NIH Establishes Monkey Model for MERS-CoV

An NIH study suggests that marmoset models are the optimum option for testing new drugs for MERS Scientists from the National Institutes of Health have found that the Middle East Respiratory (MERS) virus in marmosets provokes a very similar response to humans afflicted with MERS caused pneumonia. The doctors began testing MERS treatments on marmosets after using computer models to …

Researchers Disable SARS Cloaking System

Researchers have discovered a way to disable a key part of the SARS coronavirus that allows it to hide from the body’s immune system. Led by Professor Andrew Mesecar, a team of researchers at Purdue University have identified a key SARS enzyme that allows host cells to go un-noticed. The enzyme, papain-like protease,┬ástrips a host cell of two proteins, ibiquitin …

MERS Transmission Path Between Camels and Humans Found

Whilst we’ve know that camels are playing host to the MERS Coronavirus for some time now, a study published recently has shown a probable link between MERS in humans and camels. The research, carried out by┬áNorbert Nowotny and Jolanta Kolodziejek from the Institute of Virology, Vienna, found that infected humans and camels from the same geographical locations play host to …

Dispute erupts over novel coronavirus patent claims

A dispute has erupted between leading research scientists and international health officials, following a declaration by Saudi Arabia's deputy health minister that the country had struggled to develop diagnostic tests for the novel coronavirus because the Dutch scientists who identified it had patented the virus outside of the country. According to Reuters, deputy health minister Ziad Memish told the World …