Category Archives: Viruses

Why Open Access Matters

It turns out that Ebola, rather than being something never experienced before in Liberia, seems to have caused infections there previously (boldface mine): The conventional wisdom is wrong. We were stunned recently when we stumbled across an article by European … Continue reading

Posted in Public Health, Publishing, Viruses

Genetically Engineered Yogurt

And cheese too! OH NOES! (boldface mine): Scientists didn’t know enough about the function of CRISPR and Cas enzymes for Koonin to make a detailed hypothesis. But his thinking was provocative enough for a microbiologist named Rodolphe Barrangou to test … Continue reading

Posted in Food, Microbiology, Viruses | 1 Comment

Why Phage Therapy Hasn’t Been Widely Adopted: It’s Not a Technological Problem

Azeen Ghorayshi has a very good article about phage therapy–the use of bacterial viruses to treat bacterial infections (the bacterial viruses only infect bacterial, not human cells). There’s a long history of using phage to stop bacterial disease (d’Herelle’s use … Continue reading

Posted in Antibiotics, Bidness, Economics, Viruses | 3 Comments

GOP Senator Proposes Norovirus Dissemination Plan

Well, he didn’t call it that, but Republican Senator Thom “Taking the As out of Thomas” Tillis proposed this interesting infection control policy (boldface mine): In a week packed with news over concerns for public health, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) … Continue reading

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Infectious Disease Counterintuitry

If you don’t like the word I invented (I’m rather fond of it), slatepitch will do just fine. Speaking of Slate, a Slate writer was granted space on the New York Times op-ed page to decry the effort to keep … Continue reading

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The Costs of a 100 Percent Ebola Solution

A while ago, I noted that there are costs to a 100 percent ‘zero tolerance’ Ebola prevention strategy, ranging from exhaustion of trained personnel to misallocating research and healthcare resources. Speaking of healthcare resources…. Well, the CDC has just released … Continue reading

Posted in Public Health, Viruses

The Norovirus Demagoguery Starts Here

In light of Republican efforts to stoke fear over Ebola, I have decided to become the Czar of All Ebolas. OK, not really. But I figure, if conservatives can use an imaginary, non-existent threat to affect policy and politics, then … Continue reading

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