West Nile virus running wild

West Nile virus running wild

Mosquitoes spread a lot of disease, but they are not just “flying hypodermic needles.” As we rush to protect ourselves against a virus More »

The Viral Storm

The Viral Storm

If you appreciate efficiency, you have to love viruses. A few genes, and they can conquer large, important organisms like us. More »

Genetics of the body snatchers!

Genetics of the body snatchers!

athogens can change the behavior of their hosts — and now we see that a single viral gene forces a caterpillar to climb a tree before More »

Flying virus!

Flying virus!

Flu virus can fly on aerosols after a sneeze, cough, even a breath. They can stay aloft for hours, long enough to find another victim. More »

Fearing flu, finding vaccine

Fearing flu, finding vaccine

How is flu vaccine is made in eggs and animal cells? What is being done to protect us against a fast-changing, deadly virus? Is a More »

Swine flu

Swine flu

Virologists have been working late since swine flu appeared in April. With flu running amok in South America, what can we expect when More »

HIV infection caught on videotape

HIV infection caught on videotape

New video captures AIDS moving inside immune cells: HIV enters pods that form on the surface, then jumps across into a healthy immune More »

Bird Flu Spreads

What is bird flu, and why don’t we have a vaccine yet? How can we contain this influenza? Would a poorly matched vaccine be worth More »

Revenge of the Cats?

Revenge of the Cats?
The progenitor of canine parvovirus, shown here in glorious molecular detail, once afflicted only cats and their relatives. But in the

Cranberry Juice: Anti-Viral Drink?

Cranberry juice helps prevent bacterial infections. Could it do the same for viral infections? New research says yes. Grab a glass — More »

Virus Caught on Candid Camera

Virus Caught on Candid Camera
Atomic cameras at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute have captured a new model of the human papillomavirus (HPV). The picture may be