Microbiology

As HIV Has Evolved, Dolutegravin Has Become Less Effective In Sub-Saharan Africa

Dolutegravir, the HIV wonder drug and current first-line treatment, is less effective in sub-Saharan Africa, and the reason is as old as evolution itself- mutation.  As HIV copies itself and replicates, its genetic code (RNA) can change. While a drug may i ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 1 2020 - 7:30pm

Gain Of Function Research And Why It Matters

Due to unanswered questions into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, both the U.S. government and scientists have called for a deeper examination into the validity of claims that a virus could have escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China. ...

Article - The Conversation - Jun 21 2021 - 11:01am

Raw European Dog Food Contains Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria- 'Superbugs'

Raw food, from milk to meat, can obviously bring higher risk of bacteria. The raw milk fad in the US creates risk of illness orders of magnitude higher than milk that has been pasteurized to remove harmful bacteria. In Europe, the 'raw' dog food ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 12 2021 - 7:38am

Coronavirus, Now In Its 21,000th Year Of Causing Pandemics

Coronavirus may only have been identified as distinct from the common cold in the 1960s, and it may have only had two pandemics (SARS and MERS) in this century prior to COVID-19, but there is a reason it is called COVID-19 and not just COVID. There have be ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 2 2021 - 1:21pm

Anthrax Just Killed 3 Cheetahs And A Zebra In The Namib Desert

In 2019, three free-ranging cheetahs in the Namib Desert died within 24 hours of each other. Scholars set out to determine why. On October 5th 2019, the carcass of a GPS-collared cheetah in the Namib desert was found dead from the air. After they went in o ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 27 2021 - 4:05pm

Do Mennonite Kids Have Fewer Allergies? If So, Pathogens In Breast Milk May Be Why

It used to be that allergies were somewhat rare but if you go to an allergist today, you are almost certain to be declared allergic, or at least sensitive, to something. How much of that is actual biological change versus how much is that the country that ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 11 2021 - 6:40am

Your Pet Cat Is Spreading The Toxoplasma Parasite To Wildlife

A recent paper examined 45,079 cases of toxoplasmosis in wild mammals—a disease that has been linked to nervous system disorders, cancers and other debilitating chronic conditions—using data from 202 global studies and found wildlife living near dense urb ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 11 2021 - 4:20pm

How Antibodies Navigate Pathogen Surfaces

A new mode of how antibodies navigate the surface of pathogens like coronaviruses compares the migration of these pathogen hunters to the random movements of a child on stepping stones. Antibodies are often thought of as Y-shaped proteins but perhaps a mor ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 24 2022 - 7:54pm

Would More Vegetarian Food Have Prevented COVID-19? Philosophers Do Science, Hilarity Ensues

Animals can cause diseases in humans. That won't surprise you. What may surprise you is to read that these diseases can be prevented by eating less meat.  ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Mar 27 2022 - 12:44am