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Infographic – Zika Virus

The Zika virus seems to have come out of nowhere, but in reality it has been documented since the early 20th century. So why has it been in the news recently? Once it spread to …

Infographic : What is MERS?

In the wake of the Ebola crisis in West Africa, the recent epidemic of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (or MERS) in South Korea has focused attention once gain on viruses that have the ability to …

Video: Viral Life Cycle

Our latest video summarizes the stages of the viral life cycle for a DNA virus. Coming soon are animations of how a retrovirus (RNA-virus) infects cells and an updated article on the influenza virus. Follow …

What Lies Inside New York City’s Rats

To live in any city in America means to live alongside Rattus novegiucus– the Norwegian rat, also known as the common rat or brown rat. In New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago, Rattus novegiucus …

Things to Know about Ebola

The recent outbreaks of Ebola in Africa have focused  media attention on viruses and the science of epidemiology. Let’s  take a look at some questions about the Ebola virus: What is the Ebola virus and …

Five Things to Know about Chikungunya

In recent months, a disease has crept across the Atlantic from Africa and Asia. Carried and transmitted by mosquitos, it has swept across the Caribbean and even into the United States of America within the …
Science News Update: February 1st

Science News Update: February 1st

Science News for the Science Classroom From cancer to new dolphin species to the super-vision of shrimp, here is our list of interesting science articles from the past week. Oldest Known Cancer Traced to Initial …
Science News Update: August 9

Science News Update: August 9

    In our latest science news update, we take a look at MERS, malaria, a very expensive cheeseburger, and a link between a common OTC drug and rare skin infections. RicochetScience FaceBook Favorites Acetaminophen …
Science News Update: April 12, 2013

Science News Update: April 12, 2013

The spread of H7N9, the link between carnitine and heart disease, the recovery of coral reefs, and iPad apps for flipping the classroom top our April 12th selection of news for the science classroom. Could …
H7N9 Virus and Humans

H7N9 Virus and Humans

Over the next few weeks you are more than likely going to be hearing a lot more about H7N9, the virus that is now recognized to be associated with the death of several individuals in …
Science in the News: February 27 to March 5, 2013

Science in the News: February 27 to March 5, 2013

Our roundup up of recent stories for the science classroom features the first successful treatment of an HIV-infected infant, dinosaurs as crocodile prey, the evolution of bacteria, and a new virus causes concern. Researchers Describe …
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Naming an Influenza Virus

For an updated version of this article – please see Naming the 2015-2016 Influenza Viruses Fall is in the air, temperatures are getting colder, and flu season is about to begin. Soon, we will be …
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Engineering a Better Mosquito

Several years ago, in one of my introductory biology classes, I mentioned that one of the most promising ways to fight diseases, such as malaria, might be to genetically engineer a better mosquito. As you …