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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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Driven to Extinction

By Jef Akst | July 1, 2015

The eradication of smallpox set the standard for the global elimination of a devastating infectious disease. Will the ongoing polio and guinea worm campaigns be as successful?


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Outbreak Observatory

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | July 1, 2015

Increasingly precise remote-sensing data are helping researchers monitor and predict cases of infectious disease.

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Hidden Menace

By Genevieve Martin, Matthew Pace, and John Frater | May 1, 2015

Curing HIV means finding and eradicating viruses still lurking in the shadows.


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Defeating the Virus

By Wayne C. Koff | May 1, 2015

Recent discoveries are spurring a renaissance in HIV vaccine research and development.


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Viral Virtuosos

By Christopher S. Sullivan | February 1, 2015

New understanding of noncoding RNAs may solve a long-standing puzzle about how viruses orchestrate lifelong infections.  


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Overcoming Resistance

By The Scientist Staff | April 1, 2014

In the face of bacterial threats that can evade modern medicines, researchers are trying every trick in the book to develop new, effective antibiotics.


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The Bright Side of Prions

By Randal Halfmann | January 1, 2014

Associated with numerous neurological diseases, misfolded proteins may also play decisive roles in normal cellular functioning.  


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Factoring in Face Time

By Adam Kucharski | June 1, 2013

How the study of human social interactions is helping researchers understand the spread of diseases like influenza and HIV


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It Takes a Village

By Beth Marie Mole | June 1, 2013

Scientists working in developing countries find that giving back to local communities enriches their own research.


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