Respiratory syncytial virus co-infections might conspire to worsen disease (Links to an external site)

Emerging evidence suggests that pathogens can pair up to work together against immune system defences. Virologists are beginning to ask questions about which pathogens tend to infect cells at the same time, and whether these affect clinical outcomes. “What co-infections are more common or more impactful in the clinic?” says López. Clinical samples give infectious-disease […]

Nobel awarded to Charles Rice for hepatitis C discoveries at Washington University School of Medicine (Links to an external site)

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to three scientists for groundbreaking research that led to the discovery of the hepatitis C virus, an insidious and deadly blood-borne virus. One of those scientists – virologist Charles M. Rice, PhD – conducted his seminal work while on the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine.

Lab-made virus mimics COVID-19 virus (Links to an external site)

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine have developed a hybrid coronavirus that will enable more scientists to enter the fight against the pandemic. The scientists genetically modified a mild virus by swapping one of its genes for one from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.