The science is now used to tackle a range of diseases.
Peter Doherty's Nobel Prize-winning insights proved crucial for understanding how viral infections are controlled.
The outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil had Australian travellers on alert but transmission is only possible in tropical Queensland.
New research shows common local mosquitoes aren’t able to spread Zika. This means Australia is unlikely to see a major outbreak of the disease. But a risk remains in northern Queensland.
Newborn aedes albopictus mosquito.
A virologist gives the low-down on chikungunya.
But what are the risks?
Next time just work with your body clock.
Marcos Mesa Sam Wordley
Stay away from viruses in the early morning – and in winter.
Hex code from the Blaster worm reveals the potential motivations of the worm’s creator.
How can archivists properly preserve computer programs often written specifically to destroy data?
News about the sewage and pollution in Guanabara Bay in Rio have caused health concerns among Olympic athletes.
Wastewater treatment systems around the world are hamstrung by outdated tests that don't identify a growing array of pathogens or identify the sources of pollutants.
The thing all five viruses have in common is they can cause mild to very severe liver damage.
Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E are very different viruses. Hepatitis A is genetically closer to the common cold than it is to hepatitis B. Hepatitis C is closer to the virus that causes dengue fever.
GMOs may very well have filled up that syringe.
Syringe image via www.shutterstock.com
Public health experts enlist the molecular biology tools that create genetically modified organisms – as well as the GMOs themselves – in the fight against emerging infectious diseases.
Computer modelling can help in the fight against the spread of disease.
It took a computer to discover the potential threat of a drug-resistant strain of swine flu that was about to spread from New South Wales. So how close did we come to a global pandemic?
Ed Hutchinson/University of Glasgow
Understanding how the flu virus copies itself could open a way to killing it.
Fumigation to prevent possible spread of the mosquito Aedes Aegypti in Sao Paulo.
The number of new Zika-related microcephaly cases in Brazil is falling. But it's too early to relax.
Goldfish might look nice, but they can also spread a variety of decidedly not-nice viruses.
Many pet fish end up in ponds, fountains and waterways. But before ditching your goldfish in the park, stop and think about the viruses you could also be releasing.
A virus is essentially an information system (encoded in DNA or RNA) surrounded by a protective coat.
Humans have a deep history of viral infections, the evidence for which dates back to ancient DNA from Egyptian mummies.
They might look like an alien species, but these bacteria-eating viruses could be the next big thing in the fight against infectious diseases.
The virus that could cure antibiotic resistant infections.
Virus spreading machines.
When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, how you dry your hands can be just as important as how you wash them.
An Angolan soldier administers a yellow fever vaccine to a child at “Quilometro 30” market, Luanda.
EPA/Joost de Raeymaeker
Angola's yellow fever outbreak has been declared a grade 2 emergency by the World Health Organisation.
How has a retrovirus survived intact within the human genome for millennia, and how has it affected us?
A researcher looking at E.coli bacteria strain at the Institute of Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment in Latvia.
What is the difference between these pathogens, and how dangerous are they?
Black-headed flying fox (right) among a grey-headed colony.
Bats can carry some of the deadliest diseases known to affect humans and yet they don't seem to get sick. So what can we learn from a bat's immune system?