infectious disease
Quick and Cheap Zika Detection
Quick and Cheap Zika Detection
Ruth Williams | May 3, 2017
A heat block, a truck battery, and a novel RNA amplification assay make for in-the-field surveillance of the virus.
Polio Vaccine Pioneer Dies
Polio Vaccine Pioneer Dies
Kerry Grens | May 2, 2017
Julius Youngner collaborated with Jonas Salk on the polio vaccine, and later identified interferon gamma and contributed to an equine influenza vaccine.
Zika Virus Persists in the Nervous System and Elsewhere
Zika Virus Persists in the Nervous System and Elsewhere
Ruth Williams | Apr 27, 2017
Studies of infected rhesus monkeys reveal the virus’s long-term hiding places in the body.
<em>Wolbachia</em>-infected Mosquitoes Released in Florida
Wolbachia-infected Mosquitoes Released in Florida
Kerry Grens | Apr 19, 2017
The bacterium causes eggs to die, and spreading treated insects is expected to curb Aedes aegypti populations.
Parasitic Worm Spreads in Hawaii
Parasitic Worm Spreads in Hawaii
Bob Grant | Apr 11, 2017
The roundworm that causes rat lungworm disease has infected at least six people on the island of Maui in the last three months.
CDC Recommends Brain Imaging for Zika-Affected Babies
CDC Recommends Brain Imaging for Zika-Affected Babies
Tracy Vence | Apr 6, 2017
Infants born to mothers who were infected with the virus during pregnancy—including babies who do not show signs of microcephaly—may experience other birth defects.
Texas Considers GM Mosquitoes
Texas Considers GM Mosquitoes
Kerry Grens | Mar 28, 2017
In an effort to prevent the spread of Zika virus, Harris County officials are in discussions with Oxitec to release insects engineered to produce short-lived offspring.
White-Nose Syndrome Fungus Infects Bats in Texas
White-Nose Syndrome Fungus Infects Bats in Texas
Jef Akst | Mar 27, 2017
The pathogenic fungus that has decimated populations of bats throughout the eastern United States has surfaced in the state for the first time, although none of the bats appear diseased.
Pathway to Polio Virulence Revealed
Pathway to Polio Virulence Revealed
Ashley P. Taylor | Mar 23, 2017
Using epidemiological and laboratory data, scientists have mapped out a sequence of mutations through which the attenuated oral polio vaccine reverts to a virulent virus.
Famed Statistician and Data Visualizer Dies
Famed Statistician and Data Visualizer Dies
Jef Akst | Feb 7, 2017
Hans Rosling of the Karolinska Institute has passed away at age 68.