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Zombie survival management game Infection Free Zone enters Early Access in April

Games Operators and Jutsu Games have announced that their zombie apocalypse survival management game, Infection Free Zone, will enter early access on April 11, 2024. I’m still burnt out from the zombie boom of the late aughts and early ‘10s. However, Infection Free Zone still caught my eye despite my exhaustion. Part of this is because it uses real map data to allow you to play on any city. This is similar to Jutsu’s previous games, 911 Operator and 112 Operator. However, while those were just overhead maps, Infection…

Which Virus Will Cause the Next Global Pandemic? Scientists Discover New Disease X Clues

A study has identified 70 virus lineages with the highest potential for causing a global pandemic, emphasizing the importance of monitoring viruses related to known human pathogens. This research supports the preparation for future pandemics by informing vaccine and diagnostic development and refining surveillance efforts to focus on the most threatening RNA viruses.Understanding the ancestry of virus families may assist researchers in pinpointing which variants possess the potential to become Disease X, the elusive…

Embryo Development Linked to a 500-Million-Year-Old Viral Infection : ScienceAlert

A critical early stage of embryonic development has been linked to a virus that mixed with the ancestral DNA of complex organisms like ourselves more than 500 million years ago.Genetic material from endogenous retroviruses – which infected the earliest organisms on Earth, leaving markers in our DNA – is estimated to make up around 8 to 10 percent of the modern human genome.The newly discovered link between these viruses and embryo growth has implications for creating artificial embryos and working on regenerative…

A Rare but Deadly Fungal Infection Is Cropping Up in More States

A dangerous fungal infection has seeded its spores farther across the United States than previously assumed. Research out this week details evidence that cases of blastomycosis are regularly showing up in Vermont, outside of the established areas of the U.S. where it’s thought to be endemic.Alex Winter on the Most Important Modern Horror Movie Blastomycosis is an infection caused by a group of fungi called Blastomyces. These infections usually happen when people breathe in spores that have been kicked up into the air from…

Airborne infection risk plummets in face of metal nanoparticle spray

As recent history proves, airborne respiratory infections are not to be trifled with. Now, a new sprayable coating applied to standard air filters might give us a leg up in the war against the pathogens that cause these diseases.Measles. Influenza. SARS. MERS. Pneumonia. Think of a major infectious disease, and the chances are that it is spread by airborne pathogens. Currently, COVID-19 and TB are the world's deadliest infectious diseases, and both are transmitted through the air. So when it comes to tamping down the risk…

There’s Been a Staggering Increase in People Killed by Fungi Every Year, Study Finds

The global burden and death toll of fungi has substantially climbed over the past decade, new research finds. The study estimates that fungal infections help kill nearly 4 million people annually—almost double the amount estimated by similar research in 2012. Co-infections like HIV and tuberculosis, a lack of speedy and reliable diagnostic testing, and growing antifungal resistance are thought to be major contributors to these deaths.Would Peter Capaldi Return to Doctor Who?The new research is by David Denning, a fungal…

New Findings Challenge the Standard Understanding of COVID-19 Infection

A new study reveals that SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19, enters mink cells differently than human cells, utilizing the endocytosis pathway due to an inactive TMPRSS2 enzyme in minks. This discovery highlights the complexities of zoonosis and the potential public health risks of interspecies virus transmission, underscoring the need for further research on various species.Research conducted at UC Riverside has the potential to assist scientists in devising strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among minks…

Concerning Findings – Many More Infected by TBE Virus Than Previously Thought

The tick Ixodes ricinus can transmit the TBE-virus to humans. Credit: Tove Hoffman, Uppsala UniversityA new study conducted by Uppsala University and the University Hospital in Uppsala reveals that the actual number of infections caused by the tick-borne TBE virus is significantly higher than previously estimated. This study, which examined Swedish blood donors, has been published in the journal Eurosurveillance, associated with the EU’s Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.“We were very surprised that such a high…

We swabbed GoodLife, Planet Fitness and Anytime Fitness locations to find the germiest piece of equipment

Sweat, heavy breathing, warm temperatures and lots of people — the gym is the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive in, which is why wiping equipment down is a normal part of gym etiquette. But does a quick wipe really eliminate all those germs? CBC's Marketplace swabbed equipment at several popular national gym chains to find out which surface harbours the most bacteria. With training and supplies from an accredited laboratory in Mississauga, Ont., Marketplace visited some of the largest for-profit gym chains: three…

Study Finds One Kind of Diet Linked to Reduced COVID-19 Infection Risk : ScienceAlert

With new cases of COVID-19 still in the tens of thousands per day across the globe, scientists are working hard trying to learn more about what factors put each of us at greater risk of infection.It turns out that sticking to a vegan or vegetarian diet is associated with a 39 percent lower reduced chance of catching the virus, according to a new study involving 702 Brazilian adults carried out by researchers from the University of São Paulo in Brazil.The data analysis isn't strong enough to prove direct cause and effect,…