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Manipulating ancient RNA: Herpes viruses evolved to learn

Herpes viral infections use the ancient genetic material found in the human genome to proliferate, mimicking the same process tumors have been found to manipulate, Mount Sinai researchers have shown for the first time. These observations provide further insight about how herpes viruses can manipulate the immune system in ways that may drive neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, according to the study, published in Nature Communications.

Hepatitis C Virus: Molecule Capable of Viral Elimination Synthesized

The compound called GA-Hecate also acts on bacteria, fungi and cancer cells and will be tested against Zika and yellow fever viruses.  A new compound that inhibits the replication of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in several stages of its lifecycle – and is also capable of acting on bacteria, fungi and cancer cells – has been synthesized by researchers. The study was supported by São Paulo Research Foundation – FAPESP via several research projects and described in an article published in  Scientific Reports .

Research: Influenza Picking Up Speed Across US

The number of states reporting high influenza-like illness activity have expanded sharply across the United States to include New York City and nine states, up from just two states during the previous flu report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). New York State is getting hit particularly hard. Influenza cases in the state have risen by 72% during the past week, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in a statement on December 27.

Influenza Vaccination Coverage Rates Insufficient Across EU Member States

None of the European Union (EU) Member States could demonstrate that they reach the EU target of 75% influenza vaccination coverage for vulnerable groups, according to a new report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Influenza vaccination coverage remains low in many countries, and leads to severe disease, hospitalisations and premature deaths. If no improvements in the vaccine uptake will be seen, significant burden on the healthcare systems can be expected also during this upcoming winter season.