Syphilis, caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum, is spread through contact. Specifically, it is spread through the direct contact with open sores called chancres. Once infected, symptoms present themselves in three stages, each getting progressively worse. During the 1st stage, a small chancre forms at the area where the bacterium entered the skin. It is usually … More 1940s thinking: Just blame it on the prostitute
Cavendish is the type of banana cultivar that is commercially cultivated and exported most frequently in the global trade market nowadays. In some parts of the world, people consume cavendish banana as one of their main nutrition sources. However, unfortunately, the banana with the greatest demand is now on the brink of extinction. Panama disease, … More Potential Solution to Panama Disease?
Bananas are full of potassium, protein and the ability to lower blood pressure, this fruit is one eaten by many all over the world. Americans tend to eat as many bananas as apples and oranges together. In the 1950s, the Gros Michel banana was the most-exported banana in the world until a fungus known as … More Our favorite yellow fruit in danger?!
Pig farmers across the entire world are experiencing an economic crisis due to the fact there is a very infectious disease affecting their livestock. So far in Europe and North America, it has cost farmers two and a half billion dollars per year and it keeps rising. This rather unfortunate virus is called Porcine Reproductive … More CRISPR Making Pigs Crispier?
Xanthomonas campestris pv. Campestris, or Black Rot, is a bacterial disease that affects all members of the Cruciferae plant family, which includes cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and kale. Black rot is characterized initially by yellow splotches on the leaves of affected plants, which grow in size and eventually progress to black color with death of leaf … More The Path to Healthier Kale
A remote and isolated tribe located between Venezuela and Brazil has recently become threatened by the measles virus. The outbreak on the Yanomami people has landed 23 people in the hospital and has the potential to threaten hundreds more unless action is taken. Measles is very preventable in developed countries, since vaccinations are delivered in … More Measles Introduced into Susceptible Amazonian Tribe
Lyme disease is an infectious diseased cause by bacteria of the Borrelia type, which is typically carried by deer ticks. The telltale sign of infection is a ringed rash around the infected area. Within days to weeks of infection, the bacteria may travel throughout the bloodstream and cause various neurological afflictions such as facial palsy, meningitis, … More Opossums could be our ace in the hand when it comes to fighting Lyme disease