Tag Diseases

Byzantine skeleton yields 800-year-old genomes from a fatal infection

January 10, 2017

Researchers discovered extraordinarily well preserved microfossils — mineralized ‘ghost cells’ — that closely resembled bacteria from the genus Staphylococcus.

Mitochondrial maps reveal new connections to poorly understood diseases

August 4, 2016

Mitochondrial diseases strike about 1 in 4,000 people and there are currently no licensed therapies available beyond treatments with vitamins and supplements.

UW-Madison a leader in Zika research

July 28, 2016

It’s no accident that researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have taken a lead role addressing the Zika virus epidemic gripping the Americas. Many of them were already at work fighting viruses and mosquito-borne diseases in Central and South America.

UW, Purdue scientists solve structure of cold virus linked to childhood asthma

July 13, 2016

The findings provide the foundation for future antiviral drug and vaccine development against rhinovirus C.

Scientists describe new model to enhance Zika virus research

April 19, 2016

The model will allow researchers to better understand how the virus causes disease and aid in the development of vaccines.

Bad news for bats: deadly fungus persists in caves

December 14, 2012

Researchers have found that the organism that causes deadly white-nose syndrome persists in caves long after it has killed the bats in those caves. A study just published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology shows that the fungus can survive in soil for months, even years, after the bats have departed.