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Origins of Dysentery

By | March 22, 2016

A new genomic analysis reveals that the pathogen responsible for the gastrointestinal disease likely originated in Europe and hitched a ride to new lands with settlers.

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Predicting Zika’s Potential Path

By | March 17, 2016

The mosquitoes that carry the virus could spread to US cities this summer, with travelers returning from Zika-infected regions contributing to the disease’s spread.

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TS Picks: March 16, 2016

By | March 16, 2016

Corrections give belated credit for immunotherapy; mosquitoes have been bugging us long before Zika; the bright side of irreproducibility 

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Zika Update

By | March 14, 2016

Virus found in breastmilk; another disease linked to Zika infection; some mosquitoes resistant to pesticide; genetically engineered–mosquito field trials could proceed

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A study suggests bats in Asia could have genes that protect them from the fungal infection that is decimating bat populations in North America.

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Speaking of Science

By | March 1, 2016

March 2016's selection of notable quotes

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Week in Review: February 22–26

By | February 26, 2016

Questions about how E. coli evolves; spermatids in a dish; fighting bacteria with virus-like molecule; what drives metastasis; antibodies fight Ebola in monkeys

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Cautious Optimism About ZMapp Trial

By | February 25, 2016

The Ebola drug increased survival in a small study, but the effect was not statistically significant.

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Single Antibody Protects Macaques from Ebola

By | February 25, 2016

The “just right” binding properties of a monoclonal antibody from an Ebolavirus survivor help it neutralize the virus.

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No Strong Zika-GBS Link in Pacific Islands

By | February 24, 2016

Past outbreaks of the viral infection did not result in an increase in Guillain-Barré syndrome among children in the Pacific, according to a study; plus, more sexually transmitted Zika cases reported

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