• 3 September 2014 - BACTERIAL INFECTIONS

    Small and nasty - rhinoviruses

    Bronchitis, Cold virus, Respiratory infections, Vaccine development

    Hatschi! Rhinoviren infizieren ihre menschlichen Wirte schnell und sind bestens an diese angepasst, was möglicherweise ihre geringe Virulenz erklärt. © fotolia / Dirima

    Rhino- come again? In strong contrast to their prevalence, rhinoviruses are not exactly what you'd call terribly well-known. Even as research goes, the culprit behind global bouts of colds, sore throats, and earaches all year long leads a decidedly clandestine existence. Over the last ten years, research on rhinoviruses has witnessed considerable progress. Martina Bünnige reports on current projects and main interests in rhinovirus research.

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  • 16 July 2014 - HIV RESEARCH

    Robert Gallo: “We need greater courage and a clear mission”

    Public Health, HIV

    A good 30 years ago, Robert Gallo stood behind the podium at a memorable press conference: Former US Secretary of Health Margaret Heckler announced in 1984 that the probable cause of AIDS had been found, that scientists could artificially mass-produce the virus and that they had developed a blood test. This was all work that Gallo had led and would continue to lead. He had achieved a major scientific breakthrough. So the war on AIDS was waged, but we have still not won. An interview with the US virologist Dr. Robert Gallo, Director of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Scientific Director of the Global Virus Network, over the successes, the mistakes and the challenges that still lie before us. [ more ]


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German Centre for Infection Research

United against Infections

It is the 21st century and infections are still a major challenge for medicine. Researchers at the German Centre for Infection Research (Deutsches Zentrum für Infektionsforschung, DZIF) are tackling this and many other issues.