Tag Archives: History

Killing a Killer: What Next for Smallpox?

Should we destroy the remaining laboratory stocks of smallpox virus? Now that the 20th century has passed into the domain of history books, we can retrospectively begin to assess the relative contributions that the many advances in the realm of … Continue reading

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Dance till you can't dance no more

In 1518, one of the strangest epidemics in recorded history struck the city of Strasbourg. Hundreds of people were seized by an irresistible urge to dance, hop and leap into the air. In houses, halls and public spaces, as fear … Continue reading

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The Tomb of the Shroud

A new article in the open-access journal PLoS ONE presents scientific research conducted on “The Tomb of the Shroud” – a tomb found in Jerusalem dating back to the time of Jesus. This rock-hewn burial cave belongs to a cemetery … Continue reading

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Diseases of dinosaurs

Paleontologists have found that Tyrannosaurus rex and its close relatives suffered from a potentially life-threatening infectious disease similar to one that occurs in living birds known as trichomonosis. Trichomonas gallinae infections are most prevalent in pigeons which are generally immune. … Continue reading

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Leptospira – dawn of the molecular genetics era

The first modern clinical description of leptospirosis was published by Weil in 1886, hence leptospirosis is frequently known as Weil’s disease. Over the past decade, outbreaks during sporting events, adventure tourism and disasters have underscored its ability to become a … Continue reading

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Vaccine to prevent urinary tract infections shows promise

The urinary tract is among the most common sites of bacterial infection. Over half (53%) of all women and 14% of men experience at least one urinary tract infection (UTI) in their lifetime, leading to an average of 6.8 million … Continue reading

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Paul Ehrlich's Magic Bullets

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The Great Flu – a free online game

The Great Flu is a free online game designed to introduce players to the nature of virus epidemics and means of controlling them. The game offers players the choice of five levels of flu severity (game difficulty), a €2 billion … Continue reading

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Oldest Evidence of Leprosy Found in India

Leprosy is a debilitating but treatable disease caused by infection with Mycobacterium leprae. Although popular conceptions of leprosy are focused primarily on images from Biblical or Medieval times, one quarter of a million people worldwide were still suffering from the … Continue reading

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