Giant virus revealed in 3-D using X-ray laser
For the first time, researchers have produced a 3-D image revealing part of the inner structure of an intact, infectious virus, using a unique X-ray laser at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator ...
Study shows example of a parasite using a bioweapon to control host
Viruses help microbial hosts cope with life at the extremes
A new study reveals that viruses lend a surprisingly helpful hand to microbes eking out a living near deep-sea hydrothermal vents.
Microbes scared to death by virus presence
The microbes could surrender to the harmless virus, but instead freeze in place, dormant, waiting for their potential predator to go away, according to a recent study in mBio.
The 'intraterrestrials': New viruses discovered in ocean depths
The intraterrestrials, they might be called. Strange creatures live in the deep sea, but few are odder than the viruses that inhabit deep ocean methane seeps and prey on single-celled microorganisms called ...
Mobile DNA sequencer shows potential for disease surveillance
A pocket-sized device that can rapidly determine the sequence of an organism's DNA has shown its potential in disease detection, according to a study published in the open access, open data journal GigaScience.
New viruses discovered in ocean depths
The intraterrestrials, they might be called.
More infectious diseases emerging because of climate change
The appearance of infectious diseases in new places and new hosts, such as West Nile virus and Ebola, is a predictable result of climate change, says a noted zoologist affiliated with the Harold W. Manter ...
Charting Colorado's vulnerability to climate change
Sea-level rise may not be eating away at Colorado's borders, but climate change exposes other critical vulnerabilities in the state, according to a new report. Rising temperatures likely will take a toll ...
Scientists discover viral 'Enigma machine'
Researchers have cracked a code that governs infections by a major group of viruses including the common cold and polio.
Bacterial adaptive defenses could aid in disease prevention
Bacteria have a sophisticated means of defending themselves, and they need it: more viruses infect bacteria than any other biological entity.
Human and technical ingenuity will be required to defeat shape-shifting malware
The FBI and Europol recently brought down a criminal botnet – a network of remotely-controlled PCs – powered by Beebone, an advanced, polymorphic malware capable of shape-shifting up to 19 times a day to preven ...
Maine police pay ransom to hackers to get files back
Some Maine police agencies say they have had no other choice than to pay a ransom to computer hackers to get their police records back.
First report of a new crop virus in North America
The switchgrass exhibited mosaic symptoms—splotchy, discolored leaves—characteristic of a viral infection, yet tested negative for known infections. Deep sequencing, a new technology, revealed the plants ...