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Scientists Reveal How Cholera Bacterium Gains a Foothold in the Gut

A team of biologists at the University of York has made an important advance in our understanding of the way cholera attacks the body. The discovery could help scientists target treatments for the globally significant intestinal disease which kills more than 100,000 people every year.

The dis... Read More

NDM-1: The Bacterial Gene That’s Resistant to 15 Different Antibiotics

Standing as the most densely populated city in the world, New Delhi has plenty of public health issues to deal with on a constant basis. But now health officials have some very urgent matters to deal with: new strains of super-bacteria, the most destructive of which contain the gene dubbed NDM-1... Read More

Bacterial disguise evades vaccine

Some bacteria can evade efforts to vaccinate against them by wearing a new disguise, researchers say.

A study, published in Nature Genetics, tracked how pneumococcus bacteria responded to the introduction of a vaccine in the US in 2000.

Doctors said the evasion would make some vaccines les... Read More

TWiV 168: Super CalTech prophylaxis and ferret runny noses

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TWiV 168 Letters

Mike writes:


Hello Men (and sometimes women) of TWiV!


I have read before that the human genome contains the genetic code of several thousand retroviruses. These retroviruses are in an inactive state, and are believed to be the product of infec... Read More

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