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MOSTLY MICROBES AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Welcome to Mostly Microbes and Infectious Diseases. David Ojcius posts newspaper and journal articles in the broad field of microbiology.

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HIV & AIDS - signs, symptoms, transmission, causes & pathology

What are HIV & #AIDS? (free video) #HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is a type of virus that infects human immune cells. Over time, immune cells are lost, which weakens the immune system and allows patients to be infected by other viruses and develop several types of tumors. #virology #virus

Beyond coronavirus: the virus discoveries transforming biology

#virus #virology #viral #coronavirus There are ~10*31 individual viral particles inhabiting the ocean at any given time, but we’ve officially named only 9,110 virus species. There is now an explosion in viral classification. Mya Breitbart has hunted novel viruses in African termite mounds, Antarctic seals and water from the Red Sea. But to hit pay dirt, she has only to step into her back garden in Florida. Hanging around her swimming pool are spiny-backed orbweavers (Gasterac

How coronavirus aerosols travel through lungs

#coronavirus #aerosols #virus #virology #COVID19 More than 65% of inhaled coronavirus particles reach the deepest region of our lungs where damage to cells can lead to low blood oxygen levels, new research has discovered, and more of these aerosols reach the right lung than the left. Lead author of the study Dr. Saidul Islam, from the University of Technology Sydney, said while previous research has revealed how virus aerosols travel through the upper airways including the no

Special Issue Call for Papers: Advances in Microbial Pathogenesis

#microbiology #pathogenesis #immunology #immunity #bacteria #virus #virology #mycology #infectiousdisease #genetics #microbiota The editors of Microbial Pathogenesis (YMPAT), Current Research in Microbial Sciences (CRMICR) and Current Research in Immunology (CRIMMU) are joining to organize a special collection called Advances in Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Immunity. How to efficiently combat infectious agents, including bacteria, fungi, viruses and protozoa is now more im

Quadruple protection procedure for resuming pig production in small-scale ASFV+ farms in China

#AfricanSwineFever #ASF #agriculture #virology #pigs #pork African swine fever (ASF) outbreak has caused serious economic losses in Asia since 2018. As ASF is a new emerging disease, many farmers hesitate to raise pigs before biosafety procedures were evaluated to be effective. To support small-scale farms in resuming pig production, a comprehensive procedure, called the quadruple protection procedure (QPP), was tested in 35 small farms which had been confirmed with African s

Watch the video: Current Research in Microbial Sciences

Current Research in Microbial Sciences topics covered include: #Genetics, #metabolism: #bacteria, #fungi, #protozoa, viruses; Environmental #microbiology; Host-microbe interactions; Antimicrobials; Microbial systems biology; #Biofilms; #Microbiota; #virology #environment #coronavirus #COVID19 Current Research in Microbial Sciences (CRMICR) is a new, gold open access journal that specializes in the rapid publication of high quality research in the field of microbiology, the st

An overview of mosquito vectors of Zika virus

The mosquito-borne arbovirus #Zika virus (ZIKV, Flavivirus, Flaviviridae), has caused an outbreak impressive by its magnitude and rapid spread. First detected in Uganda in Africa in 1947, from where it spread to Asia in the 1960s, it emerged in 2007 on the Yap Island in Micronesia and hit most islands in the Pacific region in 2013. Subsequently, #ZIKV was detected in the Caribbean, and Central and South America in 2015, and reached North America in 2016. Although ZIKV infecti

We Know Almost Nothing About Giant Viruses

Giant viruses are mysteriously large & complex. We still don’t know much about what giant viruses do, other than kill amoebas & algae. But giant viruses don’t just kill their hosts. In some cases, they can keep their hosts alive & become part of them. #environment #virology https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/01/giant-viruses-can-change-their-hosts-dna/617555/

What are HIV & AIDS? (free video)

HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is a type of virus that infects primarily human immune cells. Over time, immune cells are lost, which weakens the immune system and allows patients to be infected by other viruses and develop several types of tumors. #HIV #AIDS #virology

New Journal: Current Research in Microbial Sciences

Introducing new journal: "Current Research in Microbial Sciences" publishes articles in all areas of the broad field of #microbiology, the study of microorganisms & their biological interactions with human beings & other life. Current Research in Microbial Sciences is a gold open access (OA) journal, which means articles are permanently and freely available. #health #bacteriology #virology #parasitology #environment #agriculture https://www.journals.elsevier.com/current-resea

Current Research in Microbial Sciences

Current Research in Microbial Sciences is a new journal that specializes in the field of microbiology, the study of microorganisms and/or microbes and their interaction with the environment, plants, human beings, and other species. #health #immunology #microbiology #environment #virology #bacteriology #agriculture https://t.co/4H0a1H6yCw?amp=1

COVID-19 - causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, pathology

What is #COVID19? The coronaviruses that circulate among humans are typically benign, and they cause about a quarter of all common cold illnesses. But occasionally, coronaviruses, like COVID-19, circulate in an animal reservoir and mutate just enough to where they’re able to start infecting and causing disease in humans. #COVID19 #coronavirus #infection #microbes #microbiology #virology See free video:

The Coronavirus, Bats and Us

They probably spread the #coronavirus that’s killing humans. We almost certainly spread the fungus that’s killing them. "Bat viruses usually spill into humans when we intrude upon #bats in their habitats, excavating their guano for fertilizer, capturing them, killing them or transporting them live to markets, or otherwise initiating a disruptive interaction." #SARSCoV2 #COVID19 #microbes #virology #infection #microbiology https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/11/opinion/covid-bats.

Innovative universal flu vaccine shows promise in first clinical test

A universal #FluVaccine shows promising results in a small early trial. The vaccine targets the stalk of haemagglutinin (HA) proteins, which are less prone to mutations than other parts of the virus. #flu #influenza #vaccine #microbes #infection #microbiology #virology https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/12/innovative-universal-flu-vaccine-shows-promises-it-first-clinical-test?utm_source=Nature+Briefing&utm_campaign=4b1a5638bc-briefing-dy-20201210&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0

Phytochemicals against SARS-CoV-2 as potential drug leads

The newly emerged #SARSCoV2 strains from the #coronavirus (CoV) family is causing one of the most disruptive pandemics of the past century. Developing antiviral drugs is a challenge for the scientific community and pharmaceutical industry. Given the health emergency, repurposing of existing antiviral, antiinflammatory or antimalarial drugs is an attractive option for controlling SARS-CoV-2 with drugs. However, phytochemicals selected based on ethnomedicinal information as wel

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