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Viruses in the News

A parasitic wasp deploys a virus to enact a sinister mind-control strategy.


Wasp Zombifies Ladybugs Using Virus as Bio-Weapon—a First

A parasitic wasp deploys a virus to enact a sinister mind-control strategy.

By James Owen

for National Geographic

California measles outbreak: 123 cases, latest is in Solano County

By Rosanna Xia

Los Angeles Times


Video Games and Antiviral Drugs

Did you know that scientists are now having online gamers help them design antiviral drugs? Scientist at the University of Washington designed the on-line game Fold-it (click to play) to help scientists use human ingenuity to, "solve a longstanding scientific problem, perhaps leading the way to a new anti-viral drug" (National Science Foundation). 

Check-out how it works in these articles:

On-line Gamers Succeed Where Scientists Fail, Opening Door to New AIDS Drug Design from the National Science Foundation

Gamers Discover Protein Structure that Could Help in War on HIV by Kyle Niemeyer

Has a Video Game Cured HIV by Nicholas Gerbis at


Flu Attack! How A Virus Invades Your Body
A Cure for Ebola, Rabies, & Other Virus Villains?


Check out this web interactive on making vaccines from PBS NOVA,

Viruses in History

Read about how viruses have shaped history in

"Death Stalks the Capital" by Jeanne Abrams from American History Magazine

Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson - A historical fiction novel

An American plague : the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy

Check out this timeline of the history Yellow Fever from