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By Aggie Mika | October 1, 2017

Meet some of the people featured in the October 2017 issue of The Scientist.


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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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Dengue’s Downfall?

By Jef Akst | September 15, 2015

Researchers characterize a protein that could be key to the virus’s virulence—and to developing a vaccine against the mosquito-borne disease.


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Antibiotic Resistance Can Boost Bacterial Fitness

By Anna Azvolinsky | July 22, 2015

In some pathogenic bacteria, certain antibiotic resistance–associated mutations may also confer an unexpected growth advantage.


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Ebola Virus Virulence

By Jef Akst | June 9, 2015

The strain of Ebola that has circulated in West Africa for the last year takes longer to kill macaques than the virus that caused an outbreak in Central Africa in 1976.


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Facing Down Emerging Viruses

By Michal Barski | February 1, 2015

A better knowledge of the pathogenesis of emerging zoonotic diseases is crucial if we want to prepare for “the next Ebola.”


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Decoding Bacterial Methylomes

By Kate Yandell | May 15, 2013

A new technique could soon spur unprecedented insight into the role of bacterial epigenetics in the evolution of pathogen virulence.

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When Vaccines Turn Vicious

By Ruth Williams | July 12, 2012

Weakened viruses used in vaccines can swap genes and produce disease-causing strains.


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Bacterial Exploitation

By Ruth Williams | July 5, 2012

Field studies reveal non-virulent bacteria take advantage of their virulent counterparts to get a free pass into their host.


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Self-Harm for Self-Defense

By Hayley Dunning | June 20, 2012

To protect themselves during malaria infections, mice can kill their own healthy red blood cells, cutting off the parasite’s primary resource.


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