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Bat Virus A 100-Percent Genetic Match To Human MERS
2013-08-22 06:58:15

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Earlier this month scientists from The Netherlands found a correlation between MERS and camels, discovering Middle Eastern and African dromedaries had carried coronavirus antibodies genetically similar to the virus infecting humans. Now, researchers from Columbia University, EcoHealth Alliance and the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health have discovered the first concrete evidence of animal to human transmission. The results of this...

Research Finds No Link Between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Retroviruses
2012-09-18 11:06:32

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A Multi-site study confirms that chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), previously documented in two separate research papers, to be associated with the XMRV and pMLV viruses, respectively, has no connection with either disease-causing virus. The causes of CFS, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), have long puzzled scientists, until a 2009 paper in the journal Science linked it to the mouse retrovirus XMRV (xenotropic murine...

2008-02-07 12:50:00

A previously unknown virus has killed three recent transplant recipients who had a common Australian donor. All three patients, women aged 63, 64 and 44, had developed encephalitis, a swelling of the brain. The new virus is not yet named, but seems to be related to the lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, which usually causes only a minor flu-like illness. When all three patients died in the Australian hospital after receiving a liver and two kidneys from the same man, doctors knew immediately...

Word of the Day
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.