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Smallpox in New York City, 1947

Millions of New Yorkers were immunized against smallpox within a few weeks in April 1947. The stimulus for this mass immunization was the importation of smallpox by a businessman who had acquired the disease during his travels. While we are in the middle of a massive influenza immunization campa... Read More

TWiV 63: Melting pot virus

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On episode #63 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich talk about US government contract for freeze-dried smallpox vaccine, red squirrels in the UK threatened by poxvirus, and ... Read More

Happy Nerdy Holidays

I recently have come across a blog written by a biological anthropologist who is currently a stay at home mother to her little girl. A favorite hobby of hers is baking and her blog chronicles her culinary adventures, which much to my delight includes science themed baked goods like cookies and ... Read More

Small Things Considered - 2009 in Review

Elio Schaechter of Small Things Considered has pulled together a year-end summary that highlights many of the blog's most popular and well received posts for 2009. If you are not familiar with the site or haven't been following along closely, this is great way to catch up on some of the best con... Read More

Prof. Racaniello's Viral Vaccines and the Principles of Immunization (Lecture)

Below is a lecture by Vincent Racaniello, Professor of Microbiology at Columbia University Medical Center and host of the popular This Week in Virology podcast, he presented on viral vaccines for the Immunology course at the Morningside Heights campus of Columbia University. Racaniello uses poli... Read More

Are the bees vanishing?

There is some evidence that viruses are involved in colony collapse disorder, a phenomenon in which worker bees disappear. This condition is receiving a great deal of attention ranging from basic scientific research (summarized on TWiV 46) to a PBS episode to a documentary entitled 'Colony' whic... Read More

"Clean Your Paws for Santa Claus"

Reinforce good hand hygiene this holiday season with downloadable posters, cold and flu toolkit, and other educational resources. Read More

TWiV 62: Persistence of West Nile virus

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On episode #62 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Dickson, and Alan discuss STEP HIV-1 vaccine failure caused by the adenovirus vector, presence of West Nile virus in kidneys for years a... Read More

Microscopecam

Every day from 10 AM - 4 PM Eastern Standard Time, the Smithsonian Institution hosts Microtheater: A tremendous array of organisms is too small to be seen with the naked eye. This microscope cam offers an up-close glimpse of such little-known life forms as paramecia, rotifers, amoebas, and volvo... Read More

Virtual Microbiology - Through the microscope, A look at all things small

Timothy Paustian, Faculty Associate in the Dept. of Bacteriology at University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been working on an online microbiology textbook entitled "Through the Microscope, A Look at all Things Small." According to Paustian's "textbook publishing manifesto," Through the Microscop... Read More

Dr. Jesse Lazear, Yellow Fever and the Mosquito Hypothesis

In recognition of a new campaign aimed at vaccinating 12 million persons in Benin, Liberia and Sierra Leone by WHO’s Yellow Fever Initiative, Welkin Johnson, Associate Blogger for Small Things Considered and Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School, ha... Read More

MTS39 - Paul Turner- Pandemic in a Petri Dish

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CDC's FluSurge 2.0 update available for download

The CDC has announced FluSurge 2.0 a spreadsheet-based software modeling oprogram which provides hospital administrators and public health officials estimates of the surge in demand for hospital-based services during the next influenza pandemic. FluSurge can estimate the number of hospitalizatio... Read More

The Attendee's Guide to Scientific Meetings

Julian Davies, Professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia and a Fellow of the Royal Society, has authored a humorous post on the Small Things Considered blog on the various methods an attendee of a scientific meeting can employ to enhance "maximum satisfaction and poise" one gets o... Read More

TWiV 60

Eric asked for “advice on how to bridge the gap between clinical medicine, public health, and virology research.” I asked Scott Hammer MD for his thoughts on this question. Here is Dr. Hammer’s response:


Hi Vincent:


Thanks for forwarding this comment. In response, I’d inform y... Read More

In 2008, HIV cases in the EU increased, while AIDS cases continued to decline (except in the Baltics)

HIV infections remain to be of major public health importance in Europe, with evidence of increasing transmission in several European countries. A total of 25,656 diagnosed cases of HIV infection were reported for 2008 by the countries of the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA) (d... Read More

Public Domain Images of the H1N1 Influenza Virus

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has just published a page that offers several public domain images of the H1N1 virus and several 3D graphical representations of seasonal influenza virus. There is also an image of the CDC developed PCR diagnostic test to detect novel H1N1 virus. The images a... Read More

School closures can have a substantial impact on the spread of newly emerging infectious diseases

A survey carried out in eight European countries has shown that closing schools in the event of an infectious disease pandemic could have a significant role in reducing illness transmission.

Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Infectious Diseases compared opportunities for infe... Read More

The Leopard and the Mouse: A Microbiologist's Take

The Small Things Considered blog has a post by Fred Neidhardt, F.G. Novy Distinguished University Professor, Emeritus, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Michigan Medical School at Ann Arbor, that looks at two photos snapped by 19-year-old Casey Gutteridge at the Santago Ra... Read More

How to Catch a Cold - A 1951 Walt Disney/Kleenex Production

A rare educational Disney animated short film from 1951 with a character called Common Sense who warns about the dangers of the common cold. Read More

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