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The UK media’s ‘Aussie flu’ fears have gone viral – but can a global source be identified?

“Flu viruses circulate all year around, all over the world, and they are constantly evolving through mutation” writes Ian M for theguardian.com. Multiple flu viruses circulate each year and are broadly grouped into two types: A and B. Influenza B viruses form two main groups, while the influenza A viruses are more variable.Flu viruses are also shared around the globe thanks to air travel. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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The US government is lifting a ban on engineering deadly viruses to make them more dangerous

“On Tuesday, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced it was lifting a moratorium on funding research into creating a deadly virus with those capabilities” writes Kevin Loria for businessinsider.com. The NIH’s policy shift will allow researchers to take already dangerous viruses and genetically engineer them to be more contagious or deadly.The argument in favor of this research is that nature itself creates new deadly, contagious viruses on its own.The NIH decided to stop funding these sorts of studies in 2014, after a couple of terrifying slip-ups with deadly diseases. Source:…

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Viruses discovered a century ago may be our best defense against a threat that could kill 10 million people a year by 2050

“Even so, the US is treading carefully into the world of phage therapy” writes Lydia Ramsey for businessinsider.com. They’re commonly used in parts of eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union as another way to treat infections that could otherwise be treated by antibiotics.Antibiotic resistance — the phenomenon in which bacteria stop responding to certain antibiotics — is a growing threat around the world. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Babies at greater risk of flu if they have older brothers or sisters, scientists warn

“Infants are at greater risk of serious illness from influenza if they have older brothers or sisters, new research has shown, leading for calls for older siblings to be vaccinated” writes Gillian Reynolds for telegraph.co.uk. Children are “effective spreaders” of respiratory infections and can easily pass viruses onto their vulnerable younger siblings, said the researchers, researchers at University College London and Great Ormond Street Hospital have warned. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Human semen can host up to 27 different viruses

“Now, a new meta-analysis has found that 26 other viruses can also live in human semen and go on to infect the bloodstream” writes Karl Gruber for sciencemag.org. Though not all 27 viruses are capable of person-to-person transmission, they can have other serious consequences, like reducing fertility or increasing the risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted disease.The findings, published last week in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s journal, suggest that more viruses can live in semen than previously thought.Some of these viruses can even cause mutations in the…

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The One Thing You Do on a Plane That Massively Increases Your Chance of Getting Sick

“For airborne viruses, it is incredibly important to ventilate, since ventilation becomes your main means of control besides isolating the affected person,” Dr Gendreau explained” writes Catriona Harvey-jenner for cosmopolitan.com. And it’s interesting, because there’s an assumption from most people that germs are spread further thanks to air broadening their reach. Source: cosmopolitan.com Share This:

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Millions of infected mosquitoes to tackle dengue…

“Experts form the Brazilian Fiocruz Institute release Aedes aegypti mosquitoes infected with a bacteria that prevents them from spreading dengue, Zika and chikungunya in Rio de Janeiro (AFP Photo/Apu Gomes) Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazilian scientists on Tuesday began to unleash the first of millions of mosquitoes infected with a bacteria meant to prevent the insects from transmitting the dengue virus to humans” reports yahoo.com. Thousands of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes carrying the bacteria were released in front of journalists by scientists from the Fiocruz institute in Rio de Janeiro.Scientists…

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Researchers Build a Fax Machine for Viruses

“Let’s just hope their device doesn’t share the same fate as the original fax machine” writes unknown author for popularmechanics.com. Now, a group of scientists at Synthetic Genomics has decided to bring the fax machine back, but with a twist.The researchers even hope that a biofax machine could send organisms to other planets for colonization, spreading Earth life around the cosmos.Instead of printing paper, their fax machine prints microorganisms.For now, the machine can only build viruses, but it’s only a small step to building bacteria or even larger organisms. Source: popularmechanics.com…

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First ever molecular air purification system now available

“Molekule has just launched their own air purifier that utilizes nanotechnology to remove contaminates from air at the molecular level” reports techspot.com. Unlike traditional HEPA filters found on your standard heating and air conditioning system, or carbon filters, the Molekule Air Purifier can remove viruses and extremely small particle airborne chemicals.The technology has been long under development by co-founder of Molekule, Dr. Source: techspot.com Share This:

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