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Cryptococcus spores race the host for survival

Sporulation is a strategy used by many organisms, including bacteria, fungi, protozoa, algae, and ferns to survive conditions that are too harsh to sustain vegetative growth. Survival is generally facilitated by developing specialized cells (spores) with physical properties that confer … Continue reading

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Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases

Infectious diseases have for centuries ranked with wars and famine as major challenges to human progress and survival. They remain among the leading causes of death and disability worldwide. Against a constant background of established infections, epidemics of new and … Continue reading

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Bacterial immune evasion

In mammals, adenosine assumes an essential role in regulating innate and acquired immune responses. Strong or excessive host inflammatory responses, e.g. in response to bacterial infection, exacerbate the tissue damage inflicted by invading pathogens. Successful immune clearance of microbes therefore … Continue reading

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Anthrax and other spore-forming bacteria

Nice introduction on YouTube: Related: Novel method predicts impact of anthrax release

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Anthrax bacteria conspire with viruses

The force of Bacillus anthracis, the ancient scourge that causes anthrax, can sweep through and overpower a two-ton animal in under 72 hours. But when it isn’t busy claiming livestock and humans throughout the world – up to 100,000 annually … Continue reading

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Novel method predicts impact of anthrax release

Releasing highly pathogenic organisms into an urban population is a act of bioterrorism that could result in a large number of casualties. The first indication that a covert open-air release has occurred is quite likely to be individuals reporting for … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday PLoS Pathogens

PLoS Pathogens is two years old, and to celebrate, they’ve just published a list of the top ten papers downloaded from September 2005 to July 2007, so if you need to catch up on your reading: Carrageenan Is a Potent … Continue reading

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