settlers, disease & medicine, microbiology
Double-Edged TB Drug
Beth Marie Mole | Sep 12, 2012
A cheap pain reliever that can kill drug-resistant, tuberculosis-causing bacteria may never be tested.
Do it Yourself TB Test
Edyta Zielinska | Sep 5, 2012
With a cardboard box, a light source, and some filters, roadside clinics can accurately test for tuberculosis.
Flu Fights Dirty
Hayley Dunning | Sep 1, 2012
Mimicking a host-cell histone protein offers flu a sneaky tactic to suppress immune response.
Down and Dirty
Amy Coombs | Sep 1, 2012
Diverse plant communities create a disease-fighting "soil genotype."
Soil Harbors Antibiotic Resistance
Ed Yong | Aug 30, 2012
Identical resistance genes in soil and clinical bacteria hint at dangerous genetic arms trade that is aggravating the antibiotic-resistance crisis.
The Danger of Vaccine Exemptions
Edyta Zielinska | Aug 30, 2012
Are states with less rigorous rules about which children can claim an exception from vaccination in kindergarten putting communities at higher risk of childhood disease?
Resisting TB
Cristina Luiggi | Aug 30, 2012
A study finds that drug-resistant tuberculosis is more prevalent than current estimates suggest.
Boston to Test Bioterror Sensors
Bob Grant | Aug 29, 2012
Federal officials will release harmless bacteria into subway tunnels beneath the Northeastern city to test new sensors designed to detect biological agents.
Clinical Trial Misfortune
Cristina Luiggi | Aug 28, 2012
A human trial of a hepatitis C treatment is shut down after one of the participants died.
Second Victim of Hantavirus
Jef Akst | Aug 28, 2012
Another person has died from the rodent-borne disease after visiting Yosemite National Park.