• Explainer: what is viral load?

    … and how does a vaccine affect it?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced us to a raft of new terminology in the past two years, with important implicatio...

    COVID October 27, 2021
  • Why are viruses considered non-living?

    Viruses lack many of the features that are considered signs of life.

    Viruses: living or non-living? Viruses are responsible for some of the world's most dangerous and deadly diseases, i...

    Biology October 15, 2021
  • Ebola resurfaced: some viruses are never really gone

    What caused the recent ‘resurrection’ of the Ebola virus?

    Seven years after the last Ebola epidemic in Guinea, the virus has once again raised its ugly head, with 23 cases and...

    Body and Mind October 4, 2021
  • Even koalas need a virus PCR test

    A new PCR test offers hope for threatened koalas.

    As if they weren’t struggling enough from predators and loss of habitat, koalas also suffer from a virus unique to th...

    Animals July 28, 2021
  • Super-fast Hendra test

    Developers claim new testing kit can detect killer virus in minutes.

    Tests for the deadly Hendra virus, most often found in horses but transmissible to humans, can be quicker than ever t...

    Biology July 21, 2021
  • How far can SARS-CoV-2 travel into the airways?

    A mathematical model shows it reaches deep into our lungs, and more to the right than the left.

    SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted by aerosols – tiny particles delivered through coughing, sneezing and talking that remain s...

    COVID June 15, 2021
  • COVID-19 news and trends

    A digest of science and reporting @ 16 October.

    The numbers Rising COVID-19 numbers in the US and Europe are alarming national leaders (in most cases) and leading...

    Health October 16, 2020
  • Nobels start with a double triple

    Prizes for Physics and Physiology or Medicine shared.

    The start of Nobel Prize week in 2020 has been very much a shared experience. Last night, Australian time, the Roy...

    News October 7, 2020
  • How COVID-19 can affect our sense of smell

    Study finds key enzyme in only one area of the nose.

    US researchers think they have discovered why people with coronavirus sometimes lose their sense of smell, even when ...

    Health August 20, 2020
  • Conversation

    Be alert but not alarmed

    New H1N1 swine flu found in China.

    By Ian M Mackay, University of Queensland Researchers have found a new strain of flu virus with “pandemic potentia...

    Features July 2, 2020
  • Measles may be much older than we assumed

    Researchers reconstruct genome from preserved lung.

    Measles may have emerged as early as the sixth century BCE, according to a new study of some old samples. That is ...

    Health June 20, 2020
  • Conversation

    Why are there so few antivirals?

    It’s all a question of cell biology, academics explain.

    As the end of the second world war neared, mass production of the newly developed antibiotic penicillin enabled life-...

    Features May 12, 2020
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