Strange Ways: What Virus Evolution Can Tell Us About the Next Epidemic

BY COLIN HEMEZ False-color micrographs of various coronaviruses, including the viruses for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV) and middle east respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV). These viruses are roughly spherical, and display a characteristic “crown” of proteins that decorate the surfaces of the virus particles. Source: NIAID. A New Virus Emerges In mid-November of 2002, a few … Continue reading Strange Ways: What Virus Evolution Can Tell Us About the Next Epidemic

Diagnosing Lyme Disease

BY SREEJA KODALI Before 1977, Lyme, Connecticut was afflicted with an epidemic: children with skin lesions, headaches, stiff necks, myalgias, arthalgias, and fatigue. These symptoms later developed and months after the brain, heart, and muscular system were affected too. This unexplained phenomenon plagued patients until Dr. Allan Steere of Yale School of Medicine and his … Continue reading Diagnosing Lyme Disease