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UMMSZika Virus (Red) infection is inhibited with the loss of EMC1 (right) as compared to control (left) scientist use CRISPR to discover Zika and Dengue weakness

“These viral dependencies on human proteins represent weaknesses that could potentially be used to prevent or stop infection,” said Brass. “Just like any enemy, the more we know about how these viruses function and replicate, the better.”. Read more 

  

Zika Virus Screen: Infection Level in Green

Our Cells Can "Swallow Up and Quarantine" Zika Virus

Eight weeks after receiving their first samples of Zika virus, scientists at UMass Medical School have shown that a very small protein we all have in our bodies—interferon-induced protein 3 (IFITM3)—can dramatically reduce the ability of Zika virus to infect human and mouse cells. Read more

 

UMMS-scientists-reveal-new-phase-of-HIV-infectionA new life cycle stage in HIV infection

Researchers at UMass Medical School have identified a new life cycle stage in HIV infection, thanks to a novel technique they developed to take images of intact infected cells. Read more

 

Other news

 
UMass Medical School Shares $7.5M HIV Grant (Telegram&Gazette)
Gilead Awards $7.5 Million in Second Round of Grants to Advance HIV Cure Research (The New York Times-Markets)
UMass Medical School Researcher Abraham Brass Recieved a Grant to Help Study a Cure for HIV-1 (Worcester Business Journal)
Gilead Awards $7.5 Million to Support HIV Cure Initiatives (Healio-Infectious Disease News)
Gilead Awards $7.5 Million in Second Round of Grants to Advance HIV Cure Research (Gilead)
$7.5M in Grants for HIV Cure Research Goes to... (POZ)
UMass Medical Center and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to Receive part of $7.5 Million Grant for HIV Cure Research (MassLive)

 

 Fitzgerald, Brass named Thomson Reuters Report Most Influential Scientific Minds (UMassMedNow)
 2016 Highly Cited Researchers (Thomson Reuters)

 

Battling Zika (Science World Magazine Vol.73 No.2 pg7)
BWF Researchers Attack Zika from Multiple Angles (Burroughs Wellcome Fund)
Identifying the Factors Exploited by Zika to Infect a Host: A Q&A with Abraham Brass (Burroughs Wellcome Fund)
Secret weakness of Zika virus exposed (Treehugger)
Scientists use CRISPR to discover Zika, dengue weaknesses (ScienceDaily)
Scientists use CRISPR to discover Zika and dengue weaknesses (PHYS.org)
CRISPR screening reveals Zika weaknesses (Business Standard)

 

UMass Researchers Find Protein Defense Against Zika (Telegram&Gazette)
UMass Researchers Discover Protein that Blocks Zika Infection (CBS Boston)
Harvard Chan: This Week in Health - June 10th 2016 Podcast (Harvard Public Health)
Image of the Day: Protective Protein (The Scientist)
Human Protein Found to Block Zika Infection (GEN)
Holy Cross Alumnus Researching Protein that can 'Swallow Up and Quarantine' Zika Virus (Holy Cross in the News)
 
HIV: Scientists Discover New Stage In Its Life Cycle (HNGN)
New Tool Give Scientists Inside Look at How HIV Works (HIV Equal Online)
HIV Infection: New Phase Revealed By UMMS Scientists (Science World Report)
ViewHIV reveals new phase of HIV infection (International Business Times)