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Image of the Day: Hunter Platelets
Staff, The Scientist Staff | Dec 19, 2017
Researchers explore how blood platelets sweep bacteria into aggregate bundles at sites of infection to help phagocytic cells dispose of them.
Flies’ Feet Can Spread Bacteria
Kerry Grens | Nov 27, 2017
Lab experiments and metagenomic analyses of flies’ resident bacteria indicate that the insects carry microbes from place to place on their legs.
Do Pathogens Gain Virulence as Hosts Become More Resistant?
Andrew F. Read and Peter J. Kerr | Oct 1, 2017
Emerging infections provide clues about how pathogens might evolve when farm animals are protected from infection.
Infographic: Evolving Virulence
Andrew F. Read and Peter J. Kerr | Sep 30, 2017
Tracking the myxoma virus in the wild rabbit populations of Australia has yielded insight into how pathogens and their hosts evolve.
Does Farming Drive Fish Disease?
Claire Asher | Apr 19, 2017
Intensive aquaculture favors increasingly virulent forms of certain fish-infecting parasites and pathogens, studies show.
Missing Link in Malaria Evolution Discovered in Historical Specimens
Ben Andrew Henry | Dec 1, 2016
A family’s collection of antique microscope slides became a trove of genetic information about the eradicated European malaria pathogen.
Infections On the Rise
Alison F. Takemura | Aug 9, 2016
Increases in oceanic populations of these bacteria—both pathogenic and not—is an effect of climate change, scientists show.
Cullen Buie Parses Pathogens With Passion
Andy Extance | Aug 1, 2016
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT. Age: 34
Staff | Jul 31, 2016
Scientist to Watch Cullen Buie, MIT researcher, talks about his quest to devise a method for quickly determining the pathogenicity of microbes.
China’s Bats Widely Resistant to White-Nose Syndrome
Bob Grant | Mar 10, 2016
A study suggests bats in Asia could have genes that protect them from the fungal infection that is decimating bat populations in North America.