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Will The Virus Have The Last Word?

29 May 2020

“Gentlemen, it is the microbes who will have the last word.” Those words spoken by Louis Pasteur a century and a half ago are unnervingly meaningful today as we confront the SARS-CoV-2 virus that...

No, COVID-19 Isn't Like Altitude Sickness

22 Apr 2020

This article was first published in The Montreal Gazette.

The Word "Quarantine" Comes from the Italian Word "Forty Days"

6 Feb 2020

The term derives from “quaranta giorni,” meaning 40 days, and traces back to the 14th century when the city of Dubrovnik, now in Croatia, was under Venetian rule. The Great Pestilence, or the Great...

Cancer and Weight Loss

9 Jan 2020

The cause of the weight loss is complex. It’s partly due to loss of appetite resulting from the disease itself or the nausea and vomiting that can accompany chemotherapy....

Are You There, Race? It’s Me, DNA

9 Aug 2019

What would you say is Liam Neeson’s race?...

Ambiguous Genetics Invite Woo

18 Jul 2019

If you could know every letter in your DNA, would you be better off?...

A Little Mercurial History

10 Apr 2019

“Since calomel’s become their boast,/ How many patients have they lost?/ How many thousands they make ill,/ Of poison with their calomel?” So ran a little verse written in 1825 by an unknown poet...

Did You Know that Colonialism is responsible for the spread of malaria?

15 Feb 2019

Malaria is an infectious disease caused by a single-celled parasite that multiplies in human red blood cells as well as in the intestines of the Anopheles mosquito, the insect that transmits the...

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