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Defective genomes modulate respiratory syncytial virus pathogenesis
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During viral replication, defective genomes may arise that lack essential sequences. These so-called defective genomes cannot replicate unless they are in ...

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SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.7 is not more virulent
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When the B.1.1.7 variant of SARS-CoV-2 was first detected in the UK in December 2020 it was accompanied by unsubstantiated claims of increased ...

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A tapeworm drug to treat COVID-19?
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Niclosamide (pictured) is a drug that has been approved in humans to treat infections with a variety of tapeworms. It might be useful for preventing ...

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T cells will save us from COVID-19
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In our quest to stop the COVID-19 pandemic by vaccination, we have been myopically focussed on inducing antibodies against the spike protein. As ...

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A-H1N1 Swine Flu Likely Originated in US Lab
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When the first reported cases of A/H1N1 swine flu emerged in April 2009, it was widely believed that the novel influenza strain originated in Mexico. By late ...

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How vaccines work
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Vaccines work by educating the host’s immune system to recall the identity of a virus years after the initial encounter, a phenomenon called immune memory. ...

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Understanding virus isolates, variants, and strains
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Many virology terms are being used these days by people who do not understand their meaning. Included are journalists, medical doctors, scientists, ...

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SARS-like bat coronaviruses are not only in China
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It is well past the time to stop blaming a laboratory in China for the release of SARS-CoV-2. Such fallacies reflect an ignorance of scientific facts, ...

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An antiviral to prevent or treat SARS-CoV-2 infection
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Vaccine development has far outpaced antiviral discovery for COVID-19. Hydroxychloroquine was a disaster, and the repurposed remdesivir, which must be ...

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Complement Fixation Test
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There are three diagnostic methods used to identify viruses; the direct, the indirect and serological techniques. Complement fixation test is one of the ...

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