African Ebola Outbreak Is a Growing Crisis

An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in several African countries has claimed the lives of at least 80 people. Frighteningly, it has now spread to a major city. Officials are now enacting measures to bring the outbreak under control, including the introduction of health and travel restrictions. » 4/02/14 3:20pm 4/02/14 3:20pm

Psychedelic Images of Terrifying Viruses

We're living in a strange world, barely protected against the infectious, replicating agents called viruses. They may have gruesome effects on our bodies, but these viruses' microscopic world looks beautiful from close up — especially because researchers often add color to the images in order to study them… » 12/04/13 3:33pm 12/04/13 3:33pm

Modern humans are still carrying Neanderthal viruses

Neanderthals and Denisovans may be long gone, but their viruses continue to live on inside our bodies. The geneticists who discovered these ancient viruses aren't sure if they're bad for us, but they could make us more susceptible to certain cancers. » 11/19/13 3:40pm 11/19/13 3:40pm

Now there's another bird flu we have to be worried about

A woman in Taiwan has just contracted the H6N1 bird flu — a strain that scientists thought could not infect people. It now joins H5N1 and H7H9 on the list of viruses most likely to make life miserable for humanity. » 11/14/13 1:30pm 11/14/13 1:30pm

Will Adam Baldwin steal Michael Bay's post-apocalyptic show Last Ship?

Check out the first trailer for The Last Ship, the show about a deadly viral apocalypse from executive producer Michael Bay. TNT has officially greenlit this show about a single Navy vessel after the end of the world, airing in 2014. » 5/07/13 12:49pm 5/07/13 12:49pm

Scientists combine bird and swine flus to create mutant airborne virus

Researchers in China have created a batch of designer viruses by selectively combining genes from the H5N1 bird flu virus with those of the H1N1 swine flu strain. This reassortment process — which can happen naturally in nature — resulted in several hybridized strains that were able spread through the air and infect… » 5/06/13 2:20pm 5/06/13 2:20pm

Scientists No Longer Banned from Researching Deadly Mutant Bird Flu

It was around this time last year when two teams of scientists from the U.S. and the Netherlands submitted papers for publication in Science and Nature describing how the H5N1 virus could be converted into a human-contagious form. All that was required were a pair of crafty genetic manipulations — and voila — instant… » 1/24/13 11:20am 1/24/13 11:20am

Woman with eye infection had an entire microbial ecosystem in her…

There's a reason why optometrists say you should regularly replenish your contact lens solution and throw out your lenses after the expiry date. Last year, a young woman contracted an eye infection after using tap water to dilute her cleaning solution, and while wearing contact lenses that were two months past their… » 10/17/12 7:05am 10/17/12 7:05am

Scientists identify virus that makes snakes tie themselves into knots…

This is about as nightmarish as it must get for snakes: Scientists have finally identified an ebola-related disease that causes snakes to tie themselves into knots, stare off into space, and waste away. The condition, which was first discovered in the 1980s, is called inclusion body disease (IBD), and is known to… » 8/24/12 11:07am 8/24/12 11:07am

Are bites from vampire bats making people resistant to rabies?

Rabies is virtually non-existent in North America, but it's still a blight in many parts of the world, including South America. The disease, which is commonly transmitted by bats, is almost always fatal. But a recent study conducted in Peru is suggesting that native people there may have developed an immunity to the… » 8/03/12 7:55am 8/03/12 7:55am

A deadly new strain of bird flu has spread to seals. Could humans be…

We already know that the deadly H5N1 avian flu is only one stabilizing mutation away from being able to spread to humans. But as society nervously anticipates a potential pandemic, we get disturbing news that a different variant of the flu, the equally ominous H3N8, has successfully made the leap from birds to seals. » 7/31/12 12:40pm 7/31/12 12:40pm