Tagged: mBIO

Monday Micro – Semen and the twitchy clap - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 10, 2014

Neisseria gonorrhoeae is the bacterium responsible for the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea, also known as the clap. Symptoms often include pain when peeing and a nasty discharge from your nether regions, although some people can be asymptomatic. The microbe isn’t hugely fussy about where it causes an infection, so you can also get gonorrhoea of the throat and … Read More

Where do all the women go? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 06, 2014

This weekend is International Women’s Day and the theme this year is Inspiring Change. According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, just 30% of science researchers are women. They have produced a nifty tool to see where those women work and in what fields. For NZ, the tool says that 59% of Bachelors students are … Read More

Monday Micro – killer viruses - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Feb 03, 2014

Recent virus-related papers to get excited about: 1. Visualising HIV infection A paper just out in the open access journal PLOS Pathogens describes using 3D electron microscopy to visualise the Human Immune Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-1 infecting gut immune cells (1). If you remember, HIV is the virus which causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Read More