Could viruses make us smarter? Scientists have examined inherited viruses that are millions of years old and have found that they play an important role in building up the complex networks that characterize the human brain.
Scientists may have found a new technique to treat a virus that may cause possible paralysis.
Scientists may have come up with a promising experimental vaccine to prevent the Ebola virus.
Scientists have uncovered the virus behind disintegrating starfish. Not only that, but they've discovered what's behind the disease's sudden appearance, which has decimated sea stars on the North American Pacific Coast.
Koalas may be revealing new clues about the origins of the human genome. Scientists have recently discovered that 39 different koala retroviruses in a koala's genome were all endogenous, which means they've been passed down to the koala from one parent or the other.
Scientists have discovered that viruses can convert their DNA from a solid to a liquid form, which explains why they're so efficient at infecting host cells.
A laser may just make an atomic-force microscope probe 20 times more sensitive. Scientists have found a way to make these microscopes powerful enough to detect forces as small as the weight of an individual virus.
It turns out that there may be a virus living inside your gut that has gone undetected by scientists for decades.
Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a severe and contagious disease that is contracted by humans as well as primates, such as monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees (among other animals). Its recent outbreak in West Africa has killed over 170 people.
Armies of viruses and bacteria fight against one another within the mineral-rich water billowing from seafloor hot springs called hydrothermal vents. Now, scientists have taken a closer look at this interaction, reveal how and why this war is occurring.
Hantavirus is a mysterious and lethal microorganism in which 30 cases are reported in the United States each year. It suddenly appeared in the Southwest over 20 years ago in an outbreak that killed over a dozen people. The virus is considered extremely deadly, causing deaths in 30 – 40% of its cas...
Scientists have proved for the first time that the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) virus that has killed 71 people can also infect camels, strengthening suspicions the animals may be a source of the human outbreak.