Tagged: phage

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

NZ’s first ‘superbug’ victim? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 19, 2013

One of the big news stories today was about the death of Brian Pool, who according to Stuff’s Michelle Duff is “believed to be New Zealand’s first victim of an aggressive superbug, caught while he was overseas, that is resistant to every type of antibiotic.” One of the doctors who treated him, clinical microbiologist … Read More

Monday Micro – citizen science & the scary viruses - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jun 03, 2013

I’ve recently returned from Denver, Colorado where I was attending the American Society of Microbiology’s (ASM) annual conference. It was one of the biggest conferences I’ve ever been to: approximately 7,100 attendees, nearly 230 sessions, 19 workshops, and over 2,500 posters. All in just 4 days. Exhausting! With such a huge amount going on, the organisors had developed a smart … Read More

Monday Micro – smart viruses - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 04, 2013

I’ve always loved bacteriophage, the spaceship-like viruses which prey on bacteria*. They really do look like something from another planet. Phage are abundant in nature, found everywhere, from soil and water, to the guts of animals. They have two different life cycles; in the lytic cycle they infect bacteria, replicate themselves and then lyse and … Read More