On the link between periodontitis and atherosclerosis: how P. gingivalis causes chronic inflammation in blood vessels

Main Points: Chronic oral infection with the periodontal disease pathogen, Porphyromonas gingivalis, not only causes local inflammation of the gums

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A mini-antibody with broad antiviral activity chews up viral DNA and RNA

Main Points: Antibodies and their derivatives can protect plants and animals—including humans—against viruses. Members of this class of drugs are

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New test detects toxic prions in blood

Main Points: The first cases of Mad Cow disease in humans (properly called variant Creutzfeld Jakob Disease, or vCJD) occurred

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YbeY is essential for fitness and virulence of Vibrio cholerae and keeps the RNA household in order

Main Points: YbeY is a conserved protein that is present in most bacteria. A study published on June 5th in

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New coronavirus inhibitor exhibits potent antiviral activity by blocking the viral hijacking of host membranes

Main Points: Since the SARS epidemic in 2003, coronaviruses have been on the watch list for emerging pathogens, and the

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Biofilm defense: mechanisms and actions of a new class of broad-spectrum antimicrobials

Main Points: Last month WHO issued a report that warned of an increase of antimicrobial-resistance and the renewed threat of

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How some trypanosomes cause sleeping sickness while others don’t?

Main Points: Trypanosome parasites transmitted by tsetse flies cause devastating diseases in humans and livestock. Different subspecies infect different hosts: Trypanosoma

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IL-27 balances the immune response to influenza and reduces lung damage

Main Points: Highly pathogenic (dangerous) influenza strains elicit a strong immune response which can lead to uncontrolled inflammation in the

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SOCS4 prevents a cytokine storm and helps to clear influenza virus from the lung

Main Points: Certain influenza strains are highly virulent—they cause more serious disease and kill more people. Some of the damage

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Scientists recommend further research and delay in destruction of last stocks of smallpox virus ahead of impending World Health Assembly decision

Main Points: Variola, the virus that causes smallpox, is on the agenda of the upcoming meeting of the World Health

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