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Infectious Diseases – News and Features

Oval squids with egg clutches in the experimental tanks at the OIST Marine Science Station.

Sustainable Treatment Shields Squid Eggs From Newly Discovered Parasite

A team of researchers has managed to create the most efficient cephalopod aquaculture system for research to date. With this system, they have managed to rear 10 successive generations of squid, an unparalleled achievement in the field.
3D renderings of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Scientists Pinpoint “Exciting” New Target for Drug Developers

The scientists have discovered how the dangerous Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) defuses our immune response and, in doing so, have pinpointed an exciting new target for drug developers.
An E. coli bacterium.

Link Found Between an Altered Vaginal Microbiota and Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections

Researchers have identified a link between altered vaginal microbiota and recurring UTIs in post-menopausal women.
A person's hand with a drip attached.

Researchers Discover Patterns of Infection Caused by Leptospirosis, a Neglected Tropical Disease

Corkscrew-shaped Leptospira and the potentially deadly disease they cause are tricky to study, but new research has shed light on patterns of infection in Brazil.
Close up of a chestnut tree.

Genome Study Supports Restoration of American Chestnut Trees

Native trees adapt to the climate and environmental conditions of their area to survive. Researchers confirmed this by examining the genome of American chestnut trees and grouping the samples according to their specific environmental region.
T cells.

Adenoviral COVID Vaccines Produce an Unpredicted Immune Response in Study Participants

Researchers from the University of Liverpool’s Centre for Drug Safety Science have identified unpredicted T-cell immune responses to the adenoviral (Oxford/AstraZeneca and Janssen) COVID-19 vaccines.
A needle piercing the top of a vaccine vial.

Novel Vaccine Could Offer Lifetime Immunity Against Evolving Flu Strains

New research led by Oregon Health & Science University reveals a promising approach to developing a universal influenza vaccine – a so-called “one and done” vaccine that confers lifetime immunity against an evolving virus.
A pregnant woman holds her belly.

Maternal Zika Virus Infections Reprogram Fetal Immune Development

Maternal Zika virus infections can reprogram fetal immune development, leading to long-term consequences in children’s immunity, a new study has shown.

Scientists Shed Light on How Viruses Ensure Their Survival

New research from Rice University scientists is shedding light on how viruses ensure their survival by precisely timing the release of new viruses. The discovery offers a new theoretical framework for understanding these dynamic biological phenomena.
Scanning electron micrograph of Salmonella Typhimurium invading a human epithelial cell.

Retail Chicken Meat Contains an Increasing Number of Antimicrobial Resistant Salmonella Serovars

Salmonella infections are a major public health issue in the United States, causing over 1.3 million illnesses annually. These infections are a leading cause of foodborne illness, often traced back to raw or undercooked poultry meat and eggs.