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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
In the last week there has been some fairly wild speculation in the media about viruses which “cause” diabetes. The fuss came from the publication of a paper which claimed to have detected virus proteins in the pancreases of diabetes … Continue reading
Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS) is a multifocal tumour only found in a few groups of people, including elderly Mediterranean men, individuals in Africa and patients with immune disorders. The tumours arise from the formation of new blood or lymphatic vessels (angiogenesis … Continue reading
A recent paper in Trends in Microbiology examined the possibilities for using bacteriophages in controlling biofilms which might result in healthcare-associated infections (Preventing biofilms of clinically relevant organisms using bacteriophage. 2009 Trends in Microbiology 17: 66-72). Biofilms are firmly attached … Continue reading
Measles virus (MV) is one of the most contagious human pathogens. It is transmitted by aerosols, infecting a new host via the upper respiratory tract. Eventually, infection can spread to many organs of the body. The host cell receptors for … Continue reading
It has been estimated that around 2% of the world’s population, approximately 170 million people, are infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). Over 4 million people in the USA are infected with HCV, a prevalence rate of 1.6%. The peak … Continue reading
Retroviruses Retroviruses have been studied for over 100 years since the discovery by Ellerman and Bang in 1908 that cell-free tissue filtrates could transmit leukaemia in chickens. The first pathogenic human retrovirus (HTLV) was discovered in 1981 and HIV, the … Continue reading
When fish school, birds flock, insects and bacteria swarm, a population of similar individuals cruises along similar, sometimes cyclic, paths. How do the members of a swarm anticipate the movement of others to coordinate movement with them? And how do … Continue reading
Subscribe to podcasts (free): [iTunes] Enhanced podcasts & videos [RSS] mp3 podcasts (audio only) Play this episode: Enhanced version Audio only Adenoviruses are a frequent cause of acute upper respiratory tract infections, i.e. “colds”. In addition, they also cause a … Continue reading