Microbiology

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]

The Western Diet’s Immune Impact

June 14, 2012

Inflammatory bowel disease is an ailment on the rise. A European study found that the incidence of IBD roughly doubled from 1990 to 2001, and even larger surges in IBD cases have been observed in areas of the United States and Europe studied since [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]

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]