyware program.
  • Microbes and Chronic Disease (Schizophrenia an infection?)

    02/03/2008 7:20:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 194+ views
    Scientific Blogging ^ | January 31, 2008
    In the US, most deaths are attributable to chronic afflictions, such as heart disease and cancer. Typically the medical community has attributed these diseases to accumulated damage, such as plaque formation in arteries or mutations in genes controlling cellular replication. This view is changing. Scientists are now beginning to recognize that many of these chronic illnesses are due to microbial infections. A recent report in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggests that schizophrenia, a mental illness leading to errors in perception, is associated with the pathogen, Toxoplasma gondii. "Our findings reveal the strongest association we've seen yet between infection with...
  • China market may be breeding ground for deadly viruses

    12/10/2007 2:48:58 AM PST · by Flavius · 22 replies · 373+ views
    reuteurs ^ | 12/10/07 | reuteur
    GUANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - Scorpions scamper in bowls, water snakes coil in tanks and cats whine in cramped cages, waiting to be slaughtered, skinned and served for dinner. Welcome to the Qingping market in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, where everything from turtles to insects are sold alongside fowl and freshly caught fish. An outbreak of the SARS virus in 2002 resulted in a local gourmet favorite -- the civet -- being banished to the black market. The racoon-like animal was blamed for spreading SARS, which infected 8,000 people globally and killed 800. But exotic wildlife and squalor have...
  • She's Come So Far Since Rabies Bout (Rare Survivor of Rabies)

    06/03/2007 4:04:33 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 8 replies · 562+ views
    JSOnline ^ | June 2, 2007 | Kawanza Newson
    (Two years after amazing recovery, Fond du Lac girl is graduating today) Fond du Lac, WI - Jeanna Giese stood in the middle of the atrium at Marian College, nervously twisting a sparkly ring and frequently touching a blue bracelet that symbolized her miraculous recovery from rabies. As she cycled between anticipation of her date's arrival and fear that he might not show up, it was hard to believe that doctors once questioned whether the teen would be able to return to school - let alone recover enough to dance with friends at her senior prom or graduate on time...
  • Venturing Into the Mines of Uganda, in Search of the Marburg Virus

    08/28/2007 10:42:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies · 762+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 28, 2007 | NICHOLAS BAKALAR
    Researchers reported for the first time last week that they have found the Marburg virus in a nonprimate species — bats. Now, they have turned their attention to a bat-infested lead and gold mine in western Uganda, in an attempt to determine if bats harbor the disease between periodic outbreaks in southern Africa. One miner working in the mine died of Marburg disease on July 14, and several others apparently recovered from it. “We’re trying to see where this goes,” Jonathan Towner, the lead author of the report, published Aug. 22 in the online journal PloS ONE, said in a...
  • Terrorists 'May Have Access To Deadly Viruses In NHS Hospitals' (UK)

    07/12/2007 11:42:52 AM PDT · by blam · 21 replies · 704+ views
    This Is London ^ | 7-12-2007
    Terrorists 'may have access to deadly viruses in NHS hospitals' 12.07.07 Lax hospital security could give terrorists easy access to deadly viruses Lax security in Britain's hospitals could give terrorists working in the NHS easy access to deadly viruses and dangerous chemicals, an expert has warned today. The warning comes just days after it emerged that seven of the eight people held over the failed car bomb attacks in London and Glasgow had links to the NHS. Hospitals are "just as vulnerable as any nightclub", a security management specialist based in a London hospital told the Health Service Journal. The...
  • Little-Known Virus Challenges a Far-Flung Health System

    07/04/2007 10:00:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 481+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 3, 2007 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    A little-known virus is causing a big fuss in Micronesia, the Pacific island nation partly managed by the United States. The Zika virus, spread by mosquitoes, produces an itchy rash, pinkeye, joint pain and fever. Since its discovery 60 years ago in an ill monkey in the Zika forest in Uganda, it has caused rare cases and outbreaks in Africa and Southeast Asia. There is no specific treatment or vaccine. Now Zika has made its first appearance in Micronesia, on the island of Yap, where health officials say there have been at least 42 confirmed cases and 65 probable ones....
  • Apple attacks Windows in new online ‘Get a Mac’ ad: 114,000 viruses? Not on a Mac

