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California’s Whooping Cough Epidemic

By | June 18, 2014

State health department reports pertussis outbreak and recommends that infants and pregnant women be vaccinated.  

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To Finish Off Polio

By | June 17, 2014

Along with vaccination, antiviral drugs could play a key role in the eradication of poliovirus, but it’s unclear whether today’s candidate therapies will withstand the challenges of the clinic.

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Fragmented Landscapes, More Outbreaks?

By | June 13, 2014

Study finds that ribwort plants in well-connected populations fare better when exposed to a fungal pathogen than those in isolated patches.  

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MERS Double Publication?

By | June 11, 2014

Two papers on the same Middle East respiratory syndrome victim hint at uncouth scientific competition and possible laboratory contamination, plus illuminate potential issues within the Saudi Arabian health ministry. 

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Ancient Apoptosis

By | June 9, 2014

Humans and coral share a cell-death pathway that has been conserved between them for more than half a billion years.

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CDC: Meeting Did Not Spread MERS

By | May 28, 2014

After more definitive blood tests, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that an Illinois resident who came into close contact with an Indiana MERS patient did not contract the virus, contrary to a prior announcement.

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Immunology and Neurology Pioneer Dies

By | May 24, 2014

Gerald Edelman, who broke new ground in two distinct fields of life science, has passed away at age 84.

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Border Collies vs. E. coli

By | May 21, 2014

A study shows that the herding dogs can be an effective means of controlling bacterial infections spread by seagulls.

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MERS Crosses State Line

By | May 19, 2014

An Illinois man has contracted the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus from the Indiana patient who was recently hospitalized, marking the first confirmed human-to-human transmission of MERS within the U.S.

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Characterizing the “Healthy” Vagina

By | May 19, 2014

The overly simplistic notion of a Lactobacillus-dominated vaginal microbiome is giving way to an appreciation of diverse and dynamic bacterial communities.

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