News tagged with pathogenic viruses

Hepatitis C virus faces new weapon

In recent human trials for a promising new class of drug designed to target the hepatitis C virus (HCV) without shutting down the immune system, some of the HCV strains being treated exhibited signs of drug ...

dateSep 29, 2010 in Biochemistry
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The right response to every pathogen

In the event of an infection, the immune system releases messenger substances. These molecules can either activate immune cells to defeat invading pathogens, or inhibit them to prevent an excessive immune reaction. For this, ...

dateJun 07, 2010 in Medical research
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Immune protein fends off exotic virus

A study published online on February 1 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine shows that antiviral proteins called type I interferons (IFNs) are needed to fend off infection with an exotic mosquito-borne virus called Chikun ...

dateFeb 01, 2010 in Medical research
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