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Eating elderberries can help minimize influenza symptoms

Folk medicines and herbal products have been used for millennia to combat a whole range of ailments, at times to the chagrin of modern scientists who have struggled to explain their medicinal benefits. However a recent study by researchers at the University of Sydney has determined exactly how a popular ancient remedy, the elderberry fruit, […]

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Developing a vaccine against Nipah virus

Nipah virus is a type of RNA virus transmitted from animals to humans. The infection causes severe respiratory illness and symptoms including cough, headache and fever, which can progress into encephalitis, seizure and coma. Currently, there is no approved vaccine against Nipah virus available on the market. In recent years, outbreaks, from bat-to-human or pig-to-human […]

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New, large sequence panel enables population genetics research in Africa

Geneticists have assembled the largest sets of African genomic data available to date, creating a resource that will help researchers understand the genetic structure of Africa as well as the effects of genetic variation on protein function and disease. The findings underscore the importance of including globally diverse participant cohorts in genetics research, and were […]

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Airport Security Trays Harbor More Viruses Than Toilets: Study

Researchers have revealed what carries the highest level of pathogens in the airport, and it is not found in the bathroom. In a new study, Niina Ikonen, from the the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare, and colleagues found that the plastic trays used at airport security checkpoints harbor the highest level of viruses […]