Tag: pathogen

Researchers Film How The Human Immune System Kills Off Invading Bacteria

Researchers filmed how the immune system attacks a foreign invader to understand how the human cell remains undamaged after the process. Their findings could lead to weaponizing the immune system to attack rogue cells.

May 6, 2019

Frogs, Salamanders Face Threat From Killer Fungal Disease: Here's How Humans Are Saving Species From Extinction

Deadly pathogens are killing amphibians all over the world in what has been dubbed as an amphibian apocalypse. In a desperate bid to save frogs, toads, and salamanders, scientists come together for solutions.

Animals April 22, 2019

ISS Contaminated With Fungi And Bacteria That May Harm Astronauts, Damage Spacecraft

Microbes found on the surfaces of the space station are known to cause diseases on Earth. Some are also associated with microbial induced corrosion and may affect structural stability of the ISS.

Space April 8, 2019

Disease X: Unknown Pathogen Could Cause Epidemic That Can Kill Millions Worldwide

The World Health Organization identified Disease X as a global threat. A deadly epidemic caused by the still unknown pathogen may emerge from a variety of sources and may strike anytime.

Public Health March 10, 2018

Climate Change Linked To Massive Die-Off Of Endangered Saiga Antelopes

In 2015, a deadly disease wiped out half of the entire saiga population in Kazakhstan. Scientists suspected that environmental changes triggered such event, and a new study confirmed this theory.

Animals January 18, 2018

Here's The Gross Reason Why You Should Stop Taking Your Phone To The Bathroom

Experts have warned about the dangers of using the cellphone inside the bathroom. Here's why it is not a good idea to browse through your Facebook News Feed while sitting on the toilet.

Public Health October 9, 2017

Can Rain Spread Diseases? Amazing Video Shows How Raindrops Propel Bacteria Flying Through Air

A new study paints a scary picture of how raindrops can help spread bacteria. Watch the video here.

Earth/Environment March 8, 2017

DNA From 17th Century Mummy Of A Child From Lithuania May Rewrite History Of Smallpox

Smallpox, a deadly disease that killed millions before it was declared eradicated in 1980, was likely a modern killer and not an ancient disease. The findings were based on analysis of DNA from a 17th century mummified child in Lithuania.

Ancient December 9, 2016

About 2 Million Pounds Of Ready-To-Eat-Chicken Recalled

National Steak and Poultry announced it is recalling nearly 2 million pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products that may have been undercooked. What products are affected by the recall?

Public Health December 6, 2016

Tasmanian Devil Milk Could Help Global Fight Against Drug-Resistant Superbugs

Compounds found in the milk of Australia's Tasmanian devil were found effective at killing disease-causing pathogens such as the drug-resistant bacteria MRSA. Findings could pave way for development of arsenal against superbugs.

Animals October 19, 2016

Animals Can Spread Deadly Diseases To Humans: These New Maps Show Hotspots Where This Can Happen

Where will the next Ebola strike? These new maps reveal the global hotspots of animal hosts that can spread infectious diseases to humans.

Animals June 15, 2016

More Ancient Viruses Lay Dormant In Human DNA Than Previously Thought

Hundreds of thousands of years ago, ancient viruses attacked our ancestors. Somehow, remnants of these viruses found its way into the human DNA and have been passed down from generation to generation.

Life March 23, 2016

Chicken Of The Sea, Bumble Bee Tuna Products Recalled Due To Possible Contamination

Tens of thousands of tuna cases are being recalled due to possible contamination by pathogens that could cause life-threatening diseases. Is your family in danger from food products that could be on your kitchen shelves right now?

Life March 18, 2016

Salmonella Can Survive In Holiday Cookies For Up To Six Months

Salmonella and other pathogenic bugs can survive for at least six months in holiday cookies and crackers. This is surprising news for researchers, as salmonella contamination more typically occurs in high-moisture foods, not dry goods such as these holiday treats.

Life December 28, 2015

ViroCap Test Detects Nearly All Viruses That Infect Humans And Animals

With Virocap, doctors do not have to know the virus that they are looking for making the new test valuable when the pathogen behind a disease is not known.

Life October 1, 2015

Climate Change Causing New Diseases To Surface In New Locations And New Hosts

The emergence of Ebola, West Nile virus and other infectious diseases in new places and new hosts, has something to do with changes in habitat triggered by global warming, two researchers claim.

Earth/Environment February 17, 2015

New York City rats are more dangerous than we thought

Most people think rats are pretty gross, and they try to stay away from them. Now a new study shows that they're even more disease-ridden than we may have thought before.

Internet Culture October 15, 2014

NIH finds vials of smallpox virus in unapproved lab in Maryland

Scientists cleaning an unused part of a government laboratory in Maryland discovered vials containing smallpox virus. The laboratory is not approved nor equipped to handle the dangerous pathogen.

Life July 10, 2014

Doctor in your pocket: smartphones become real-time diagnostic tools

Researchers from the University of Houston have created a smartphone attachment that can diagnose illness by determining the chemical reaction between pathogens and molecules, allowing for real-time diagnosis.

Life March 11, 2014

Mysterious disease causes starfish to rip their arms off and die, say clueless scientists

A deadly disease is causing the starfish population to tear themselves apart and scientists don't know why.

Animals February 4, 2014

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