virology, disease & medicine, microbiology
Flooding Rivers with Resistance
Flooding Rivers with Resistance
Dan Cossins | Oct 18, 2012
A river system in Colorado contains high concentrations of antibiotic resistance genes in areas close to water-treatment plants.
Sniffing Out TB
Sniffing Out TB
Jef Akst | Oct 18, 2012
An African rat helps detect tuberculosis in Tanzania, prompting the Mozambique government to pursue a similar project.
Epigenetic Enigmas
Epigenetic Enigmas
Beth Marie Mole | Oct 17, 2012
Overturning previous studies, a peculiar protozoan mysteriously uses a DNA-markup system to take out the genetic trash.   
A Parasite’s Parasites
A Parasite’s Parasites
Ed Yong | Oct 15, 2012
French scientists identify a new giant virus, which carries the genome of a smaller virus and a new breed of mobile DNA.
Mites Remember Enemies, Fight Back
Mites Remember Enemies, Fight Back
Dan Cossins | Oct 12, 2012
Mites that were attacked by rival species as juveniles attack the young of their former assailants more frequently when they reach adulthood.
SIV and the Expanding Virome
SIV and the Expanding Virome
Sabrina Richards | Oct 11, 2012
Monkeys infected with simian immunodeficiency virus have a higher diversity of gut viruses, pointing to a possible role of the virome in SIV pathogenesis.
Typhoid Vaccine Recalled
Typhoid Vaccine Recalled
Edyta Zielinska | Oct 10, 2012
An estimated 700,000 people immunized against typhoid may not be fully protected.
Cracking Down on Vaccinations
Cracking Down on Vaccinations
Bob Grant | Oct 9, 2012
A handful of US states are enacting laws that make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children against infectious diseases.
Slime Mold Smarty Pants
Slime Mold Smarty Pants
Jef Akst | Oct 9, 2012
A form of spatial memory helps a brainless slime mold navigate complex environments, hinting at the possible origins of memory in higher organisms.
Beard Beer
Beard Beer
Beth Marie Mole | Oct 4, 2012
A brewmaster is creating a signature concoction using yeast found in his facial hair.