How Greyscale In Game Of Thrones Compares To The Real Story Of Leprosy

To fans of Game of Thrones, Greyscale and its disruptive terror might be a reminder of the Black Death or those mysterious poxes and fluxes that chroniclers wrote about in the era before modern medicine. But Greyscale’s allure for contemporary audiences can actually be traced back to a biblical mistranslation of… » 6/16/15 3:00pm 6/16/15 3:00pm

Scientists Say The Time's Not Right To Eliminate The Smallpox Virus

There's a conference coming up in which a decision is to be made on whether the last known remaining live strains of the smallpox virus should be destroyed. In anticipation of this, an international group of scientists are saying no, arguing that crucial scientific questions about the virus remain unanswered. » 5/02/14 9:20am 5/02/14 9:20am

Concept designs of battle-ready pathogens and blood cells would make for a fantastic video game

Sadly, Blood 48:14 isn't a real video game. When illustrator and video game artist Nicholas Beales needed to come up with a game design idea for his school's final year project, he turned to the human body for inspiration. He imagined a real-time strategy game in which the player controls microscopic pathogens as they… » 1/13/13 3:00pm 1/13/13 3:00pm

Chlamydia infects your cells with a Trojan Horse

Chlamydia trachomatis is a frighteningly accomplished human pathogen. It's the most frequently reported bacterial STD in the United States, the number one cause of acquired blindness in developing countries, and the leading cause of infertility in the Western world. And yet, many of the molecular mechanisms by which… » 10/07/11 9:30am 10/07/11 9:30am

The Terrible Beauty Of Alison Hiltner's Viruses

You're looking a deadly virus right in the face, but it's not a new work of microscopy or nano-imaging. Instead, it's a giant model made by Minnesota artist Aliston Hiltner. To confront us with the strange beauty of pathogens in her latest show, "Pathology," she used 6,000 balloons. Her work also includes weirdly… » 4/15/08 4:00pm 4/15/08 4:00pm