- Linfa Wang, CSIRO Australia and Duke-NUS
- Joana Azeredo, University of Minho
- Blossom Damania, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Andrew Easton, University of Warwick
- Tom Geisbert, University of Texas Medical Branch
- Erna Geessien Kroon, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
- Johnson Mak, Deakin University
- Alan McLachlan, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Klaus Osterrieder, Freie Universität Berlin
- Daniel Pérez, University of Maryland
- Shin-Ru Shih, Chang Gung University
- Xueping Zhou, Zhejiang University
A new vaccine for Rift Valley Fever, a disease of livestock and humans, was engineered from chimpanzee adenovirus and protected mice from infection, paving the way for clinical trials.
Influenza A virus was shown to cut through mucus to infect the underlying cells, by cleaving sialic acid with its neuraminidase protein, identifying a new way flu has evolved to disarm our defences.
Epstein-Barr Virus was found as a co-infection with Human Papilloma Virus in a proportion of cervical cancer cases in Algerian women, suggesting it may have a role in disease progression.
An unusual type of Human Papillomavirus, HPV58, was detected in oropharyngeal carcinoma of a 69-year-old woman, providing rare evidence for types other than HPV16 as a cause of this cancer.
The virus discovery technique VIDISCA-454 was used to identify a new genotype of Torque Teno mini virus in two HIV-1 positive patients, with unknown potential to cause human disease.
Bluetongue virus was shown to induce aberrant mitosis through non-structural proteins NS1 and NS2, which interacted with the kinetochore and centrosome respectively.
A real-time RT-PCR diagnostic test for Zika virus was developed, providing a useful tool for distinguising this emerging virus from other clinically similar arboviruses like dengue and chikungunya.
A genetic survey of Southern rice black-streaked dwarf virus in rice and maize found it widespread in Southern China, similar to the distribution of its vector, the white-backed plant hopper.
Aims & scope
Virology Journal is an open access, peer reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of virology, including research on the viruses of animals, plants and microbes. The journal welcomes basic research as well as pre-clinical and clinical studies of novel diagnostic tools, vaccines and anti-viral therapies.
The Editorial policy of Virology Journal is to publish all research which is assessed by peer reviewers to be a coherent and sound addition to the scientific literature, and puts less emphasis on interest levels or perceived impact.
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Professor Linfa Wang is a leading researcher in emerging infections, including the discovery of novel, potentially zoonotic, viruses in bats. He is Director of the Program in Emerging Infectious Diseases at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore, and an Office of the Chief Executive Science Leader at CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL).