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Why don’t archaea cause disease?

A pathogen is an agent, especially a microorganism, that’s able to cause disease. Bacteria and viruses include the most well known pathogens, but fungi, protozoa, misfolded proteins called prions and even algae can infect a host and cause disease too. But why? Pathogenesis is a bad idea right, because what you’re doing is making the […]

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Three Creative Ways to Eradicate Diseases

♪ Smallpox was a terrible disease. It was often fatal, and even if you survived, you were left with scars where the painful blisters used to be. But thanks to an aggressive eradication campaign, it became the first human disease we totally wiped out, save a few deadly samples kept in labs around the world. […]

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What’s Inside Your Belly Button

What’s Inside Your Belly Button

Near the turn of this century, scientist Georg Steinhauser had a problem. He was fascinated by the question: Why do some belly buttons collect more lint than others? But no one knew the answer. So for three years he collected his own belly-button lint to find out. And after interviewing friends and analyzing 503 of […]

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Self-cleaning Cloth Could Prevent Illness

Self-cleaning Cloth Could Prevent Illness

In these auger plates an innovation was born that has the potential to save lives. As scientists we want to develop protective clothing for the whole society. Doctor Ning Liu received her PHD from UC Davis in March of 2011. After conducting key research with Professor Gang Sun, in the creation of a compound that […]

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21. Evolutionary Medicine

Prof: Well today we’re going to talk about evolutionary medicine. And there are some resources that you can use, if you get interested in this. There’s a book, got twenty-three chapters in it. There is a website called Evo-Med Symposia, that you can go to, and you can have talks on the evolution of HIV, […]

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