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A Virus for Every Season

24 Jul 2020

We have all heard the claim, passed down the generations, that you catch a cold by being exposed to cold weather. That’s what I used to believe when I was younger. Then I graduated to the...

There is More to Microbes than Viruses

23 Jun 2020

We have been inundated with discussions of viruses but there are other types of microbes out there as well. Fungi, algae, protozoa and of course, bacteria. The latter are not only out there, but...

Going Batty About Coronavirus

10 Jun 2020

The origin of COVID-19 (SARS-Cov2) has been the subject of intense academic discussion. Unfortunately, some theories would make for an intriguing Hollywood production but are based more on rumour...

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...

How Antivirals Create Paper Jams That Stop Viruses in Their Tracks

15 May 2020

Here’s a counterintuitive fact: an antiviral drug does not kill a virus. The real virus killers are the virucides, like alcohol and bleach, that tear the virus apart. It’s all in the name, with “...

From Crisis to Cure: How Antiretroviral Therapy Changed How We Look, Talk, and Think About HIV

13 May 2020

Someone recently asked me if there was a cure for HIV. My initial answer was no. HIV infection doesn’t go away and people infected with HIV have to take antiviral medications for the rest of their...

Your Pets May Be Susceptible to COVID-19, Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Panic

1 May 2020

Since the pandemic began, news of animals becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2 has been trickling in from across the world. From a 17-year-old Pomeranian in Hong Kong to a tiger from the Bronx Zoo,...

Nothing About COVID-19 is Simple 

22 Apr 2020

Whatever the end result may be, the attack starts with the virus invading cells in the lining of the nose and throat. Here the virus can latch on to a protein known as “angiotensin converting...

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