Latest Pathogen Stories
New experiments at the University of California, Berkeley, may one day lead to anti-viral treatments that involve swallowing Salmonella bacteria, effectively using one bug to stop another.
The potentially deadly bacterium Salmonella possesses a molecular machine that marshals the proteins it needs to hijack cellular mechanisms and infect millions worldwide.
Airborne prions are also infectious and can induce mad cow disease or Creutzfeldt-Jakob disorder.
Scientists at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) and the Federal Research Institute for Animal Health (FLI; Tuebingen) have challenged the notion that airborne prions are innocuous.
Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have shown that prions, bits of infectious protein that can cause fatal neurodegenerative disease such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or "mad cow disease," have the ability to adapt to survive in a new host environment.
About one in six Americans, or roughly 48 million people, are sickened from with foodborne illnesses each year.
Habitat destruction and species extinction may lead to an increase in diseases that infect humans and other species.
A new study tracking the DNA signature of the plague has found that the deadly disease first broke out in China more than 2,600 years ago before making its way to Europe via Central Asiaâ€™s â€œSilk Roadâ€ trade route.
Scientists at Weill Cornell Medical College have identified a potential new treatment for the Nipah and Hendra viruses, two lethal and emerging viruses for which there is currently no treatment or vaccine available.
Scientists to research connections between infectious diseases and land use, global warming and other environmental changes.
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