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Human Fleas and Lice Spread Black Death

By | January 16, 2018

A new study suggests that the plague, which killed millions of people, was not transmitted by rats.

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The BMJ inquiry finds that researchers presented only select results from animal experiments when applying for funding and approval for human trials.

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Study: UV Light Destroys Bat-Killing Fungus

By | January 5, 2018

White nose syndrome has killed millions of bats throughout North America since it was discovered on the continent. 

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image: Maternal Response to Zika Damages Mouse Fetuses

Maternal Response to Zika Damages Mouse Fetuses

By | January 5, 2018

Signaling pathways triggered by the mother’s immune system may cause complications during fetal development.

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image: Study: Facial Cues Indicate Sickness

Study: Facial Cues Indicate Sickness

By | January 4, 2018

Pale skin and hanging eyelids are tell-tale signs of apparent illness.

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Alcohol Damages Mouse DNA

By | January 3, 2018

A byproduct of alcohol consumption causes mutations in the DNA of mouse blood stem cells, and some of the breaks are not repaired.

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Federal Ban Lifted on Studying Most Dangerous Pathogens

By | 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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Urine Test for TB Yields Results in 12 Hours

By | December 14, 2017

The new test could improve upon two current methods to diagnose tuberculosis—a skin test or culturing bacteria from saliva, both of which take days.

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Flies’ Feet Can Spread Bacteria

By | 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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Medical organizations endorse the “Undetectable = Untransmissible” campaign, which aims to raise awareness of scientific evidence showing that virally suppressed people living with HIV cannot infect others.

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