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Virus Hamiltonian Path
molecular biology

The Illuminating Geometry of Viruses

July 19, 2017

Mathematical insights into how RNA helps viruses pull together their protein shells could guide future studies of viral behavior and function.

Larger timescales give a clearer picture of evolution.
evolution

Evolution Runs Faster on Short Timescales

March 14, 2017

Examine evolution over the course of years or centuries, and you’ll find that it progresses much more quickly than it does over geologic time.

Abstractions blog

How Viruses May Have Led to Complex Life

January 24, 2017

Without viruses, we might never have evolved.

Illustration: Viruses Find a New Way to Hijack Cells
viruses

Viruses Find a New Way to Hijack Cells

December 6, 2016

A virus that causes crippling birth defects has been shown to do something else: It changes thousands of messages coming from DNA that control normal cellular activities.

Abstractions blog

Hope That an Old Drug Might Treat Zika

July 11, 2016

Scientists are having a difficult time finding a treatment for the Zika virus in part because so few drugs are safe for pregnant women. But one antibiotic has shown promise.

neuroscience

New Insights Into How Zika Harms the Brain

July 7, 2016

Researchers are racing to understand how the Zika virus causes birth defects. Their first results have revealed tantalizing clues about how the virus interferes with the developing brain — and how it might be stopped.

Biology

How Mutant Viral Swarms Spread Disease

August 25, 2015

A new understanding of viral swarms is helping researchers predict how viruses will evolve and where disease is likely to spread.

Biology

Scientists Map 5,000 New Ocean Viruses

May 21, 2015

In the few decades since viruses were first found in the oceans, scientists have only been able to identify a handful of species. A new survey has uncovered nearly all the rest.

Biology

Killer Virus Is Invading Koala DNA

March 4, 2015

An infection sweeping through Australia’s struggling koala population provides an unprecedented opportunity to explore how retroviruses insert themselves into the genome.