The Turbid Plaque

Life is complicated

It's Thursday, so it's time once again to look back over the news that caught my eye during the past week and say "wow, humanity is so screwed."

China is grappling with an epidemic of African swine fever, and the virus is winning. ASF spreads easily, kills pigs fast, and there's no treatment or...

Malarial fevers, herpes viruses, and The Filtrate: they all just keep coming back.

It's often said that politicians and diapers should both be changed regularly, and for the same reasons. According to the folks who run the NIH, the same applies to lab and branch chiefs at the institution, which is...

It's time once again for a weekly aliquot of The Filtrate. Like a real vacuum filtration apparatus, we keep working when everything else sucks.

For years, researchers have been warning that some of the compounds used in food processing might not be good for us. The data have now persuaded the Amer...

Welcome to the second issue of The Filtrate, motto: "All the news that fits through a 0.2µm RSS feed."

This paper describes a new animal model for studying one of the most annoying aspects of dengue fever virus: post-vaccination infection enhancement, in which prior immunity to one strain of the...

"Gee, I should blog about that," says Alan a few times a day. Then the link goes into an immense pile of similar bookmarks, never to be seen on these pages. Let's try something different: a list of papers I've found interesting in the past week, with brief comments about each.

What if we could use...