Tag Archives: Laboratory of Virology and Infectious Disease

Charles M. Rice wins Lasker Award for groundbreaking work on the hepatitis C virus

Charles M. RiceThis year’s Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award honors Charles M. Rice, who developed a system to study the replication of the virus that causes hepatitis C, an advance that has led to safe and powerful new drugs that cure the disease. The award, considered the most coveted American prize in medical science, will be presented on September 23 in New York City. More »

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Charles Rice wins Belgium’s highest scientific prize

Charles Rice wins Belgium’s highest scientific prizeRice has received the 2016 InBev-Baillet Latour Health Prize for his fundamental discoveries in the field of infectious diseases. The award, given by the Baillet Latour Fund to recognize outstanding contributions in biomedical research for the benefit of human health, is Belgium’s most important scientific prize. More »

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A virus common among livestock depends on a microRNA to replicate

A virus common among livestock depends on a micro-RNA to replicate Increasingly, scientists are finding that small RNA molecules might be effective targets for antiviral drugs. Using a new screening method, Rockefeller researchers now show that a number of RNA viruses need access to micro-RNAs produced by their host cells to replicate. More »

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Charles Rice to receive 2015 Robert Koch Award

Charles Rice to receive the 2015 Robert Koch AwardGranted by the Robert Koch Foundation, the annual award is one of Germany’s most distinguished scientific prizes and honors extraordinary accomplishments in infectious disease research. It recognizes Rice’s work on understanding the lifecycle of the hepatitis C virus and laying the groundwork for effective therapeutic developments. More »

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Study details microRNA’s role as a double agent during Hep C infection

Study details microRNA’s role as a double agent during Hep C infectionBoth the virus and liver cells need the microRNA molecules the liver produces to regulate its genes. Researchers found that by co-opting one microRNA, the virus may cause changes in gene expression in liver cells. More »

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Key to blocking influenza virus may lie in a cell’s own machinery

Key to blocking influenza virus may lie in a cell’s own machineryResearchers have found that the immune system fights a flu infection by turning off cellular enzymes the virus needs to put the final touches on new viral particles. The unfinished particles cannot spread infection to new cells. More »

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‘Big picture’ of how interferon-induced genes launch antiviral defenses revealed

A team of researchers, led by scientists from Rockefeller University, for the first time has carried out a comprehensive, systematic evaluation of the antiviral activity of factors induced by interferon. The findings, published online today in the journal Nature, are a first step toward unraveling how these naturally occurring molecules work to inhibit viruses. More »

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Researchers modify yellow fever vaccine to fight malaria

A genetically modified vaccine originally used to eradicate yellow fever could be the key to stopping a mosquito-borne scourge that afflicts much of the developing world. More »

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Scientists visualize how a vital hepatitis C virus protein moves along its nucleic acid substrate

In a series of three snapshots that recapitulate the coordinated actions, scientists reveal how a protein essential for the replication of the hepatitis C virus moves along its nucleic acid substrate. The finding illustrates the nucleotide-dependent changes of interactions between the protein, known as NS3, and DNA, work that suggests some of the most feasible strategies to date to block the action of this largely unexplored drug target. More »

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Multitasking may be Achilles heel for hepatitis C

Hepatitis C, a formidable virus that affects 130 million people worldwide, is nursing some pretty impressive bruises. By knocking out sections and subsections of one of its proteins, scientists reveal weak spots in the virus’s armor and gain new momentum for developing drug targets for sufferers of the disease. More »

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