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Image of the Day: Virus Spacecraft 

By The Scientist Staff | January 5, 2018

Researchers reconstruct images of a virus that infects Escherichia coli bacteria.

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Federal Ban Lifted on Studying Most Dangerous Pathogens

By Kerry Grens | December 20, 2017

Only a few labs will earn funding for such “gain-of-function” research on SARS, MERS, and other deadly diseases.

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Image of the Day: Hunter Platelets 

By The Scientist Staff | December 19, 2017

Researchers explore how blood platelets sweep bacteria into aggregate bundles at sites of infection to help phagocytic cells dispose of them. 

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Flies’ Feet Can Spread Bacteria

By Kerry Grens | November 27, 2017

Lab experiments and metagenomic analyses of flies’ resident bacteria indicate that the insects carry microbes from place to place on their legs.

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Do Pathogens Gain Virulence as Hosts Become More Resistant?

By Andrew F. Read and Peter J. Kerr | October 1, 2017

Emerging infections provide clues about how pathogens might evolve when farm animals are protected from infection.

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Infographic: Evolving Virulence

By Andrew F. Read and Peter J. Kerr | October 1, 2017

Tracking the myxoma virus in the wild rabbit populations of Australia has yielded insight into how pathogens and their hosts evolve.

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Does Farming Drive Fish Disease?

By Claire Asher | April 19, 2017

Intensive aquaculture favors increasingly virulent forms of certain fish-infecting parasites and pathogens, studies show.

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A family’s collection of antique microscope slides became a trove of genetic information about the eradicated European malaria pathogen.

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Vibrio Infections On the Rise

By Alison F. Takemura | August 9, 2016

Increases in oceanic populations of these bacteria—both pathogenic and not—is an effect of climate change, scientists show.

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Bacterial Baddies

By The Scientist Staff | August 1, 2016

Scientist to Watch Cullen Buie, MIT researcher, talks about his quest to devise a method for quickly determining the pathogenicity of microbes.

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