- 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 phylogenomic analysis found that giant viruses, virophages and transposable elements have a complex evolutionary relationship, suggesting that viruses evolved from non-viral mobile genetic elements and vice versa, on more than one occasion.
A PCR screen of soricine shrews captured over three years in Poland identified a new hantavirus, Boginia virus, with unknown pathogenic potential.
Human monoclonal single chain antibodies specific to the M2 protein of H5N1 influenza virus were produced and shown to inhibit viral replication, providing a possible treatment for infection.
This survey of almost half a million mosquitoes over 5 years in Kenya identified 83 different viruses including alphavirus, flavivirus and orthobunyavirus species that cause human and animal disease, adding greatly to our understanding of arbovirus ecology in this region.
A study of respiratory disease in Zhuhai, China, found seasonal patterns of influenza virus, respiratory syncytial virus, and human metapneumovirus as well as correlations between some viruses with air temperature or air humidity.
A virulent outbreak of H7N3 avian influenza in Mexican chickens was due to a virus that acquired its multi-basic cleavage site from host 28S rRNA, the first time this has been observed in nature.
An extensive screen of virus genomes for the stem-loop structure s2m found it in four virus families, Astroviridae, Caliciviridae, Picornaviridae and Coronaviridae, suggesting it is a mobile element with possible RNAi activity.
Mice deficient in IRF-3 and 7 were permissive to infection with dengue virus and transmitted the virus to back mosquitoes, providing a new mouse model to study this important pathogen.
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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.
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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).
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