The Truth About The First Vaccine Ever Created

The Truth About The First Vaccine Ever Created

A world without vaccines would be a very dark place indeed. Vaccine access is, indisputably, one of the biggest perks to living in the 21st century – especially considering vaccination saves the lives of two to three million people every year, and prevents the spread of some of the deadliest viruses in the world. “Hey, […]

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Why Do Bats Carry So Many Dangerous Diseases?

Why Do Bats Carry So Many Dangerous Diseases?

[♪ INTRO] One fifth of all mammal species today are bats. And that’s awesome, because they help us out in all sorts of ways. Like, they pollinate a lot of plants, help regrow forests and control pests, and their poop is pretty excellent fertilizer. Plus, they’re just really cool. Some of them can sense magnetic […]

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How can we solve the antibiotic resistance crisis? – Gerry Wright

How can we solve the antibiotic resistance crisis? – Gerry Wright

Antibiotics: behind the scenes, they enable much of modern medicine. We use them to cure infectious diseases, but also to safely facilitate everything from surgery to chemotherapy to organ transplants. Without antibiotics, even routine medical procedures can lead to life-threatening infections. And we’re at risk of losing them. Antibiotics are chemicals that prevent the growth […]

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Teaching Children About Handwashing

Teaching Children About Handwashing

♫ Tops and bottoms. Tops and bottoms. In between. In between. ♫ It’s very important for us to make sure that we’re teaching children how to properly wash their hands. This is the time of the year where there’s many, many viruses going around including the flu and many cold viruses. And as well, as […]

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Why new diseases keep appearing in China

Why new diseases keep appearing in China

It was New Years Eve, 2019 when health officials in China admitted they had a problem. Health authorities have activated their most serious response level. After an outbreak of a new type of viral pneumonia in central China. A rapidly growing number of people were developing a dry cough and fever, before getting pneumonia. And […]

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We still don’t know what to call this coronavirus

We still don’t know what to call this coronavirus

OK. Let me take you back to December 31. China alerts the World Health Organization it’s got several cases of pneumonia in Wuhan. That’s a city of 11 million people. The virus that caused those illnesses, a mystery. Until, the world would learn this was a coronavirus outbreak. Except we still didn’t quite know what […]

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Whole Genome Sequencing for Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Whole Genome Sequencing for Infectious Disease Outbreaks

I always like to say that a genome is the instruction book to make a living thing. And every living thing on earth, whether it’s me, whether it’s you, whether it’s a tree, whether it’s a bacterium — even things that aren’t really living, like viruses, they all have a genome. They have this very […]

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Why don’t archaea cause disease?

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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