Viruses

Could Llamas Cure COVID-19?

Jun 16, 2020

  By Emma Goldberg Scientists around the world are racing to find a cure for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, that has become a global pandemic.  Researchers in the US and Belgium may have discovered the key to a cure: a furry, goofy, lovable llama! Meet Winter: a 4-year old, chocolate brown […]

Meet Edward Jenner

Apr 02, 2020

By Jenna Beam Meet Edward Jenner, a physician from way back in the early 1800’s. Why do we care about another old English man, you ask? Because Edward Jenner is the man responsible for one of the most important medical discoveries ever made: vaccines.  As a baby through early childhood, and even sometimes as an […]

Do we really have the cure for HIV?

Dec 13, 2019

By Christian Agosto-Burgos The Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) emerged around 1920 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, probably as the result of human consumption of raw or undercooked chimpanzee’s meat contaminated with the Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV). If untreated, HIV can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). HIV did not become a global issue until […]

Curing the Common Cold

Oct 31, 2019

By Emma Joy Goldberg It’s that time of year again! The time of year when, one by one, your friends, teachers, sisters, brothers, moms and dads come down with that dreaded weeklong cold! That’s right, it’s cold season! Traditional symptoms of the common cold that no one seems able to escape include a runny nose, […]

The Flu and You

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By Christina Marvin If you have not come down with the flu yourself, you most likely have had a friend or family member who has. It rears its ugly head each year, infecting those it comes in contact with and discriminating against no one. If you’ve been following this blog, you may have read about […]

Wet Hair, Colds, and the Truth About Viruses

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By Michelle Engle As kids, we are often told, “don’t go outside with wet hair, you will catch a cold!” Is there any truth to this old saying, or is it just a persistent myth? Knowing the difference between myths and scientific facts is important for making educated decisions. But what’s even more important is […]

Ancient virus genes make male mice extra muscular

Dec 05, 2016

By Lauriel Earley You’ve probably already heard that you may have more bacterial cells than human cells in your body*, but did you know that you’re also part virus? About 5-8% of your genome is from viruses that integrated into the DNA of your ancestors. These pieces of virus that are in your genome are called […]