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No cure for common cold (2013) - rhinovirus C15

  • No cure for common cold, but UW scientists make major breakthrough
  • NEWS: Rhinovirus C15 model
    Reference: Modeling of the human rhinovirus C capsid suggests a novel topography with insights on receptor preference and immunogenicity
    Holly A. Basta, Jean-Yves Sgro, Ann C. Palmenberg
    Virology Volume 448, 5 January 2014, Pages 176-184
    Go to the C15 Model on this site | VIROLOGY highlight blog: The common cold in 3D

    Press Releases after publication of Palmenberg et al. (2009) Science article

    Palmenberg AC, Spiro D, Kuzmickas R, Wang S, Djikeng A, Rathe JA, Fraser-Liggett CM, Liggett SB.
    Sequencing and Analyses of All Known Human Rhinovirus Genomes Reveals Structure and Evolution

  • Sequences capture the code of the common cold
  • Complete Genomes of All Known Human Rhinoviruses Are Published
  • Select Major Media Press Annoucenemnts

  • New York Times: Cure for the Common Cold? Not Yet, but Possible
  • CNN: Genetic map of cold virus a step toward cure, scientists say
  • USA Today: Nothing to sneeze at decoding the common cold
  • Chicago Tribune: Scientists are inching closer to a cure for the common cold
  • Wisconsin State Journal: University of Wisconsin-Madison virologist helps sequence genetic instructions for common cold

  • UW News in Virology"

    UW-Madison News: Virology

  • Study redefines role of estrogen in cervical cancer

  • Scientists have prior evidence that the hormone estrogen is a major driver in the growth of cervical cancer, but a new study examining genetic profiles of 128 clinical cases reached a surprising conclusion: Estrogen receptors all but vanish in cervical cancer tumors.

  • In Sierra Leone, a chance to learn from Ebola

  • When Yoshihiro Kawaoka and members of his research team first arrived in Sierra Leone in December 2014, the consistent wail of ambulance sirens was a frightening reminder that the Ebola virus was there, too.

  • Insights gained from growing cold-causing virus on sinus tissue

  • Using sinus tissue removed during surgery at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, researchers at University of Wisconsin-Madison have managed to grow a recently discovered species of human rhinovirus (HRV), the most frequent cause of the common cold, in culture.

  • Virus hybridization could create pandemic bird flu

  • Genetic interactions between avian H5N1 influenza and human seasonal influenza viruses have the potential to create hybrid strains combining the virulence of bird flu with the pandemic ability of H1N1, according to a new study.

  • Compound found to safely counter deadly bird flu

  • The specter of a drug-resistant form of the deadly H5N1 avian influenza is a nightmare to keep public-health officials awake at night.

  • UW faculty recognized by American Academy of Microbiology

  • Two members of the University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty are among 72 scientists from around the world who have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology.

  • Sequences capture the code of the common cold

  • In an effort to confront our most familiar malady, scientists have deciphered the instruction manual for the common cold.

  • Scientists isolate genes that made 1918 flu lethal

  • By mixing and matching a contemporary flu virus with the"Spanish flu" - a virus that killed between 20 and 50 million people 90 years ago in history's most devastating outbreak of infectious disease - researchers have identified a set of three genes that helped underpin the extraordinary virulence of the 1918 virus.

  • Ebola virus disarmed by excising a single gene

  • The deadly Ebola virus, an emerging public health concern in Africa and a potential biological weapon, ranks among the most feared of exotic pathogens.

  • Features of replication suggest viruses have common themes, vulnerabilities

  • A study of the reproductive apparatus of a model virus is bolstering the idea that broad classes of viruses - including those that cause important human diseases such as AIDS, SARS and hepatitis C - have features in common that could eventually make them vulnerable to broad-spectrum antiviral agents.

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