    05/08/2007 9:25:05 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 33 replies · 606+ views
    Mac Daily News ^ | 05/08/2007
    Apple has begun running a new online "Get a Mac" ad which is currently running on CNET and other online tech outlets. No word on whether this ad is also intended for TV airing and it is not currently available on Apple,com's "Get a Mac" ad section: In the ad, Windows PC tries to hide from viruses and spyware much to Mac's bewilderment. The ad closes with the text, "114,000 viruses? Not on a Mac."
  • Fish-Killing Virus Spreading in the Great Lakes

    04/20/2007 11:36:16 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies · 1,310+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 21, 2007 | SUSAN SAULNY
    CHICAGO, April 20 — A virus that has already killed tens of thousands of fish in the eastern Great Lakes is spreading, scientists said, and now threatens almost two dozen aquatic species over a wide swath of the lakes and nearby waterways. The virus, a mutated pathogen not native to North America that causes hemorrhaging and organ failure, is not harmful to humans, even if they eat contaminated fish. But it is devastating to the ecosystem and so unfamiliar, experts said, that its full biological impact might not be clear for years. It is also having a significant impact on...
  • Flu Viruses May Be Developing Drug Resistance

    04/03/2007 7:24:20 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 345+ views
    Canadian Press ^ | 4-3-2007
    Flu viruses may be developing drug resistance Updated Tue. Apr. 3 2007 5:22 PM ET Canadian Press TORONTO -- There is new and unwelcome evidence that flu viruses can evolve to develop resistance to the antiviral drugs Tamiflu and Relenza and that those less susceptible viruses can spread from person to person. Japanese researchers reported Tuesday that influenza B viruses recovered from several people who had not taken flu drugs were partially resistant to Tamiflu, Relenza or both, suggesting these less susceptible viruses were spreading at low levels in their communities. It had been hoped that viruses that developed resistance...
  • Super Bug Kills Dozens In Hospitals Across Country

    03/07/2007 4:06:35 PM PST · by WestVirginiaRebel · 1 replies · 360+ views
    Y Net News ^ | 03-07-07 | Meital Yasur-Beit Or
    A deadly bacterium known as Klebsiella pneumoniae is believed to have killed some 120-200 patients in hospitals across the country."Between 400 to 500 people have been infected by the bug, and 30 to 40 percent of them have already died. However, it is important to note that most of them were in a serious condition, and some were suffering from prior medical conditions," said Prof. Yehuda Carmeli, the head of the epidemology unit at the Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv.
  • New Technology Removes Viruses From Drinking Water

    03/03/2007 6:54:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 43 replies · 1,174+ views
    Web address: Source: University of Delaware Date: March 2, 2007 More on: Water, Microbes and More, Virology, Viruses, Sustainability, Environmental Issues New Technology Removes Viruses From Drinking Water Science Daily — University of Delaware researchers have developed an inexpensive, nonchlorine-based technology that can remove harmful microorganisms, including viruses, from drinking water.Pei Chiu (left), an associate professor in UD's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Yan Jin, a professor of environmental soil physics in UD's plant and soil sciences department, have developed an inexpensive, nonchlorine-based technology that can remove harmful microorganisms from drinking water, including viruses. (Credit: Image...
  • Opinion: Four laws Congress needs to pass now to boost computer security

    02/02/2007 12:32:07 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 340+ views
    ComputerWorld ^ | February 2, 2007 | Ira Winkler
    Excerpts - ... 1. Make ISPs (and all organizations providing computer access to more than 100 people) responsible for filtering scan and attack traffic across their networks. ... 2. Make ISPs (and all organizations providing computer access to more than 100 people) responsible for knocking customer PCs off their network if they become bots. ... 3. Make end users liable if losses are incurred because of outdated security software. ... 4. Write some kind of law concerning efficient security software. ...
  • Study uncovers a lethal secret of 1918 influenza virus

    01/17/2007 10:53:10 AM PST · by Moonman62 · 106 replies · 3,349+ views
    Eurekalert ^ | 01/17/07 | University of Wisconsin-Madison
    MADISON -- In a study of non-human primates infected with the influenza virus that killed 50 million people in 1918, an international team of scientists has found a critical clue to how the virus killed so quickly and efficiently. Writing this week (Jan. 18, 2007) in the journal Nature, a team led by University of Wisconsin-Madison virologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka reveals how the 1918 virus - modern history's most savage influenza strain - unleashes an immune response that destroys the lungs in a matter of days, leading to death. The finding is important because it provides insight into how the virus...