MERS: First Confirmed Case in the US and Exciting Treatment Potentials
Alexander Bernstein / disease / epidemic / Infectious Diseases / virus

MERS: First Confirmed Case in the US and Exciting Treatment Potentials

By: Alexander Bernstein First reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a coronavirus-caused respiratory illness that has claimed over a 100 lives in Saudia Arabia and has a deadly fatality rate of around 40%. Caused by a virus called MERS-CoV, this illness has since spread to 6 countries near the … Continue reading

A Short Primer on CRISPR Technology and the Age of Genetic Engineering
Aditya Nair / disease / DNA / gene / Infectious Diseases

A Short Primer on CRISPR Technology and the Age of Genetic Engineering

By: Aditya Nair A clever modification to a bacterial immune response could hold the key to curing hundreds of genetic diseases. We humans, from our selfish point of view, are accustomed to considering bacteria as agents of infection and the causes of great suffering. The all too common “strep throat” is the result of infection … Continue reading

Birth Rate and Infectious Disease: The Imperative of Childhood Vaccination
antibiotics / Biology / Causes for Concern / Ian MacArthur / infectious / Infectious Diseases / virus

Birth Rate and Infectious Disease: The Imperative of Childhood Vaccination

By: Ian MacArthur The problem of infectious disease has essentially been solved in First World countries. While the citizens of developed nations may suffer outbreaks of influenza from year to year, epidemics of measles, polio, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases no longer pose a major threat to these populations thanks to the development of vaccines … Continue reading

The Power of Peptides: Tat-beclin 1
Biology / Infectious Diseases

The Power of Peptides: Tat-beclin 1

By Ian MacArthur A new synthetic peptide may hold the key to curing some of mankind’s most tenacious illnesses. Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center led by Dr. Beth Levine recently synthesized Tat-beclin 1, a molecule that shows promise as a means of developing treatments against cancer, infectious disease, and degenerative neurological … Continue reading