Expert Analysis:
Infectious Diseases

July 15, 2016

First case of Zika sexual transmission from female to male reported

The first case of female-to-male Zika virus transmission has been reported in New York City, according a press release from the CDC. Previously, only incidents of male transmission to other partners had been reported. Continue reading

June 28, 2016

First primate model of Zika virus infection allows scientists to study new treatments

Scientists report in Nature Communications that healthy, pregnant rhesus macaque monkeys can be infected with Zika, providing a means for studying the mechanisms of infection. Continue reading

May 20, 2016

Researchers report using CRISPR to remove HIV DNA in live animals for the first time

The removal of HIV virus DNA from the genomes of live animals using CRISPR-Cas9 has been reported in the journal Gene Therapy. Continue reading

May 2, 2016

Antibody protects mice against Zika infection

Researchers have reported that an antibody protected Zika-infected mice against the virus, in a small trial of ten mice. The authors say a humanized version of the antibody could be a potential therapy for Zika infection. Continue reading

March 22, 2016

What we know about Elizabethkingia, the bacteria causing deaths in Wisconsin and Michigan

The CDC is investigating what it calls  ’the largest recorded outbreak’ of a rare bloodstream bacterial infection which has resulted in the death of seventeen patients in Wisconsin and one patient in Michigan since November 2015. The bacteria Elizabethkingia anopheles, is commonly … Continue reading

March 14, 2016

SARS-like virus engineered in the lab gives insight into possible disease threat

Researchers have assessed the threat of a SARS-like virus, found naturally in bats, by ‘reverse engineering’ the virus in the lab. The authors, found that human airway cells were easily infected in the lab and conclude that the virus, WIV1 poses a threat to emerge as a human disease. Continue reading

March 4, 2016

Zika virus infects lab-grown brain cells, suggests link to birth defects

New research finds the Zika virus can infect neural cells crucial for brain development in embryos, suggesting a potential biological explanation for the cases of microcephaly seen in Latin America during the Zika outbreak. Continue reading

February 1, 2016

Zika outbreak: How can viruses cause birth defects and Guillain–Barré syndrome?

Spread of the Zika virus has been linked to the increases in the occurrence of the birth defect microcephaly and the neurological disorder Guillain–Barré syndrome. GENeS reached out to experts to find out how viruses like Zika may cause these conditions. Continue reading

January 19, 2016

Brazilian city expands use of genetically engineered mosquitoes to combat Zika, dengue

A program to release genetically engineered mosquitoes as a way to control mosquito borne diseases has been expanded by the Brazilian city of Piracicaba and the British company Oxitec. The company produces engineered Aedes aegypti mosquitoes which are thought to be the main carrier of the Zika virus which is sweeping through South and Central America. Continue reading

January 16, 2016

CDC issues travel warning amidst Zika virus outbreak: Experts weigh in on birth defects, vaccines and mosquitoes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel alert for those traveling to regions in Latin America where the Zika virus outbreak is ongoing. In light of increasing evidence that Zika infection is linked to birth defects, the CDC also suggested pregnant women should postpone travel and women trying to get pregnant should consult their healthcare provider before travel. Continue reading

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