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Although very small in size, mosquitoes are perhaps the only predator that has thrived through the millennia, causing death through vector-borne diseases. In fact, it is counted among the world's deadliest, killing more than seven lakh people each year.
New York: Scientists have identified the molecular handle that chikungunya virus grabs to get inside cells and cause arthritis pain, a finding that could lead to ways to prevent or treat the disease as well as related viruses. The study, conducted over mice, identified the protein on cells called Mxra8 that is needed for chikungunya […]
Roorkee: Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee have identified a molecule that exhibits antiviral activity against the chikungunya virus, raising hopes of finding a new way to combat the mosquito-borne viral disease. Chikungunya causes severe fever and joint pain. At present, there are no drugs or vaccine available in the market to treat it. […]
Roorkee: In a move that could lead to a breakthrough in combating chikungunya, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Roorkee has claimed to have discovered the anti-viral potential of a drug piperazine — used for worm infections. Medicine piperazine offers a new perspective for therapeutic intervention, thereby inhibiting the spread of virus, say researchers. Currently, there […]
New York: With a new assay developed in the US, health workers now have a quick way to detect whether or not a sample of mosquitoes harbours the virus that causes chikungunya (CHIKV) within an hour. This is expected to cut down the waiting time for results of laboratory tests that take days, or even […]
Over the millennia, man has conquered everything in sight (and many things not in sight!). Having stamped his authority on the world, he set its sights on the universe. The moon was the first stop; now it is the Mars. He has got the better of deadly diseases like plague and cholera, which wiped out […]
New York: Researchers have developed a tool that attracts and captures female mosquitoes looking for a site to lay eggs, which in the future may help curb the chikungunya virus. The study, published in the journal PLOS, shows that Autocidal Gravid Ovitrap (AGP trap) successfully protected people from getting infected with the chikungunya virus in […]