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Measles Explained — Do You Really Need To Vaccinate? Everybody...

Measles Explained — Do You Really Need To Vaccinate?

Everybody is talking about Measles – but what does the virus actually do in the body? Is it really so harmful that you need a vaccination?

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Second year second semester does not let up. This is something that I need to convince myself of. Generally, after a block exam, we have some sort of break…a weekend, at least. 371 more words

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Agrobacterium: A Biological Syringe

Plants, just like humans, fall victim to bacterial infections. Dr. Ann Matthysse, a researcher in the Department of Biology at the University of North Carolina, has studied interactions between plants and pathogens since 1970, when she thought that… 1,027 more words


A Short History of the Discovery of Viruses

Free online book:

  • Part 1: Filters and Discovery
  • Part 2: The Ultracentrifuge, Eggs and Flu
  • Part 3: Phages, Cell Culture and Polio
  • Part 4: RNA Genomes and Modern Virology…
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Second salmonella outbreak at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre revealed

Brisbane Times 6 March 2015

Queensland Health is investigating a second outbreak of food poisoning at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre that came a week before a major salmonella outbreak afflicted hundreds of school principals. 30 more words


Silencing the alarms: Innate immune antagonism by rotaviruses

This review discusses the structural and mechanistic basis of innate immune antagonism by two direct effectors, the Rotavirus NSP1 and VP3 proteins. It starts with a nice overview of Rotavirus biology then goes on to describe how the structural and mechanistic properties of NSP1 and VP3 allow these proteins to directly antagonize host innate immune responses. 311 more words


Transcriptional profiling of Bordetella pertussis reveals requirement of RNA chaperone Hfq for Type III secretion system functionality.

Bordetella pertussis, the causative agent of human whooping cough (pertussis) produces a complex array of virulence factors in order to establish efficient infection in the host. 216 more words