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Study provides insights into how Zika virus suppresses the host immune system
A research team led by scientists at the University of California, Riverside, has outlined how the Zika virus, which constituted an epidemic threat in 2016, suppresses the immune system of its host. The Zika virus, or ZIKV, spreads through mosquito bites and sexual intercourse. Currently, no approved vaccine or antivirals against ZIKV exist. 
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Scientists identify hundreds of drug candidates to treat COVID-19
UC Riverside researchers used a powerful machine-learning approach to screen millions of chemicals to find suitable candidates
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New tools in the fight against lethal citrus disease
Scientists are closer to gaining the upper hand on Huanglongbing, a disease that has wiped out citrus orchards across the globe. New models of the bacterium linked to the disease reveal control methods that were previously unavailable.
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NIH grant to physicist focuses on how pathogens evolve
Research could lead to the design of new and better treatments to fight disease
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UC Riverside joins new NSF center for the preservation of biological systems
The grant is the campus’ first successful bid for an NSF Engineering Research Center
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Surprising number of exoplanets could host life
A new UC Riverside study shows other stars could have as many as seven Earth-like planets in the absence of a gas giant like Jupiter. 
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Scientists unlock genetic secrets of wine growers’ worst enemy
Following a decade-long effort, scientists have mapped out the genome of an aphid-like pest capable of decimating vineyards. In so doing, they have discovered how it spreads — and potentially how to stop it. 
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Using artificial intelligence to smell the roses
UC Riverside study applies machine learning to olfaction with possible vast applications in flavors and fragrances
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Hot or cold, venomous vipers still quick to strike
Most reptiles move slower when temperatures drop, but venomous rattlesnakes appear to be an exception. The cold affects them, but not as much as scientists expected. 
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Parasitic worm venom evades human immune system
It’s likely that billions of people are unaware they have been infected with parasitic worms. A UC Riverside scientist has won $1.8 million to try and understand why.  The National Institutes of Health granted an Outstanding Investigator Award to Adler Dillman, an assistant professor of parasitology, so he can shed light on the mystery of worm infections that escape detection by human immune systems. 
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Parasite infestations revealed by tiny chicken backpacks
Blood-feeding livestock mites can be detected with wearable sensor technology nicknamed “Fitbits for chickens.”
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UC Riverside discovers first effective treatment for citrus-destroying disease
UC Riverside scientists have found the first substance capable of controlling Citrus Greening Disease, which has devastated citrus farms in Florida and also threatens California. 
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$20M sustainable nanotechnology partnership renewed
The National Science Foundation, or NSF, has renewed funding for a UC Riverside laboratory solving big environmental and agricultural challenges with very small chemical particles called nanomaterials.
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Microbiome confers resistance to cholera
Many parts of the world are in the midst of a deadly pandemic of cholera, an extreme form of watery diarrhea. UC Riverside scientists have discovered specific gut bacteria make some people resistant to it — a finding that could save lives.
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Why are plants green?
UC Riverside-led research team’s model to explain photosynthesis lays out the next challenging phase of research on how green plants transform light energy into chemical energy
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Newly discovered planet zips around baby star in a week
The discovery gives scientists a front seat to the earliest stages of planet formation
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