Bacteria

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