Tagged: Nature

Antibody injections could be stepping stone to HIV vaccine - Guest Work

Guest Work May 10, 2016

By Ivy Shih, The Conversation Imagine a seasonal jab of antibodies that could neutralise the HIV virus. Such an injection could prove to be next best alternative to an HIV vaccine, which has proven elusive to date. American and German researchers have demonstrated that by injecting macaques with neutralising antibodies, they successfully shielded the monkeys from HIV infection … Read More

We need to talk about how we fund conservation - The Nature of Things

Marie Brown Oct 23, 2015

Environment Aotearoa 2015 confirmed what many of us already knew: our natural heritage is in serious trouble.[i] Despite decades of law, policy and grass-roots conservation initiatives our biodiversity is rapidly declining because of habitat loss, fragmentation and change; pollution; impacts of invasive species; macro scale changes such as ocean acidification and a host of other negative … Read More

Will new antibiotic Teixobactin save us all? Umm, not quite. - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 08, 2015

Researchers in Germany and the USA have just published a paper in the journal Nature describing a new antibiotic they have called Teixobactin (1). This study is good news; the World Health Organization warned last year that cancer chemotherapy and routine surgery will soon become life-threateningly risky because of the worldwide rise in antibiotic-resistant … Read More

Monday Micro – artificial sweeteners & a dose of bad science - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 22, 2014

“Sugarcubes” by Pallbo – Own work. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons. There has been quite a bit of coverage of a recent Nature paper reporting a link between artificial sweeteners and high blood glucose levels (1) – an important finding if true, as high blood glucose levels are … Read More

So you want to be a PI?! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jun 05, 2014

David van Dijk, Ohad Manor and Lucas Carey have just published a paper in Current Biology (sadly it’s behind a paywall) in which they used papers listed in PubMed by over 25,000 scientists to determine whether becoming a principal investigator (PI) is predictable. They have showed that it is (at least for the cohort who first … Read More

Monday micro – evolution in action! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Dec 16, 2013

This week’s Monday Micro is all about microbial adaptation, with two interesting new papers just out. The first relates to the H7N9 strain of bird flu that appeared in China earlier this year; as of the most recent WHO report there have been 137 lab confirmed cases with 45 deaths. There is currently no vaccine available against H7N9, … Read More

Fireflies at the 6th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 30, 2013

I’m really excited to announce that my fireflies and NASA animation will be appearing at the 6th Imagine Science Film Festival, being held in New York , October 11th-18th. Sponsored by Google, and the journals Science and Nature, according to it’s website, the festival aims to: “transform the way science and scientists are portrayed in mainstream … Read More

Monday Micro – engineering superflu? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 12, 2013

While all has gone a little quiet on the Fonterra botulism scare, here is something likely to get everyone in a lather. Flu experts Ron Fouchier and Yoshihiro Kawaoka*, along with 20 other scientists from all over the world, have announced studies they say are needed to better understand the pandemic threat posed by influenza a subtype H7N9 viruses. Since … Read More

Monday Micro – extremophiles & 50 shades of … immunity! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 11, 2013

In last week’s Monday Micro I mentioned horizontal gene transfer (HGT), the process by which bacteria acquire new genes from other microbes in their environment. HGT is one of the primary ways that genes for antibiotic resistance are able to spread between different bacteria. It is also how plenty of bacteria pick up genes for things … Read More