Category Archive: zika virus

Oct
20

OpenZika – PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

After several months our article in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases is now out from embargo and published. A big thank you to my co-authors Carolina Horta Andrade and Alexander Perryman who have put a lot of their time into the project. I would also like to thank the reviewers for their constructive comments. We have …

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May
19

Zika Open becomes ‘OpenZika’ on IBM World Community Grid

Amazing to think that in January I was attending the SLAS meeting and over dinner conversations about Zika, I realized that this was one of ‘those defining¬†moments’. I had never worked on the virus, but could I learn anything from the Ebola work that would help? What could we do with the data available at …

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Apr
05

How close were we in our predictions on the Zika structure?

Perhaps you missed it but late last week the 3.8√Ö resolution structure of the mature Zika virus as determined by cryo-electron microscopy was published in Science by groups at Purdue University and NIAID. I knew it was coming since I emailed Dr. Rossman Feb 24 with our ‘homology models’ paper submitted to F1000Research and had …

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Mar
07

Zika – front page news

This morning The Wall Street Journal had the Zika virus vaccine efforts on the front page with comments suggesting a vaccine is 18 months away. In section B the headline was “hunt is on for a Zika Vaccine”. About 90% of the space was dedicated to describing all the companies chasing vaccines. Then almost as …

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Feb
24

Illustrating and Homology Modeling the Proteins of the Zika Virus

After a busy few weeks of using every bit of spare time and engaging some great and very generous collaborators we now have the latest installment in the #ZikaOpen project submitted to F1000Research. The preprint is also posted on Figshare. The project kicked off after the illustrator John Liebler got in touch as he wanted …

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Feb
19

Zika Virus- insights from old papers when you can get them

Hunting for information on the Zika virus has revealed several insights for me, both of them point to areas that are obvious. 1. Researchers may have missed out by not reading anything older than a few years old and 2. for all the pronouncements on data sharing and open access, still publishers have not opened …

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