Molecular Virology and Microbiology News

Researcher receives CDC award to fight antibiotic resistanceOct 23, 2017
Dr. Jennifer Auchtung has received an award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for innovative research to combat antibiotic resistance.
Dr. Buck Samuel receives NIH New Innovator AwardOct 5, 2017
Dr. Buck Samuel, assistant professor in the Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research at Baylor College of Medicine, is a recipient of the New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health.
Study shows accurately transcribing DNA overrides DNA repairOct 4, 2017
A groundbreaking and surprising discovery finds that in the model organism E. coli, the fidelity of transcribing DNA comes at the expense of DNA repair.
Chikungunya vaccine trial underway at BaylorJun 5, 2017
The National Institutes of Health-funded Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit at Baylor will be one of the sites for a clinical trial testing the safety and immune responses to a vaccine against chikungunya virus.
Bacteriophages, natural drugs to combat superbugsApr 18, 2017
Viruses that specifically kill bacteria, called bacteriophages, might one day help solve the growing problem of bacterial infections that are resistant to antibiotic treatment. 
Increased viral load related to less severe disease in RSV Mar 8, 2017
Researchers at Baylor found that children with less severe RSV had more virus in their body as measured by levels of five RSV genes.
Human antibodies block norovirus’ point of entrance into cellsSep 19, 2016
Scientists have determined a mechanism by which human antibodies target and block noroviruses, opening the possibility of developing therapeutic agents against this virus.
Baylor College of Medicine expert says prepare for flu season nowSep 12, 2016
It takes about one to two weeks after receiving the vaccine to have full protection, meaning now is the time to get vaccinated.
Solving a 48-year-old mystery: scientists succeed at growing noroviruses in human intestinal cell cultures in the labAug 25, 2016
New development will let researchers explore and develop procedures to prevent and treat norovirus infection.
Complete genome sequenced of Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus 4Jun 17, 2016
The complete genome of the disease-causing Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus 4 has been sequenced by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.