Across the globe there are huge disparities in access to basic services such as healthcare, education, and economic resources, with the UN estimating over 98 million people live on less than $1.90 a day. It is vital for microbial research to identify those areas which actively maintain cycles of poverty and disparity. In recognising the interconnected nature of human financial systems and environmental health, microbial research can be a leader in working toward Economic Equality.
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A new study shows that the urethra of healthy men is teeming with microbial life and that a specific activity - vaginal sex - can shape its composition
Scientists monitoring Shigella in France have detected the emergence of extensively drug-resistant (XDR) strains of Shigella sonnei. Bacterial genome sequencing and case characteristics suggest that these strains, which originated in South Asia, mainly spread among men who have sex with men.
A study of US national surveillance data has found that cases of Candida auris, a highly contagious fungal infection, rose drastically between 2019 and 2021, reflecting increased transmission.
Researchers have created the first high-resolution map of the human immune response to Plasmodium falciparum, offering insight into what makes this parasite such a persistent pathogen.