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The Infection Connection in Schizophrenia

By | November 3, 2003

Adapted from image by I.I. Gottesman ©2001  GENES AND MORE: The risks of developing schizophrenia over a lifetime to the relatives of schizophrenia sufferers accord with a largely genetic explanation. Yet with 48% concordance for identical twins, environmental factors may play a role. It's a scary thought that one could develop a debilitating mental illness such as schizophrenia as easily as catching a cold. Well, it's more complicated than that, say advocates of the so-called infec

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Toxoplasma expansion

By | January 17, 2003

flourished after a sudden acquisition of direct oral infectivity.

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Photo: Courtesy of the World Health Organization, P. Virot THE REALITY OF ETHIOPIA: Trying to survive malaria in Ethiopia, on Africa's east coast. In 1998, Ethiopia's infant mortality rate was 116 per 1,000 live births (WHO) compared to 7.2 per 1000 in the US (CDC). Sequencing a 23-megabase genome hardly sounds like a triumph--that's just twice the size of an average yeast genome and one-hundredth of the human genome. Yet, there was cause for celebration after a high-profile team of coll

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How Golgi grows

By | August 1, 2002

New Golgi is derived from autonomous replication from an existing Golgi structure.

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Taming Toxoplasma

By | February 22, 2002

pyrimidine biosynthesis pathway.

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Infection suppresses tumour neovascularization

By | May 10, 2001

blocked neoplastic growth in immunocompromised mice by strong suppression of tumour angiogenesis.

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Researchers Focus on Sea Otter Deaths

By | February 19, 2001

Photos courtesy of Jeff Foott In trouble? The sea otter is dying, from parasitic diseases for which the only known hosts are terrestrial mammals. Something is killing sea otters that live along the northern California shoreline of the Pacific Ocean. Nearly 1,000 have been found dead along the coastline over the past five years. Given that the total otter population at any one time is probably well below 3,000 animals, this appears to be a high rate of mortality, especially considering that as m

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Notebook

August 17, 1998

Rita Colwell GOOD-BYE ... ALMOST On July 10, University of Maryland bid a bittersweet "almost farewell" to Rita Colwell, who left the position of president of the university's Biotechnology Institute (UMBI) to become director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Colwell's farewell to UMBI is only partial--she has committed herself to one day of research per week in her laboratory, where she studies, particularly, the bacteria that cause cholera. On hand July 10 to congratulate her and wi

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