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September 11, 2006
I woke up this morning to the horrific report about viruses being sprayed on my food ["Latest Food Additive: Viruses," Aug. 28]. I lost my appetite. Sure, food industry scientists are thrilled with the prospect of their foul foods lasting longer on the shelf. But I don't want weird organisms deliberately introduced into my food. Today they say it's safe; tomorrow they'll discover side effects, allergic reactions or worse -- and who knows what long-term effects may be. STEPHANY YABLOWNorth Hollywood The addition of bacteria-killing viruses to meat is a stopgap measure typical of the meat industry.
September 2, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Japanese researchers have demonstrated that a human virus called HTLV-1 can cause rheumatoid arthritis in mice. Experts said the discovery provides strong proof that viruses can cause arthritis. HTLV-1 is a so-called retrovirus, closely related to the AIDS virus, that is capable of inserting its own genetic information into the genes of its host during an infection. It causes leukemia and at least two rare degenerative nerve disorders.
May 23, 1988 | from Times staff and wire reports
People infected by the AIDS virus may be more likely to go on to develop the deadly disease if they are also infected by a related virus that can cause a particularly fatal form of leukemia, according to a study released last week. "These laboratory results suggest that doubly infected individuals have a worse prognosis for developing AIDS" than those who are infected only by the AIDS virus, said molecular virologist Irvin S. Y. Chen, who published his study in the journal Science.
September 7, 1993 | James M. Gomez / Times staff writer
Costa Mesa-based ICN Pharmaceuticals Inc. is hosting a black-tie affair next month to hand out $50,000 to a British doctor. But it is not something one can drive to--that is, unless you live in London. On Sept. 28, the company, maker of the anti-viral drug, Virazole, is honoring a British physician John James Skehel for his work in the field of virology. Dr.
November 10, 1999 | Ashley Dunn
Anti-virus researchers say that a new type of e-mail-borne computer virus has appeared that for the first time can automatically launch itself even if the messages are never opened by the recipient. The virus, dubbed "bubbleboy" after a popular "Seinfeld" TV show episode, was anonymously mailed to several anti-virus companies Monday.
April 7, 1999
International Business Machines Corp. said several thousand of its Aptiva PCs may be infected with a virus that can shut down the computer. Susceptible machines include models 240, 301, 520 and 580 built between March 5 and March 17. The virus, called CIH, is spread when some files are transferred from one PC to another. IBM said it has contacted most of the affected customers and is providing a program to help eradicate the virus.
April 8, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A virus may increase chances of obesity, say University of Wisconsin scientists who also discovered an intriguing paradox: The virus appears to make people fatter without raising cholesterol levels. Only circumstantial evidence links the virus with human obesity, researcher Nikhil Dhurandhar said, although he did prove it fattens animals. Specialists said the findings are preliminary but strong enough to justify more research. Dr.
March 20, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
Researchers report new evidence linking a common virus to Hodgkin's disease. Nancy Mueller and her colleagues at the Harvard University School of Public Health found people whose blood contained active Epstein-Barr virus or EBV appeared much more likely to go on to develop Hodgkin's disease. Previous studies had found people who had had mononucleosis, which is caused by EBV, were at increased risk for Hodgkin's disease, a relatively unusual cancer of the lymph nodes.
March 2, 2001 | From Associated Press
Britain and Ireland struggled Thursday to contain an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, and the first cases in Scotland were confirmed at farms near Lockerbie. With the spread of the livestock virus to Northern Ireland confirmed, fears mounted in the neighboring Irish Republic. Irish trainers were set to pull their horses out of a prestigious race, the Cheltenham Festival in England. The meet, set for March 13-15, could be called off.
August 3, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
For the first time, a viral infection has been found in manatees, causing some researchers to fear that the endangered sea mammal now has a new threat. The virus, diagnosed as a type of papillomavirus, has caused skin lesions on two manatees living in captivity in Florida. Other researchers say the virus may not be a new threat to manatees but rather a newly discovered one. Papillomavirus is found in other mammals, causing lesions that can interfere with the eyes, nose and genitals.
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