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Women are more vulnerable to infections

Public-health officials discount role of sex in people's response to flu and other infections.

Sabra Klein came to the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction this week armed with a message that might seem obvious to scientists who obsess over sex: men and women are differ... Read More

Molluscs vs. bacteria: a new finding on marine natural products biosynthesis

The gastropod mollusc Scaphander lignarius —a marine invertebrate found in North Atlantic and Mediterranean water— is the first organism, besides bacteria, in which the biosynthesis of lignarenones, organic molecules involved in organism’s chemical defence, has been identified. This is one of th... Read More

Where ‘Nightmare Bacteria’ Came From, And How Our Inattention Helped Them Emerge

Cast your minds back a few months ago, to when the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced, “We have a very serious problem” with “nightmare bacteria,” and the chief medical officer of the United Kingdom backed him up a few days later, describing a “ticking time b... Read More

Are pathogens conspiring against you? Bi-directional signaling between different streptococcal species

Are pathogens conspiring against you? Pathogenesis just got a little more complicated. In their study in mBio this week, Cook et al. show that different pathogenic species of streptococci can respond to one another's quorum sensing signals, an indication that they may well coordinate their actio... Read More

USF-led study suggests some chronic fatigue syndrome patients may benefit from anti-herpesvirus drug treatment

Many experts believe that chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) has several root causes including some viruses. Now, lead scientists Shara Pantry, Maria Medveczky and Peter Medveczky of the University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine, along with the help of several collaborating scientist... Read More

High pressure lets herpes virus ‘shoot’ DNA

Researchers have discovered that herpes viruses are like tiny powder kegs waiting to explode—findings that may lead to new therapies and prevention drugs.

For more than 20 years scientists suspected that herpes viruses were packaged so full of genetic material that they built up an internal p... Read More
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