qPCRDriving Wastewater Surveillance for Infectious Disease
Nathan Ni, PhD | Oct 30, 2023 | 3 min read
Natalie Knox and the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory are helping establish a national qPCR-driven wastewater surveillance network for SARS-CoV-2 and other diseases.
Accessible Lateral Flow Assays: Test to Treat, Test to Protect
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Oct 18, 2023 | 3 min read
From development to implementation, Rosanna Peeling discusses the importance of rapid tests for public health.
A woman with diabetes checks her blood glucose levels using a wearable biosensor patch on her upper arm, transmitting the results to a smartphone.
Wearable Biosensors and Their Applications
Rebecca Roberts, PhD | 5 min read
Allowing users to continually monitor biological signals over time, wearable biosensors pave the way toward personalized healthcare.
Blood vessel with flowing red blood cells and white immune cells.
New CRISPR Treatment Could Prevent HIV Reinfection after Viral DNA Excision
Jennifer Zieba, PhD | Aug 21, 2023 | 3 min read
Researchers design dual CRISPR treatments to remove HIV DNA and prevent reinfection in vitro.
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Relevant Models Reflect Real-world Needs
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Aug 1, 2023 | 1 min read
Jie Sun shares how his curiosity, creativity, and motivation to address clinical public health needs steer his research in immunology and infectious disease.
A person slouches while sitting at their laboratory bench, causing musculoskeletal strain, indicated by a yellow highlight on their spine.
Tips and Tricks for Improving Laboratory Ergonomics
Melissa Afterman, MS, CPE | 4 min read
Proper ergonomics minimizes risk factors in the laboratory to optimize individuals’ performance and well-being.
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Glow-in-the-dark Diagnostics
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Jul 5, 2023 | 2 min read
A nucleic acid detection platform that marries CRISPR diagnostic tools with bioluminescence could accelerate treatment decisions in the clinic.
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Antimicrobial Resistance: The Silent Pandemic
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Jun 30, 2023 | 9 min read
Scientists continue to ring alarm bells about the risks associated with the continued misuse of antimicrobials and advocate for innovative treatments, improved surveillance, and greater public health education.
An abstract rendering of laboratory flasks with green and pink glowing liquid and scientific shapes floating above.
Traditional Techniques, New Applications
The Scientist | 1 min read
Researchers harness the power of familiar methods to advance science. 
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Vaccines: Sex Matters
Niki Spahich, PhD | Jun 1, 2023 | 3 min read
Male patients who recover from mild COVID-19 have baseline immune states primed to mount stronger responses to future challenges than female patients.
X-ray crystallography of penicillin
Crystal-Clear Penicillin, 1945
Brittany McWilliams | Apr 3, 2023 | 4 min read
Political activist and Nobel winner Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin pioneered X-ray crystallography to discover the molecular structures of penicillin and insulin.
What Lies Beneath: Wastewater Testing for Pathogens
What Lies Beneath: Wastewater Testing for Pathogens
The Scientist | 1 min read
Michael Wiley will discuss detecting pathogens in communities through wastewater surveillance programs.
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The Skin Battery
Sally Adee | Mar 1, 2023 | 4 min read
The “wound current” has intrigued scientists for more than a century. It could turn out to be the key to healing catastrophic injuries.
In urban bathhouses in Germany and the surrounding low countries, bathhouse proprietors, known as baders, provided visitors with basic medical care. To draw blood, baders would scratch the skin before placing a heated cupping glass over the incision to extract blood and purge the body. Other tools associated with baders, including dental forceps and an amputation saw, hint at further services they provided.
Bathing Through the Ages: 1300–1848
Clare Watson | Mar 1, 2023 | 2 min read
Public bathing, ubiquitous around the world and through the ages, plays an often-unappreciated role in public health.
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Real World Data: Opening New Avenues for Health Research
Liliana Garcia Mondragon, PhD | 4 min read
Scientists and clinicians increasingly use real world data (RWD) to make valuable discoveries that can be applied to the healthcare industry.
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How an Early Warning Radar Could Prevent Future Pandemics
Amos Zeeberg, Undark | Feb 27, 2023 | 8 min read
Metagenomic sequencing can help detect unknown pathogens, but its widespread use faces challenges.
A cluster of spiral-shaped Treponema pallidum bacteria, the causative agent of syphilis.
Science Falls Behind as Syphilis Stages Another Comeback
Bhargavi Duvvuri, Undark | Feb 21, 2023 | 6 min read
Syphilis is among the oldest known sexually-transmitted infections. Scientists still struggle to detect and treat it.
Time for a Change: Evidence-Based Approaches for the Biological Safety Assessment of Medical Devices
Time for a Change: Evidence-Based Approaches for the Biological Safety Assessment of Medical Devices
The Scientist | 1 min read
In this webinar, Ron Brown discusses the problems with current medical device biological safety assessment approaches and suggests that evidence-based strategies could be the solution. 
A mother mouse breastfeeds her offspring
Fast-Acting Nonhormonal Male Birth Control Prevents Pregnancy in Mice
Katherine Irving | Feb 15, 2023 | 5 min read
The “on demand” drug immobilizes sperm rather than limit their production, preventing 100 percent of pregnancies in an experiment.
Microscopy view of cancerous human cervix cells stained violet.
Why Some HPV Infections Carry More Cervical Cancer Risk
Dan Robitzski | Feb 2, 2023 | 5 min read
Where and how human papillomavirus integrates itself into the human genome steers the infection’s clinical outcomes, finds a large, multifaceted study.