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Viewpoint: Blame the coronavirus on ‘industrial agriculture’? We need more, not less of it to stave off the next viral pandemic

An internet meme is circulating worldwide in the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic: “Every disaster starts with a scientist being ...
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Podcast: Coronavirus—what it is, how it spreads and the surprising ways it might be treated

SARS-CoV-2, a novel coronavirus first detected in China in January, is emerging as a significant threat, with just under 128,000 ...
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Is China’s mysterious virus a ‘global health emergency’? 6 things to know about the outbreak

Just three weeks ago, China announced the outbreak of a mysterious new virus in the city of Wuhan involving a ...
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Molecular-level insight into virus transmission could help cut $30 billion in annual crop damage

For the first-time we can take a molecular-level look at one of the world's deadliest crop killers. The Luteoviridae are ...
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Inside the quest to solve mystery disease paralyzing kids

To parents and the press, the “new” disease that is paralyzing kids is a mystery. Media coverage of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), ...
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Chasing the virus behind surging polio-like illness

[Fall 2014] Kevin Messacar, a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Colorado, started seeing a wave of children with inexplicable paralysis. All of ...
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Scientists engineer bacteria-hunting virus to kill E. coli in drinking water

To rapidly detect the presence of E. coli in drinking water, Cornell University food scientists now can employ a bacteriophage ...
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Scientists aim to engineer genetic defense system against deadly grapevine disease

A new discovery by Washington State University scientists could help grape growers roll back a devastating virus that withers vines ...
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Argentina introduces GMO potato to combat virus that destroys up to 70% of nation’s crop

The Ministry of Food and Bioeconomy, under the Ministry of Agribusiness of Argentina, authorized the commercialization of the seed, and ...
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Advanced breeding could lead to virus-free cassava, saving African staple crop from extinction

“Cassava is the most important food staple in sub-Saharan Africa,” says Morag [Ferguson], a cassava specialist who [works] with [the International ...
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Better than antibiotics? Bacteria-targeting viruses show potential against pneumonia

Like other cells, bacteria often find themselves victims of viral infections, dying as new viruses burst out to infect their ...
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Viewpoint: Activists fret about neonics, but viruses are the real threat to bees

While environmentalists raise millions of dollars insisting they will get targeted pesticides (e.g. neonicotinoids) banned to save bees that aren't ...
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Talking Biotech: Can genetically engineered cassava help African farmers?

Plant scientist Devang Mehta: African farmers lose 24% of their cassava crop each year on average due to the mosaic ...
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Polio eradicated? Health officials mobilizing against AFM–rare polio-like condition

Cases of a rare condition that is characterized by polio-like symptoms have ballooned in North America and elsewhere. Here is ...
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Beyond microcephaly: Can Zika virus cause auto-immune disorder Guillain-Barré syndrome?

Much of the discussion about the Zika virus has been about its ability to cause microcephaly. But now evidence has ...
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Designer viruses and precision medicine: New findings for the future of gene therapies

Precision and personalized medicine have at their heart the promise of targeting diseases with specialized therapies specific to certain types ...
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Are imperfect, ‘leaky’ vaccines resulting in emergence of nastier viruses?

Some in medicine argue that 'imperfect' vaccines that do not eliminate all viruses from the host may lead to the ...