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Human papillomaviruses (HPVs) are DNA viruses associated with major human cancers. As such there is a strong interest in developing new means, such as vaccines and microbicides, to prevent HPV infections. Developing the latter requires a better understanding of the … Continue reading
There’s a great collection of freely available resources On the Nature website under Nature Collections – Malaria (maybe NPG is finally getting the message about open access – hey Nature, it’s good to share :-) The world is on the … Continue reading
Arsenic is the most common toxic substance in the environment, ranking first on the US Superfund list of hazardous substances. It is introduced to the environment primarily from geologic sources and is acted on biologically, creating an arsenic biogeocycle. Geothermal … Continue reading
One of my sons asked me this question a few days ago. I said no, but I’m happy that others agree with me: Ten reasons to exclude viruses from the tree of life. 2009 Nature Reviews Microbiology 7: 306-311 When … Continue reading
Malaria is one of the most common infectious diseases in the world and one of the greatest global public health problems. The Plasmodium falciparum parasite causes approximately 500 million cases each year and over one million deaths in sub-Saharan Africa. … Continue reading
We all live in an information rich, highly interconnected world, and the success of evolution can be measured in terms of how living organisms make sense of and respond to information. Past posts on quorum sensing are some of the … Continue reading
BBC News Larval therapy for leg ulcers (VenUS II): randomised controlled trial. BMJ 2009;338:b773 Objective: To compare the clinical effectiveness of larval therapy with a standard debridement technique (hydrogel) for sloughy or necrotic leg ulcers. Design: Pragmatic, three armed randomised … Continue reading
Lentiviruses are mammalian retroviruses known to infect cattle, cats, horses, sheep, and primates. They are the focus of intense study due to their causative association with AIDS in human. Although our knowledge on the origin and early evolution of HIV … Continue reading