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Microbe Talk: October 2016

The National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) building in Boston is a high-tech facility for the study of emerging, and re-emerging, microbial diseases of humans and animals. The building, part of Boston University, is equipped up to Biosafety level 4 … Continue reading

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Do hand dryers spread viruses in public bathrooms?

Seeing someone leave a public toilet without washing their hands is enough to make your stomach turn, but how someone actually dries their hands also has important implications for public health, according to recent research from the University of Westminster. … Continue reading

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New to Science: January 2015

Each month, the Society for General Microbiology publishes the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, which details newly discovered species of bacteria, fungi and protists. Here are a few of the new species that have been discovered, and the places they’ve … Continue reading

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New to Science: October Edition

Each month, the Society for General Microbiology publishes the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, which details newly discovered species of bacteria, fungi and protists. Here are a few of the new species that have been discovered, and the places they’ve … Continue reading

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Viruses hijack cellular microRNAs for their own advantage

Post by Andras Donaszi-Ivanov, University of East Anglia Researchers have found that respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) can manipulate levels of regulatory genetic material, called microRNAs, in host cells, helping the virus suppress the immune response to aid its survival. This … Continue reading

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The evolution of a diarrhoeal viral genome

Post by Rebecca Gladstone, University of Southampton Two billion cases of severe diarrhoea occur globally each year, representing the second leading cause of death in children under five years old, according to the World Health Organization. Diarrhoeal disease is both … Continue reading

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Bats and their viral tenants

Post by Sruthi Raghavan, Freelance science writer Bats are an important natural reservoir of gammaretroviruses, a type of retrovirus.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 We all know that bats roost in trees, caves and even houses. But they seem to be oblivious to, and … Continue reading

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