Synthetic antibodies built with bacterial superglue could help fight emerging viruses

Synthetic antibodies constructed using bacterial superglue can neutralise potentially lethal viruses, according to a study published on April 21 in eLife. The findings provide a new approach to preventing and treating infections of emerging viruses and could also potentially be used in therapeutics for other diseases. Bunyaviruses are mainly carried by insects, such as mosquitoes,

Space travel can make the gut leaky

Bacteria, fungi, and viruses can enter our gut through the food we eat. Fortunately, the epithelial cells that line our intestines serve as a robust barrier to prevent these microorganisms from invading the rest of our bodies. A research team led by a biomedical scientist at the University of California, Riverside, has found that simulated

Why multipartite viruses infect plants rather than animals

Multipartite viruses have a strange lifestyle. Their genome is split up into different viral particles that, in principle, propagate independently. Completing the replication cycle, however, requires the full genome such that a persistent infection of a host requires the concurrent presence of all types of particles. The origin of multipartite viruses is an evolutionary puzzle.