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Oncolytic virotherapy – using viruses to treat cancer – is a hot topic. Continue reading
Got fish? Don’t drink the water and wash your hands after they’ve been in the tank. This paper presents a slightly apocalyptic view of your pet goldfish: “aquarium tank water harboring ornamental fish are an understudied source for novel microbial … Continue reading
Mycobacterium marinum is a slow-growing mycobacterium with an optimal growth temperature of 30°C. It most frequently causes skin and soft tissue infections in the extremities. Patients typically show clusters of nodules, ulcers, or verrucous plaques that may centripetally spread from … Continue reading
Coldwater and tropical fish are the third most popular pet in the UK after cats and dogs. Over 3 million homeowners have a pond in their garden and many of these are stocked with fish, some of which, like koi … Continue reading
Cats are the source of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii which infects many people but only causes disease in an unlucky few. In this article in Microbiology Today (pdf) Fiona Henriquez and Craig Roberts describe the history of research into this … Continue reading
The popularity of functional foods is growing with health-conscious people, with many products available on the supermarket shelves. Prebiotics and probiotics may improve gut function in humans. In this article in Microbiology Today (pdf) Bob Rastall explores the potential benefits … Continue reading
Rabies has been one of the most feared diseases throughout human history and has the highest human case-fatality proportion of any infectious disease. Every year over 7 million people receive post-exposure prophylaxis, and an estimated 55,000 people die from rabies. … Continue reading