Infectious Diseases & Conditions

Mouse, Not Just Tick: New Genome Heralds Change in Lyme Disease Fight

July 25, 2019

As Lyme disease increases, researchers have taken a significant step toward finding new ways to prevent its transmission. The experts, who include a pioneer in Lyme disease discovery, have sequenced the genome of the animal carrying the bacteria that causes the illness.

Scientists Pinpoint New Mechanism That Impacts HIV Infection

July 24, 2019

A team of scientists led by Texas Biomed's Assistant Professor Smita Kulkarni, PhD and Mary Carrington, PhD, at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, published results of a study that pinpointed a long noncoding RNA molecule which influences a key receptor involved in HIV infection and progression of the disease.

Genes Linked to Sepsis-Related Death are Identified in Mouse Model

July 23, 2019

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body’s immune response to infection spirals out of control. Bacteria in the bloodstream trigger immune cells to release powerful molecules called cytokines to quickly activate the body’s defenses.

Study Says U.S. Nurses Not Prepared for a Catastrophe

July 22, 2019

First impressions are important -- they can set the stage for the entire course of a relationship. The same is true for the impressions the cells of our immune system form when they first meet a new bacterium.