Monkeypox

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Viruses against bacteria

The use of phages in biomedicine can address the problem of multi-resistant bacteria. However, there are some weak points we must overcome before using them in clinical practice.

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Are viruses alive?

The scientific community agrees that viruses are not alive. However, the idea sparks some debate because it depends on how we define life.

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June Almeida, virus photographer

We remember June Almeida, the first person to photograph a human coronavirus.

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virus names

A matter of virus names

The WHO published recommendations on how to name new infectious diseases to avoid stigmatising a country, community, or economic sector.

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Viruses: are they alive?

An analysis of our historical relationship with viruses to understand the reactions to the present pandemic.

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The only recourse

Our intelligence may be the only recourse against emerging infectious diseases like SARS-CoV-2.

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Maurice Hilleman

Maurice Hilleman and oblivion

Maurice Hilleman is probably the scientist who has prevented the highest number of deaths and illnesses from infection in the history of medicine. He and his team obtained or improved more than 25 vaccines against viruses and bacteria.

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hospital en temps de pandèmia

The time of pandemics: a reflection from a historical perspective

Every historical period has had its epidemic executioner, and it has almost always been the ecological changes between human communities and the environment that have caused changes in pathogenicity and epidemic diseases.

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image SARS-COV-2

COVID-19 and the dark side of promiscuity in life

We need to rethink many aspects of our daily lives, of our values, of our economic and cultural practices; in short, of our coexistence with the rest of nature and, especially, of our respect for non-human animals.

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