Molecular Virology and Microbiology News

Rotavirus outsources cellular protein to assemble virus factoriesDec 4, 2018
A team of researchers led by Baylor College of Medicine found the formation of rotavirus factories depends on a cellular protein called CK1α.
Mother’s milk influences neonatal rotavirus infectionNov 27, 2018
Using a multidisciplinary approach, an international team of researchers from several institutions reveals that complex interactions between sugars and the microbiome in human milk influence neonatal rotavirus infection.
PPM1D gene gives a winning boost to stem cellsNov 1, 2018
In a recent study, researchers combined clinical and laboratory studies to show the PPM1D gene can confer blood cells exposed to the chemotherapy agent cisplatin a survival advantage that might favor the development of leukemia years later.
Distinct stages in infant microbiome development identifiedOct 24, 2018
In the largest clinical microbiome study in infants reported to date, a team found distinct stages of development in the microbiome that were associated with early life exposures. 
How good bacteria keeps your gut healthyJul 3, 2018
New research reveals a cellular mechanism by which good bacteria can help the gut stay healthy.
Mosquito saliva alone triggers unexpected immune responseMay 17, 2018
Researchers have taken a closer look at the effect of mosquito saliva alone and found that it can trigger an unexpected variety of immune responses in an animal model of the human immune system. 
Hotez, Zoghbi join American Academy of Arts and SciencesApr 18, 2018
Dr. Peter J. Hotez, and Dr. Huda Y. Zoghbi have been elected as the newest members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary titles.
T cell responses against elephant herpesvirus identifiedMar 12, 2018
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have been able to identify T cell immune responses directed against elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus.
There’s still time to get your flu shotJan 26, 2018
This year’s flu season was predicted to be severe, and so far those predictions have been accurate. However, it’s not too late to be vaccinated against the virus.
Researchers gain insight into how the intestine repairs itselfJan 24, 2018
Researchers have gained new insights into how the small intestine, one of the fastest renewing tissues in the human body, repairs itself after injury caused by intestinal rotavirus infection.