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Jorge Kalil (holding box), director of Brazil's Butantan Institute, says his team hopes to make a Zika vaccine by mimicking a strategy used for the related dengue virus. PHOTO: BUTANTAN COLLECTION

The race for a Zika vaccine is on

Less than a year ago, Zika seemed too trivial for anyone to bother developing countermeasures. The mosquito-borne virus was racing through the Southern Hemisphere, but,…

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Antiretroviral drugs reduced HIV levels in this man's blood to minuscule levels, but his lymph node cells (purple) still produced detectable viral RNA (green). PHOTO: STEPHEN WIETGREFE, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Researchers claim to find HIV sanctuaries

A new study stirs a longstanding debate and suggests that the way to cure HIV infections may be to make drugs that better reach “sanctuary…

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New journal aims to make paper submissions simpler and faster. New journal aims to make paper submissions simpler and faster. Credit: Pathogens & Immunity

The 5-minute journal submission

There’s no shortage of places to publish original research papers about pathogens and immunity, but a new peer-reviewed journal on those topics has a unique…

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Credit: Ken Garrett

Unfilled Vials

Vaccines that appear scientifically feasible often move through development slowly because they have little commercial potential and thus have trouble attracting serious investments. Just such…

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