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Virus and bioinformatics articles with some microbiology and immunology thrown in for good measure
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How to Record Video Notes With MoocNote

MoocNote is a free tool for taking notes while watching a YouTube or Vimeo video. All of your notes are timestamped and all of your note
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How to read and understand a scientific paper: a guide for non-scientists

How to read and understand a scientific paper: a guide for non-scientists | Viruses and Bioinformatics from Virology.uvic.ca | Scoop.it
Update (8/30/14): I've written a shorter version of this guide for teachers to hand out to their classes. If you'd like a PDF, shoot me an email: jenniferraff (at) utexas (dot) edu. Last week's post (The truth about vaccinations: Your physician knows more than the University of Google) sparked a very lively discussion, with comments…
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Detection of Pathogens and Novel Viruses Carried by New York City Rats

Detection of Pathogens and Novel Viruses Carried by New York City Rats | Viruses and Bioinformatics from Virology.uvic.ca | Scoop.it

No one was under the illusion that New York’s rats were clean creatures, but a study published this week in mBio found dozens of viruses that have never been described by science, some of which may be potentially harmful to humans. “While a subset of the agents we identified are known to cause disease in humans, many more are novel viruses whose zoonotic potential cannot be inferred from available data,” Cadhla Firth, the lead researcher of the team from Columbia University, wrote. “It is therefore possible that human infection with some of the agents identified here may already be occurring, and the risk of future zoonotic transmission should not be disregarded.”


Beyond that, the researchers found many, many pathogens that are well known and are very bad for people, pets, and sometimes even zebras. So, in an attempt to scare the bejesus out of everyone, I quickly analyzed the 32 species of clinically important microbes that were identified. 


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Noah Harris's comment, September 3, 2015 9:27 PM
like not trying to piggyback off of James but i completely agree with him but i would like to know how are they useful in big city's cause if we really dont need them and if we dont then why do we keep them
Breanna Daniels's comment, September 23, 2015 5:50 PM
I honestly think that this is really bad. If the rats carry germs then it could kill a lot of people. It could spread and you never know if it could turn into a pandemic. I honestly think if we keep the streets clean it would make the world a whole lot better. Not saying it would kill all of the diseases but it would help preveNY Some Of Them. It would make it cleaner
Breanna Daniels's comment, September 23, 2015 5:50 PM
Prevent*
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Great moments in science (if Twitter had existed)

Great moments in science (if Twitter had existed) | Viruses and Bioinformatics from Virology.uvic.ca | Scoop.it
Dean Burnett: What if Twitter had been around at the time of famous scientists and scientific breakthroughs?
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A Quick Guide to Genomics and Bioinformatics Training for Clinical and Public Audiences

A Quick Guide to Genomics and Bioinformatics Training for Clinical and Public Audiences | Viruses and Bioinformatics from Virology.uvic.ca | Scoop.it
PLOS Computational Biology is an open-access (Guide to #Genomics and #Bioinformatics Training for Clinical and Public Audiences http://t.co/MYOavdN6af http://t.co/iQEp66A7rR)...

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BioINFO Project

BioINFO Project | Viruses and Bioinformatics from Virology.uvic.ca | Scoop.it
We are currently developing a large number of very useful tools for Biotechnology. These tools are meant to provide the academic community with free and reliable web applications for Bioinformatics and Genome research.
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Assessing Student Learning

Assessing Student Learning | Viruses and Bioinformatics from Virology.uvic.ca | Scoop.it
For those of us involved in curriculum redesign, the University of Leicester Learning Institute has put together a useful page o
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Scientists Unearth a Trove of New Bacteria-Killing Viruses

Scientists Unearth a Trove of New Bacteria-Killing Viruses | Viruses and Bioinformatics from Virology.uvic.ca | Scoop.it
Bacteria prey on humans, but the bugs have to beware of their own predators, too: a special class of viruses called phages.
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Rakesh Yashroy's curator insight, September 4, 2015 11:49 AM

Every living organism has an enemy threatening its existence. What is  the threat to bacteriophages? Any reply!#@?

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WikiWand Makes Wikipedia Beautiful

WikiWand Makes Wikipedia Beautiful | Viruses and Bioinformatics from Virology.uvic.ca | Scoop.it
Wikipedia is one of the Web’s most visited properties. From quantum mechanics to Laurel and Hardy, the online encyclopedia delivers good primers on just about any topic you can think... Keep reading →
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When microbes kill us, it‘s often by accident – Ed Yong – Aeon

When microbes kill us, it‘s often by accident – Ed Yong – Aeon | Viruses and Bioinformatics from Virology.uvic.ca | Scoop.it
We assume that microbes evolved to attack humans when actually we are just civilian casualties in a much older war
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"Its virulence – its ability to cause disease – is not an adaptation against its host. It is a side effect, a fluke. It kills through coincidence."

 

Thank you for that!!!!!

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A Broadly Implementable Research Course in Phage Discovery and Genomics for First-Year Undergraduate Students

A Broadly Implementable Research Course in Phage Discovery and Genomics for First-Year Undergraduate Students | Viruses and Bioinformatics from Virology.uvic.ca | Scoop.it
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The Great Beyond: Biology teachers often dismiss evolution

The Great Beyond: Biology teachers often dismiss evolution | Viruses and Bioinformatics from Virology.uvic.ca | Scoop.it

That article has a nice quote: “It’s like a math teacher not believing in algebra" http://bit.ly/dI06uy #evolution #biology #education


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