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Why Can’t We Beat Viruses?
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Why Can’t We Beat Viruses?

Scientist work hard to defeat viruses. Sometimes they're successful — measles and smallpox have been controlled with vaccines and drug treatments. With others, like influenza, the struggle goes on.

Investigate the most common biological unit on Earth to find out how viruses work, understand their life cycles, and see which ones are the top killers.

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Are Viruses Alive?

Are Viruses Alive?

Science has been trying to answer this question once for decades...and the answer keeps changing. Take a look at the ongoing arguments. More...

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Discovery
10 Things to Know About Measles

10 Things to Know About Measles

People who are infected with measles can easily pass the virus to more than a dozen people — their germs from a cough or sneeze can linger for up to 2 hours! Find out more. More...

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Science News for Students
Archaea: Why Do Viruses Kill?

Archaea: Why Do Viruses Kill?

Believed to be the first lifeforms, archaea have been hiding a dirty little secret. These ancient organisms are full of viruses — ancient viruses. Take a look. More...

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BBC
Bacterial and Viral Infections

Bacterial and Viral Infections

An infection can make you sick, sometimes very sick. But is it a bacterial infection or a viral one? It's important to know the difference. More...

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WebMD
Virus that Twists Snakes into Knots Revealed

Virus that Twists Snakes into Knots Revealed

It's not just snake charmers that can make snakes twist around. Scientists have discovered the virus that makes pythons and other snakes tie themselves up into knots. More...

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National Geographic
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Camels May Be a Source of the Middle East Coronavirus

Camels May Be a Source of the Middle East Coronavirus

Arabian camels may be carriers of the deadly coronavirus that’s responsible for the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). Find out more about MERS and its link to camels. More...

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NPR
How Does the Body Fight Off a Virus?

How Does the Body Fight Off a Virus?

What happens when your body launches an immune response? Why do viruses come back? And how does HIV/AIDS overwhelm the body? Find out. More...

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BBC
How Mya Breitbart Is Mapping the Genomes of Entire Ecosystems

How Mya Breitbart Is Mapping the Genomes of Entire Ecosystems

Meet this microbial ecologist who's part of the 2013 "Brilliant Ten." Along with creating a whole new branch of biology, she's found a new food source for viruses, which she's nicknamed "flying syringes." More...

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Popular Science
Pandemic 2

Pandemic 2

Tired of seeing things from a human perspective? This game challenges you to create a virus, bacterium, or parasite so successful it wipes out every last person on Earth. More...

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Crazy Monkey Games
The Cell Secret Immune System

The Cell Secret Immune System

It's a timeless battle: Virus vs. Human. See how your immune system fights a virus — even after it gets past the cell membrane, using the protein TRIM21. More...

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BBC
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Viral Geometry and Structural Diversity

Viral Geometry and Structural Diversity

No risk of infection here. Take an in-depth look at models of the viruses that cause the common cold and Dengue Fever. More...

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Viruses and Cellular Defence

Viruses and Cellular Defence

Explore the structure of viruses, how they are transmitted and replicated, and how animals and plants defend against them. More...

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BBC
Why Scientists Are Trying Viruses to Beat Back Bacteria

Why Scientists Are Trying Viruses to Beat Back Bacteria

A germ (Clostridium difficile) that causes "stomach issues" — to put it politely — doesn't respond well to antibiotics. Could treatment come in the form of virus? More...

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NPR

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