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A Marvellous Month of Infectious Science

Cold weather helps to spread flu across the country A very cool new study from McMaster University researchers shows how weather patterns impact the spread of influenza A virus across Canada. Using outbreak data gathered over more than 13 years, … Continue reading

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How to survive the bacterial antibiotic revolution

These days, we have a pretty serious problem when it comes to our ability to kill resistant bacteria causing serious illness. People petition governments to urge action, while drug companies lament over how those pesky bacteria evolved to defeat their … Continue reading

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Colonised livestock transmit MRSA to farmers

These days, most people are aware of the increasing threat of antibiotic resistance, where bacteria that cause human disease become resistant to antibiotic therapy. This change is at least partially driven by the overprescription of antibiotics. Even our most robust … Continue reading

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Forensic evidence links badgers and cows in British tuberculosis infections

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is a serious disease that threatens the health of livestock, wildlife, and the agricultural economy, particularly in the United Kingdom. Although every cow in the UK is subjected to a yearly bTB test, with those testing positive … Continue reading

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The Life and (Long) Times of Bugs

If there’s one thing that Jurassic Park taught us, it’s that evolution is a long, drawn-out process*. Novel traits evolve in different species over millions of years, so most human scientists aren’t around long enough to see them happen in … Continue reading

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