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Emerging Bird Flu Strain Still Poorly Adapted For Infecting Humans
2013-12-05 19:41:56

Scripps Research Institute Avian influenza virus H7N9, which killed several dozen people in China earlier this year, has not yet acquired the changes needed to infect humans easily, according to a new study by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). In contrast to some initial studies that had suggested that H7N9 poses an imminent risk of a global pandemic, the new research found, based on analyses of virus samples from the Chinese outbreak, that H7N9 is still mainly adapted...

2012-09-17 13:55:41

Ads in Craigslist lead to potential medical advance Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute and Sea Lane Biotechnologies have solved the co-crystal structure of a human antibody that can neutralize influenza viruses in a unique way. The antibody recognizes the crucial structure that flu viruses use to attach to host cells, even though previously this structure had been thought too small for an antibody to grab effectively. The immune protein manages to hit this precise spot by using...

2012-08-10 02:58:11

The work is a key step toward 'universal' vaccine and therapies against flu A team led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute and Crucell Vaccine Institute in the Netherlands describes three human antibodies that provide broad protection against Influenza B virus strains. The same team had previously reported finding broadly neutralizing antibodies against Influenza A strains. The isolation of the new broadly neutralizing antibodies, which was reported the journal Science's...

2010-10-22 14:03:38

A multi-institutional consortium led by The Scripps Research Institute scientists, the Joint Center for Structural Genomics (JCSG), is the sole focus of a special issue of the journal Acta Crystallographica Section F. This is the first time in the history of the monthly journal, which publishes peer-reviewed crystallography and structural biology articles, that an entire issue is devoted to the works of a single scientific center. The issue contains 35 articles grouped into sections that...

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2006-03-17 08:20:39

A mutation in a surface protein might lead to a pandemic, study says A newly developed molecular technology has identified certain mutations that the avian flu virus might undergo to unleash a human epidemic, researchers report. The key is a mutation in the hemagglutinin molecule -- the "H" in the H5N1 designation of the bird flu virus -- that sits on the surface of the virus and is the primary target of the immune system's protective antibodies. Besides giving insight into just how H5N1...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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