Editor’s Selections: Programmed cell death in unicellular parasites, a novel gene transfer agent from Baronella, and full-contact herpes gladiatorumFebruary 10th, 2012 Editor's Selections 34 Comments
Vincent Racaniello selects several notable posts each week from molecular and cellular biology and virology. He unravels viruses at virology blog.
- Programmed cell death, or apoptosis, is a justified procedure in multicellular organisms. But in unicellular forms of life it is an evolutionary dilemma.
- Bartonella are vector borne, facultative intracellular bacteria that infect erythrocytes and endothelial cells in various mammalian species. A new gene transfer agent that preferentially packages host adaptability genes has been discovered in this species.
- Skin infections are the most common injury associated with all sports. Herpes gladiatorum is an infection of an athlete with herpes simplex virus type 1, commonly transmitted by micro-abrasions and skin breaks stemming from turf burns and body contact.
I’ll be back next Friday with more selections.