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The Viral Microbiome
Humans harbor both bacteria and viruses that help keep us healthy. Soon, they might cure us too.
The Viral Microbiome
The Viral Microbiome

Humans harbor both bacteria and viruses that help keep us healthy. Soon, they might cure us too.

Humans harbor both bacteria and viruses that help keep us healthy. Soon, they might cure us too.

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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.
3D rendered illustration of a coronavirus with an overlaid network of lines and dots.
Connecting the Dots That Link Diabetes and Infection Severity
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | May 22, 2023 | 4 min read
Researchers shed light on the immunometabolism of respiratory infection, providing an avenue towards safer COVID-19 therapeutics for those affected by metabolic disorders.
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Relevant Models Reflect Real-World Needs
The Scientist | 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.
Illustration of viruses represented with different colors overlapping each other.
What Happens When You Catch More than One Virus?
Alejandra Manjarrez, PhD | Dec 7, 2022 | 8 min read
The “tripledemic” shines a spotlight on viral interference, in which one infection can block another.
Microscopic image of a poliovirus
Polio Detected in New York City Wastewater
Andy Carstens | Aug 15, 2022 | 2 min read
Analyses suggest the virus has been silently spreading in nearby counties since May.
The Scientist Speaks - Thieves on the Inside: Viral Control of Host Gene Expression
Niki Spahich, PhD | 1 min read
Britt Glaunsinger discusses how viruses steal from their hosts to take over cellular processes and promote their own survival.
Mosquitos flying at sunset
Climate Change Worsens Most Infectious Diseases
Andy Carstens | Aug 8, 2022 | 2 min read
Of the pathogens known to have infected humans, more than half may cause more widespread disease as a result of rising temperatures, precipitation changes, or other climate-related factors, a study finds.
Sleeping mice in chambers with mosquitoes behind them on a mesh
Mosquitoes Drawn to Hosts Infected by Dengue, Zika
Patience Asanga | Jun 30, 2022 | 4 min read
Flavivirus infections alter the skin microbiome of mice to increase the production of a sweet-smelling compound that attracts the viruses’ insect vectors, a study finds.
A Connected Community: The Rise of Microbiome Research
The Scientist | 1 min read
Explore how microbes shape health, disease, and the world beyond
Aerial view of crowd connected by lines
Monkeypox: What We Know (and What We Don’t)
Andy Carstens | Jun 24, 2022 | 7 min read
The longer and farther the virus spreads, the more likely it could become endemic in new areas, says UCLA epidemiologist Anne Rimoin.
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Wet Weather Brings Japanese Encephalitis to Australia
Shawna Williams | Apr 14, 2022 | 2 min read
Southern Australia has recorded its first-ever cases of the disease in an outbreak that has so far killed three people.
Understanding Immune-Mediated Damage After Respiratory Infection
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with 10x Genomics | 1 min read
Paul Thomas from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will discuss how he used single cell and spatial transcriptomics to discover the underlying mechanism of an inflammatory immune response in the lungs.
A micrograph from the first US case of COVID-19, with SARS-CoV-2 virus particles in blue
SARS-CoV-2 Can Spread Via Cell-to-Cell Transmission
Catherine Offord | Apr 4, 2022 | 2 min read
The virus’s ability to slip directly from one cell to another may help it avoid some of the body’s immune responses.
3D virus cells attacking a DNA strand
HIV DNA Circularizes to Bypass CRISPR-Based Treatments
Nele Haelterman, PhD | Mar 7, 2022 | 3 min read
CRISPR-mediated removal of HIV can create small, infectious DNA molecules.
Virus Hunters: Searching for Therapeutic Phages in a Drug Resistant World
The Scientist | 1 min read
Researchers Jason Gill and Paul Turner will discuss their work on bacteriophage therapy to treat drug resistant bacterial infections.
3D rendered illustration of a brain with signal waves in background to show the concept of consciousness
Book Excerpt from Feeling & Knowing
Antonio Damasio | Nov 1, 2021 | 4 min read
In Chapter 1, “On Being,” author Antonio Damasio outlines the dawn of consciousness.
three children outside with winter gear wearing surgical masks
The Pandemic Crushed the Flu—What Happens When It Returns?
Diana Kwon | Jul 7, 2021 | 8 min read
Cases of influenza and other respiratory viruses sank dramatically during the pandemic, with potential implications for both people and pathogens.  
Blurred out people standing near train at station.
Cities Have Distinct Microbial Signatures: Study
Lisa Winter | May 27, 2021 | 2 min read
The researchers found thousands of species not previously documented.
A stylized, computer-generated 3D render of a virus cell that looks similar to SARS-CoV-2
Two New Coronaviruses Make the Leap into Humans
Amanda Heidt | May 20, 2021 | 3 min read
Two viruses from dogs and pigs were isolated from human patients, but neither was proven to cause severe disease or to transmit to other people.
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