Sunday, 4 December, 2022

Topic: Virus

Human DNA is 8 per cent virus, and it is more important than you think

Human endogenous retroviruses make up around 8% of the human DNA, left behind as a result of infections that our primate ancestors suffered millions of years ago.

Professional malware scanning and removal tools in 2022

As of 2022, there are professional anti-virus applications that can protect your system from this malware. Take a look at the information below to learn more.

Rare strain of Ebola virus resurfaces in Uganda after 10 yrs, 1 dead, govt officials confirm

The patient showed signs of the Sudan strain of Ebola, last seen in Uganda in 2012. There is also no clarity on how effective existing Ebola vaccines will be against this variant.

Monkeypox strain detected in India not linked to European outbreak, suggests ICMR data

Data shows that the ‘A.2’ variant recognised in India may have been silently circulating worldwide for a while & is only now being detected due to the European monkeypox outbreak.

What is Norovirus? ‘Infectious but easy-to-treat’ stomach bug that’s infected 2 in Kerala

The central government has asked Kerala to submit a report on its two confirmed cases of norovirus. Kerala recorded its first outbreak of norovirus in June 2021. 

A British scientist’s quest to scientifically explain the ‘mythical powers of the Ganges’

In 'Invisible Empire: The Natural History of Viruses’, Pranay Lal tells the story of viruses as major actors across human civilisation.

15,000-yr-old viruses found in China & the unique shark intestines that work like a Tesla valve

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to their sources.

We found more than 54,000 viruses in people’s poop — 92% were previously unknown

It’s fair to say the human gut is now the most well-studied microbial ecosystem. Yet more than 70% of gut microbes have yet to be grown in a lab.

Off The Cuff with Nicholas Wade

People are now much more open to finding an alternate explanation for where the virus came from after WHO’s dissatisfactory visit to China in...

China reports first case of human infection with H10N3 strain of bird flu

Health authorities in China said the case was a sporadic virus transmission from poultry to humans, and the risk of causing a pandemic was extremely low.

On Camera


51 cow universities, old pension scheme, jobs — what RSS affiliates want from 2023 Budget

Welfare schemes and ‘self-reliance’ figure high on Sangh organisations’ wishlists for finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman ahead of the Budget, which she will present on 1 February.


Navy chief Admiral Hari Kumar addressing a press conference on the eve of Navy Day | ANI

Indian Navy puts on hold plans to build IAC 2, but is considering repeat order of Vikrant

At his annual press conference, Navy chief Admiral Hari Kumar also said they'll soon take a call on whether they'll go in for marine version of Rafale fighters or F/A 18 Super Hornets.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Gujarat election is anything but dull. BJP’s political neurosis about AAP is the hidden headline

Gujarat is the only state where Modi is directly in contention. Even if he wins, the team that runs him closest has much to gain.