Infectious Disease

November 26, 2012

Viruses like HIV build a “suit of armor” out of nucleic acids to protect their genetic information. If scientists could develop a clear picture of how a virus assembles this protective suit, called a capsid, it could reveal potential [Read more]

Beating a Parasite At Its Own Game

August 15, 2012

Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease caused by Toxoplasma gondii, one of the most common parasites in the world. It’s often carried by cats, and people sometimes get it after cleaning out a litter box. But it can also come from eating meat [Read more]

Brucella and the Fake Self-Destruct

April 12, 2012

By Rob Mitchum Brucella abortus is a particularly pesky pathogen. Frequently infecting cattle in many countries around the world, the bacterium causes the most common zoonotic infection, usually passing from animal to humans through ingestion of [Read more]

Clean Your Teeth and Check for HIV?

March 13, 2012

People are used to feeling uncomfortable at the dentist, whether its suffering the drill or trying to make conversation with a gloved finger in your mouth. Given this baseline, perhaps the dentists’ office is the perfect place for another [Read more]

The Viruses Hidden Within Us

October 11, 2011

By Meghan Sullivan What is it about viruses that so easily captures our attention? With the teeth mostly taken out of bacterial infections by the advent of penicillin and parasites a rare and mostly exotic concern, viruses remain one nemesis that we [Read more]