Soviet Doctors Cured Infections With Viruses, and Soon Yours Might Too

In the Soviet Union, western antibiotics couldn't make it past the Iron Curtain. So Eastern Bloc doctors figured out how to use viruses to kill infectious bacteria. Now, with antibiotic-resistant bugs vexing doctors, that eerie yet effective method might come our way. In post-antibiotic world, infection cures you! » 6/07/14 4:51pm 6/07/14 4:51pm

Will Smallpox Reemerge in Siberia as Corpses Thaw from Climate Change?

In an article primarily about the potential folly of holding onto stockpiles of smallpox virus for research purposes—a now-eradicated plague that humans no longer have natural immunity to and that would very likely cause a worldwide catastrophe should it escape from the lab—the BBC includes one awesomely horrible… » 2/03/14 4:07pm 2/03/14 4:07pm

Researchers create a ‘trojan-horse’ virus to eliminate cancer in mice

Scientists in the United Kingdom have developed a new therapy in which cancer-killing viruses hide inside the immune system of mice. The researchers successfully demonstrated that macrophages (immunity-endowing white blood cells) can be used to deliver specially designed viruses that can attack tumors directly. And… » 12/24/12 9:29am 12/24/12 9:29am

Brand new "SARS-like" virus has emerged in the Middle East. Time to…

A second person has been identified as carrying a new respiratory illness similar to the SARS virus that claimed the lives of hundreds of people in 2003. The first patient, in Saudi Arabia, has already died from the recently identified coronavirus. Both of the patients apparently contracted the disease in the Middle… » 9/24/12 1:40pm 9/24/12 1:40pm

Would you pay to be infected with diseases from celebrities? The…

Here's the trailer for Antiviral, which was directed and written by David Cronenberg's son, Brandon. It's apparent that the body horror apple didn't fall far from the tree that screams when you nail a birdhouse to it. Starring Caleb Landry Jones (Banshee from X-Men First Class) and set in the near future, Antiviral » 8/09/12 9:05am 8/09/12 9:05am

10 Ways the Human Microbiome Project Could Change the Future of Science…

When astronomers talk about the number of planets in the Milky Way Galaxy, they talk in terms of hundreds of billions. When microbiologists talk about the Human Microbiome — the bacteria, viruses and fungi living in and on each of our bodies — they talk in terms of hundreds of trillions. » 6/25/12 10:28am 6/25/12 10:28am

Breakthrough: Gene Therapy Provides Full Protection from HIV…

For hundreds of years, immunization has been one of society's most elegant and dependable methods of disease prevention. Vaccines have been developed for infections ranging from measles to HPV. Many of us get vaccinated to protect ourselves against seasonal illness, or before traveling internationally. Vaccination is… » 12/01/11 8:11am 12/01/11 8:11am

10 Words You Might Think Came from Science (But Are Really From Science…

Last week it came to our attention that the phrase "blast off" was coined—not in a purely scientific context, but a science fictional one—by E. E. Smith, an early science fiction author often referred to as "the father of space opera." The term appeared in Smith's 1937 story Galactic Patrol, when one character… » 10/17/11 10:00am 10/17/11 10:00am

The Shark Immunity Factor that Could Save Your Life

Scientists have known for some time that dogfish sharks, like the one pictured up top, naturally produce a broad-spectrum antibiotic called squalamine in their livers. Now, new research into the cellular function of squalamine reveals how it also confers a broad-spectrum antiviral benefit for the shark — one we humans… » 9/20/11 12:58pm 9/20/11 12:58pm