pathogens

When it comes to problems caused by ticks, Lyme disease hogs a lot of the limelight. But various tick species carry and transmit a collection of other pathogens, some of which cause serious, even fatal, conditions. In fact, the number of tick-borne disease cases is on the rise in the United States. The range where… Read more

A previously unknown druggable pocket formed by viral proteins VP1 and VP3 in enteroviruses and rhinoviruses has bee identified in new research. The finding may allow development of new antiviral medications for the common cold, polio, and other illnesses, according to the study by Rana Abdelnabi and Johan Neyts of the University of Leuven, Belgium… Read more

A process for creating ultrathin, self-assembling sheets of synthetic materials has been developed by researchers The 2-D sheets can function like designer flypaper in selectively binding with viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. The new platform, developed by a team led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, could potentially be… Read more

Carbohydrates on the surface of malaria parasites play a critical role in malaria’s ability to infect mosquito and human hosts, an international research team has shown for the first time. The finding suggests steps that may improve the only malaria vaccine approved to protect people against Plasmodium falciparum malaria – the most deadly form of… Read more