Molecular Virology and Microbiology News

There’s still time to get your flu shotJan 26, 2018
This year’s flu season was predicted to be severe, and so far those predictions have been accurate. However, it’s not too late to be vaccinated against the virus.
Researchers gain insight into how the intestine repairs itselfJan 24, 2018
Researchers have gained new insights into how the small intestine, one of the fastest renewing tissues in the human body, repairs itself after injury caused by intestinal rotavirus infection.
Dietary sugar linked to bacterial epidemicsJan 3, 2018
The increasing frequency and severity of healthcare-associated outbreaks caused by bacterium Clostridium difficile have been linked to the widely used food additive trehalose.
‘Tis the season for respiratory virusDec 19, 2017
Dr. Pedro A. Piedra breaks down the dangers of respiratory syncytial virus, a virus commonly occurring in fall and winter.
Dr. Zechiedrich named National Academy of Inventors FellowDec 15, 2017
Dr. Lynn Zechiedrich was named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, a status bestowed to academic inventors who demonstrate a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating inventions that make a tangible impact.
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.