The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is urging people who’ve returned from places where the Zika virus is active to refrain from donating blood for at least a month, while also recommending against the collection of blood from any region with active transmission.
Two new studies are showing that viral infections are possible owing to a remarkable biological phase transition. The research shows that viral DNA transforms from a glassy solid to a fluid-like state when the conditions for infection are just right. The new insight could result in new antiviral therapies.
There's a reason surgeons wear masks and gloves. The last thing you want is to get crap in someone's body. That is, unless you are one of the two UC Davis Medical Center neurosurgeons who very purposely introduced their patents' brains to poop bacteria. It was a real shit-for-brains way of trying to help.
If there was any doubt that viruses are basically microscopic machines, let this recreation of a T7 bacteriophage infecting an ecoli cell put those reservations to rest. In this animated video, the virus can be seen unfolding its six phage tail fibers as it latches on to an unsuspecting bacterium. Once stable and…
Medical technology is relying more and more heavily on computational power to streamline the healthcare process. But there's a problem: computerized medical technology is increasingly vulnerable to malware infections, and nobody's doing anything about it.
In the past two decades, mixed martial arts like UFC and Strikeforce have stolen the spotlight from boxing. And within these violent sports lies an even more dangerous threat — the unstoppable spread of skin infections, particularly Staphylococcus aureus, amongst fighters and training partners. What conditions and…
Science fiction should pay more attention to the rise of drug-resistant bacteria and other "super bugs," argues M.G. Ellington at the Science In My Fiction blog. And one of the main breeding grounds for these super bugs may be space.