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Evidence for influenza H5N1 infections in humans

The fatality rate for human infections with avian influenza H5N1 is widely quoted at >50%, based on the number of deaths among the fewer than 600 cases confirmed by the World Health Organization. Wang, Parides, and Palese suggest that this number is an overestimate. Read More

Paleovirology

Welkin Johnson, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Blogger for Small Things Considered, ponders the "fossil record" of viruses:

"As a scientist fascinated with the evolutionary interplay between viruses and their hosts, I admi... Read More

MTS14 - Moselio Schaechter - Successful Science Blogging and Hunting Mushrooms



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TWiV 150 Letters

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Listening to the most recent Republican, I mean Tea Party, presidential debate, I was quite upset (for many reasons), but one of which was to listen to how Michelle Bachmann characterized the HPV vaccine as a "dangerous government injecti... Read More

Let's Get Small - Experiment

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TWiV 86: Dark matter with Dr. Eric Delwart



On episode #86 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent and Rich travel to the Blood Systems Research Institute in San Francisco to speak with Eric De... Read More

TWiV 168 Letters

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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

MTS29 - Christine Biron - The Innate Immune System

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Microbial Mergers

Collaborations on a Minute Scale



Over millions of years of evolution, we humans have worked out a mutually beneficial partnership with the microbes that came to inhabit our guts. In ... Read More

Reovirus infection of farmed salmon

Global fish farming may be the solution to the impending collapse of the commercial fishing industry, but penned fish are susceptible to infectious diseases. Infection with salmon infectious anemia virus, an orthomyxovirus, lead Wal-Mart to stop buying farmed salmon from Chile, the world’s secon... Read More

2003 Clean Hands Campaign

Don’t Get Caught Dirty Handed (2003)


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MTS40 - John Wooley - Exploring the Protein Universe



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Don't Get Caught Dirty Handed

Mom's advice about cleaning your hands may finally be starting to get through. In the August 2010 observational study sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology and the Read More

Pandemic influenza vaccine was too late in 2009

Influenza researcher Peter Palese visited yesterday and spoke about “Pandemic influenza: Past and Future”. A key part of his talk was a review of his efforts to produce a universal influenza vaccine which protects against all strains. He used the following graph to make the point that when influ... Read More

MTS28 - Joseph DeRisi - New Tech Approaches to Infectious Disease

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Types of Microbes

Microbes can be divided into six main types: Archaea, Read More

Painting With Penicillin: Alexander Fleming's Germ Art

In addition to working as a scientist, and well before his discovery of antibiotics, Alexander Fleming painted. He was a member of the Chelsea Arts Club, where he created amateurish watercolors. Less well known is that he also painted in another medium, living organisms. Fleming painted ballerin... Read More

TWiV 69: They're all safecrackers



On episode #69 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich review recent outbreaks of mumps in the UK, US, and Israel, protection of mice against 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus by 1918-like and... Read More

Francis H. Arnold: Laboratory Evolution (MWV55)

In episode 55 of MicrobeWorld Video, filmed at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Meeting in Washington, D.C., on February 18, 2011, Dr. Stan Maloy talks with Read More

Are microbiologists with beards a threat to public health?

A paper published in PubMed that appeared in the July 1967 edition of Applied Microbiology reports that men with beards who work in microbiology labs may be a public health hazard. The authors conclude that although lab personnel who wash their beards reduced the amount of virus or toxin, a suff... Read More

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