Small molecule drugs that trigger the death of cells storing latent viruses are a promising approach for treating HIV. Researchers identified a potent compound in a marine sponge — a more likely source than it may seem.
A once fringe theory that viral and bacterial infections trigger the neuroinflammation and cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease is gaining traction. If it proves true, available antimicrobials could be a long sought-after treatment for this neurodegenerative disease.
After tragedy struck during a 1960s clinical trial, development of a vaccine for RSV ground to a halt. But as new RSV vaccine candidates enter late-stage clinical trials, a safe and effective vaccine is finally in sight.
A new vaccine targeting mosquito saliva proteins proved safe and prompted a strong immune response in humans, moving scientists one step closer to halting the transmission of all mosquito-borne pathogens.