A reservoir of viruses.
Globalisation has ensured that pandemics are a fact of life, but are we learning from past mistakes?
NASA’s Aqua satellite, carrying sensors used by researchers to measure mosquito-favoring environmental conditions on Earth.
Satellite imaging can locate mosquito-friendly environments, allowing us to predict the advance of diseases they carry.
Life hasn’t been sweet for the honeybees lately.
New study maps the spread of 'deformed wing virus' – and it follows patterns of human trade.
A growing problem.
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Some have criticised the idea of birth control to counter small heads in babies thought to be linked to Zika virus but it's an opportunity.
Orchid infected with the Tobacco mosaic virus.
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They're good, they're bad and they're useful: we are still discovering what we can do with plant viruses.
A women gets an HIV test. Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for the majority of the HIV deaths annually.
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Two major clinical trials will be conducted in South Africa in 2016 to test ways of preventing new HIV infections.
Viruses are not all bad. In fact, many ecosystems would not function without them.
The word "virus" strikes terror into the hearts of most people. But most viruses are actually vital to our very existence.
Understanding where and how the virus hides on treatment is one of the biggest questions facing scientists working on HIV.
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Ebola’s clever trick – to lie dormant inside a cell or to hide in a particular organ – is not unfamiliar. Lots of viruses do it. HIV is the master of such a trick.
A Scottish nurse who was "cured" from Ebola is now back in serious condition after the virus appeared to have re-emerged.
The reservoirs of dormant HIV have been the main barrier to a cure.
Researchers have found a promising way of kicking the AIDS virus out of its hiding place in infected cells, potentially removing the main obstacle to curing HIV.
People who have big weekends tend to take more sickies at work.
There's no doubt chronic alcohol abuse changes the body's infection-defence system. But here's what the research says on whether a binge-drinking weekend can make people more susceptible to illness.
The more we take antibiotics, the more likely we are to have superbugs down the line.
Antibiotics can prevent serious harm and stop infections becoming fatal. But they won't kill common cold and flu viruses, and careless overprescribing by doctors can do more harm than good.
Detecting viruses in wild-caught mosquitoes provides intimate detail of disease transmission cycles.
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We monitor mosquitoes to help predict and control virus outbreaks. And a new technique for collecting mosquito saliva from the field has made the process both more sensitive and inexpensive.
These little-loved microbes may be coming in from the cold.
We don't trust bacteria and we don't trust GM, so putting them together might be controversial. That's exactly what we're doing, though.
GM herpes virus on the case.
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Take two of medicine's great foes and pit them against each other.
Rombertik takes the nuclear option rather than be found.
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Rombertik malware will happily take the nuclear option on your hard drive.
Ross River is most common in adults aged 25 to 45 years.
About one in five people infected with Ross River virus develop symptoms, which start two to 19 days after being bitten.
Don’t look so worried Cromwell, she’s just asleep.
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In the first episode of BBC historical drama Wolf Hall, based on Hilary Mantel’s novel of the same name, Thomas Cromwell returns home to find his wife and two daughters have all died during the night…
Under the microscope.
The world has been keeping a very close eye on the Ebola virus for nearly a year now following the extraordinarily large outbreak seen in Western Africa, which has so far killed more than 8,000 people…
Ebola close up.
Ebola virus disease was first discovered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1976, and by 2013 had caused about 20 recorded outbreaks across East and Central Africa. These had been restricted to…