Vincent Racaniello selects several notable posts each week from molecular and cellular biology and virology. He blogs at virology blog.
- Coronary artery diseases are a result of formation of plaque in our arteries that block blood transport. To understand this requires knowledge of how cells in the blood influence its flow.
- Is insanity due to a microbe? Toxoplasma gondii, which makes rodents become sexually attracted to cats, has been implicated in schizophrenia.
- Lyme arthritis results when Borrelia burgdorferi introduced by a tick ends up in the joints. Arthritis can persist even after the bacteria are cleared, a consequence of autoimmune attack associated with variants of genes encoding the MHC type II complex.
I’ll be back next Friday with more selections.