First case of Female to Male transmission of Zika

The CDC released a statement from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the first reported case of female to male transmission of Zika virus. The case was picked up by the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). A non-pregnant female engaged in condom-less vaginal intercourse shortly after...

Meningitis…and Lasers?

Bacterial meningitis can be a life-threatening infection especially in children where it is most common. While not as prevalent as its viral counterpart, it is still a significant source of morbidity and mortality worldwide. There are a number of organisms that can cause meningitis, and they vary depending on age ....

Mice Give Birth With 3D Printed Ovaries

Science fiction meets biology meets medicine. Researchers at Northwestern University presented findings in April 2016 at the Annual Endocrine Society Meeting where they created a prosthetic ovary using a 3D printer and implanted it into mice. The hope of this seemingly Frankenstein-esque procedure is to be able to provide fertility...

Darwinolide: The new miracle antibiotic?

A group of researchers in Alabama and Florida have discovered a compound, isolated from the Antarctic Dendroceratid sponge (Dendrilla membranosa if you must know) which they believe could be the next miracle antibiotic. In modern medicine, too often we come across drug resistant bacteria. This phenomenon arises due to a...

New Gene-Editing Tool Greenlit for Cancer Trial in Humans

CRISPR (pronounced “Crisper”) is more than just a better way to prepare your bacon. In the genetics world, CRISPR stands for Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats. CRISPRs are found in prokaryotes as part of their immune system. They function by cutting exogenous (foreign) strands of DNA. But what we really care about...