It has been dubbed The Barbecue Stopper: an aggressive mosquito spreading a crippling virus through Asia. Both the mosquito and the virus are now knocking on Australia’s door, to the alarm of public health authorities worried about a major outbreak. The mosquito is the Asian tiger mosquito, or Aedes albopictus. The virus is chikungunya. Both […]
An unborn baby has no defence against the devastating congenital cytomegalovirus. Most people have never heard of CMV, yet up to 80% of us silently carry the virus. Cytomegalovirus – or CMV – often presents as a cold, or mild flu. We can carry it for our entire lives, and it is thought to have […]
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute immunologist, Dr John Miles, has been awarded a 2013 Young Tall Poppy Science Award. The hotly-contested awards recognise outstanding young scientific researchers and communicators. Dr Miles, 34, is team head of the QIMR Berghofer Human Immunity Laboratory. His research is focussed on the role of T-cells, an important group of […]
Associate Professor David Harrich has been researching HIV for thirty years, since starting as a research assistant at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the early 1980s when the first cases of HIV/AIDS emerged. “I’ve come close to giving up in the past. But today I’m so encouraged. I feel very fortunate because […]
New Australian research has, for the first time, shown exactly how blood cells called platelets kill the parasite that causes malaria infection and revealed a new reason why people from Africa are more predisposed to the disease than others.
Malaria, which is caught from infected mosquitoes, is usually fatal if left untreated. According to the World Health Organization, 90% of all malaria deaths in 2010 occurred in Africa and most of the victims were less than five-years-old.
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