Medieval mummy shows people have been infected with hepatitis B at least for centuries

The virus could have been infecting people for thousands of years.

Computer simulation identifies HIV Achilles Heel, offering new avenue for treatment

It also showcases how powerful computer simulations can be in fighting viruses.

Researchers hijack plant to produce polio vaccine

Anti-vaxxers finally have a natural option.

Boiling-acid-proof virus’ outer shell structure could inspire better medication, sturdier buildings

Not bad for such a small thing.

Massive simulation of the HIV ‘shell’ reveals new vulnerabilities that we might exploit to eliminate the virus

It took two years on a supercomputer to simulate 1.2 microseconds in the life of the HIV capsid.

World Health Organization confirms second Ebola case in new outbreak

The disease rears its ugly head again.

Scientists tie antibody escorts on white blood cells’ access points to stop HIV dead in its tracks

It’s more effective than welding a slab of steel on the Death Star’s thermal exhaust port.

Unvaccinated children account for majority of pediatric deaths due to the flu

Immunization is important.

Resurrected drug could help us better fight viruses

Stanford researchers are proposing something different: they want to boost our body’s defense systems instead of targeting the virus.

Mummified child found in 17th century Lithuanian crypt might crack the mystery of smallpox virus

Though smallpox is now extinct, we need to learn about the origin of the virus.

When it comes to the world of viruses, we’re just scratching the surface

We’ve only seen the tip of the surface.

First case of Zika transmitted through touch in Utah was a freak occurrence, paper finds

A lot of things worked together to allow infection via casual touch alone.

Brain scans of Zika infected babies suggest the outbreak is worse than we thought

The full extent of Zika is far from being known.

The Zika virus might have reached the U.S., Florida governor warns

Should the virus get a foothold in southern Florida, containing it might become difficult, if not impossible.

Zika virus might cross from mother to fetus by hiding in immune cells

A massive breakthrough in the fight against the Zika virus was made by Emory University School of Medicine who recently report a possible mechanism for the viruses’ migration from mother to baby.

Beautiful symmetry — 3D reconstructions of viruses

Designer/molecular biologist Eleanor Lutz is back with yet another awesome science feature: virus trading cards.

New SARS-like virus can jump directly to humans from bats

A virus similar to SARS has been identified in Chinese horseshoe bats that may be able to infect humans without prior adaptation. Overcoming this genetic barrier could be the first step for an outbreak, according to a study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Zika Virus spreads through South America: 2100 pregnant Colombians infected

A few days ago, the health minister in Colombia warned that the country is extremely vulnerable to the Zika virus that’s spreading like wildfire through South America. He was right, as it turns out. Over 2100 pregnant Colombian women are already infected, as Zika has already been confirmed inĀ 23 countries and territories in the Americas – including the US. Zika

90 percent of skin viruses are completely unknown

Just like an ecosystem inhabits an area, so to is your skin inhabited by a swarm of micro-organisms – including viruses.

A virus was used to harvest energy from light, and it could be used in solar cells someday

Solar energy could be turned up a notch not by some exotic material or chip, but surprisingly by viruses. A team at MIT published a paper demonstrating how a genetically modified virus was used in a quantum system to transfer energy at double the speed and over a greater distance than even the best solar cells.