Hello, I have been an avid listener of TWiV over the last 9 months or so and have very much enjoyed the podcast. It is always great to hear a broad, informed discussion on virology, and your recent podcast on viral classification was of particular interest to m... Read More
When it comes to washing their hands, Americans say they are getting the message, but their actions speak otherwise. While nine out of ten (92%) Americans, in a recent telephone survey, said they always washed their hands after using a public restroom, an observation... Read More
According to the CDC, the single most important thing we can do to keep from getting sick and spreading illness to others is to clean our hands.
Infectious diseases, many of which are spread by unclean ha... Read More
Israeli researchers looking into the spread of drug-resistant infections in hospital intensive-care units are pointing a finger of blame at portable X-ray equipment that is not properly sanitized.
Officials from Hadassah Hebrew University Hospital in Jerusalem say observation of technicians p... Read More
A promotional video for Loyola University Chicago's Department of Microbiology & Immunology. Read More
When it comes to avoiding the transmission of swine flu — without awkwardness or rudeness — perhaps the Samoans are best prepared.
“In Samoa, people do not touch when they greet each other,” the linguistic anthropologist Alessandro Duranti says.
There is, of course, a catch: “When people w... Read More
The path to poor hand sanitation is paved with good intentions, according to researchers from Kansas State and North Carolina State Universities.
As college campuses prepare for an expected increase in H1N1 flu this fall, the researchers said students' actions will speak louder than words.
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This is a neat article that offers several editorial viewpoints as to what we know so far about the plight of bees and Colony Collapse Disorder. Six experts, ranging from authors to entomologists, weigh in with their thoughts on this unique problem. Read More
Click "source" to view the full "Report to the President on U.S. Preparations for 2009-H1N1 Influenza" from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Here is the Council's "planning scenario":
Indeed, the 2009-H1N1 influenza is already responsible for significant morbi... Read More
Click "Source" to view the video via Scientific American/Reuters. Read More
German researchers suspect that a recent increase in human Cowpox infections in Germany may be spread through the handling of food rats (rodents used for feeding pets or zoo animals) and a decrease in small pox vaccinations among the general public in a PLoS One paper entitled "Cowpox Virus Outb... Read More
When it comes to washing their hands, Americans say they are getting the message, but their actions speak otherwise. While nine out of ten (92%) Americans, in a recent telephone survey, said they always washed their hands after using a public restroom, an observational survey in 5 cities found ... Read More
Major histocompatibility (MHC) molecules enable T lymphocytes to recognize epitopes of antigens and discriminate self from nonself. Unlike B-cell receptors on B lymphocytes that are able to directly bind epitopes on antigens, the T-cell receptors (TCRs) of T lymphocytes can only recognize epitop... Read More