Tag Archives: disease

As I look back

Having been involved in microbiology for so long it’s sometimes difficult to see the progress we are making. When I started out as a microbiologist in the 1970s the impact of molecular biology on microbiology was overwhelming, even if it took … Continue reading

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Human Hookworm Infection

Hookworm affects approximately 500 million people worldwide, yet its global economic and health impact is not well understood. A new study suggests that the health and economic burden of hookworm infection is estimated to exceed those of a number of … Continue reading

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A host protein restricts bird flu in mammals

Influenza A viruses circulate in various natural hosts, including mammals and birds. Transmission of influenza virus between mammals and birds occurs only rarely, owing to host restriction: an influenza A virus that is adapted to an avian host typically does not grow … Continue reading

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New Polio Vaccine Strains for the Post-Eradication Era

When I started my scientific career by working on polio vaccines over 30 years ago, we were already thinking about newer, safer vaccines. Although polio eradication remains tantalizingly out of reach, we are close enough now to think in detail … Continue reading

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How to do more clinical trials on Ebola virus

The levels of virus in the blood for patients with Ebola virus disease is a strong predictor of fatality, according to a new study. Continue reading

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Molecular biology of hepatitis B virus infection

Molecular biology of hepatitis B virus infection Continue reading

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Enteroviruses as causative agents in type 1 diabetes: loose ends or lost cause?

A recent paper proposes a model which could explain the involvement of CVB as a contributory factor in diabetes. Continue reading

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Oncolytic viruses as anticancer vaccines

Oncolytic viruses are natural or genetically modified viral species that selectively infect and kill cancer cells. Continue reading

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Mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia more likely to transmit West Nile virus

Mosquitoes infected with the bacteria Wolbachia are more likely to become infected with West Nile virus and to transmit the virus to humans. Continue reading

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