As permafrost thaws, could ‘zombie pathogens’ make a comeback?

Photo courtesy the U.S. National Parks Service

Undead beings from an ancient era, frozen in time and released upon a modern society that has forgotten them — sounds like a horror movie premise, right?

Scientists have been discussing whether this scenario will become reality, but don’t worry about fighting off a hoard of zombies […]

Cracking the code: A look at bird flu strains

H5N1, H7N3, H7N9, H5N2, H7N8.

What do these mysterious series of letters and numbers mean, and why should we pay attention to them?

Some of these numbers might ring a bell if you pay close attention to the news. All of the above are strains of avian influenza, otherwise known as bird flu. H5N1 is […]

Science: Food should be a no fly zone

Flies are less apparent in the winter months but when they make an appearance around your food or drinks, the annoyance and disgust that follows never fails. But, exactly how dangerous are they? Once a fly lands on your sandwich or pop can should you consider it contaminated and throw in out?

One article discusses […]

One test can detect all viruses that infect people and animals

A new test developed by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis can now detect virtually any virus known to affect humans and animals. Called ViroCap, this test can also detect “novel” viruses not yet identified, as long as they share a few genetic characteristics with known viruses.

According to a recent article, the researchers […]