Bacteria

Researchers Identify Virus and Two Types of Bacteria as Major Causes of Alzheimer’s

Microbes Alzheimers A worldwide team of senior scientists and clinicians have come together to produce an editorial which indicates that certain microbes – a specific virus and two specific types of bacteria – are major causes of Alzheimer’s Disease. Their paper, which has been published online in the highly regarded peer-reviewed journal, Journal of Alzheimer’s … Continue reading Researchers Identify Virus and Two Types of Bacteria as Major Causes of Alzheimer’s

Gut bust: Intestinal microbes in peril

By Bruce Goldman Let’s be clear: Justin and Erica Sonnenburg, both PhD, are not advocating a return en masse to the hunter-gatherer lifestyle that has characterized 95 percent of our species’ evolutionary history. Modern society is great! The benefits of industrial civilization are too numerous to name. Here are just a few: Abundant food supplies. … Continue reading Gut bust: Intestinal microbes in peril

Virus steals black widow poison gene to help it attack

By Bob Holmes Genetic Theft In one of the most unexpected genetic thefts ever, a virus that infects bacteria appears to have stolen the gene coding for the poison of the black widow spiders. The virus, named WO, probably uses the gene to help it attack its targets. Viruses often steal genes from their hosts. … Continue reading Virus steals black widow poison gene to help it attack

Blood & Fog: The Military’s Germ Warfare Tests In San Francisco

By Rebecca Kreston The Nuremberg Code was drafted in 1947 following the appalling revelations of human experimentation committed in Nazi concentration camps. The overarching goal of the Code was to establish a set of rules for the ethical conduct of research using human subjects, guaranteeing that the rights and welfare of such participants would be … Continue reading Blood & Fog: The Military’s Germ Warfare Tests In San Francisco