Yup, oysters get herpes too. You’d think if you were a happy bivalve floating along with the ocean tide you’d be able to avoid certain things, like the flu or herpes. But it seems nothing can avoid the good ol’ herp. You can’t catch oyster herpes from eating oysters. Although oysters may be considered an […]
Last week I told you about how the man known as the father of vaccination, Dr. Edward Jenner, developed the first widely used smallpox vaccine. In addition to being fond of milkmaids and developing vaccines, Dr. Jenner was a surgeon, studied heart problems and natural history (the study of organisms in their own environment). Was […]
OK, if you have flu right now, you probably don’t want to read this post. In fact, you should go to bed and sleep. But since the flu season is winding down, I thought it might be safe to talk about why I think flu is cool. No, I don’t think having flu is cool. […]
Just like humans get smallpox (or at least they did until the disease was eradicated), cows can get a disease called cowpox. Both are caused by related viruses. Humans can catch cowpox which results in red blisters all over the areas that touched the infected cows. The disease is very similar to smallpox, but it […]
Being the herpes fan that I am, I am excited to write another post about these interesting viruses. A common childhood rash. I bet you didn’t know that herpesviruses are the cause of one of the most common childhood rashes: roseola. I didn’t know this until I started studying viruses. But I did remember that […]
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