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How Two Microbes Changed History

How Two Microbes Changed History

What if I told you that, more than two billion years ago, some tiny living thing started to live inside another living thing … and never left? And now, the descendants of both of those things are in you? Well, brace yourselves, because I gotta tell you about one of the biggest breakthroughs in the …

What Is It Actually Like To Have COVID-19?

What Is It Actually Like To Have COVID-19?

These last few months it’s been impossible to escape news and updates about COVID-19, also known as the Novel Coronavirus. While it’s incredibly important to stay informed, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands, there’s also been plenty of fear mongering, exaggeration, misinformation, and sensationalism around the disease. Today, we’re going to discuss what it’s …

How Are Vaccines Actually Made

How Are Vaccines Actually Made

If you had been born in the U.S. in the year nineteen-hundred, when the three leading causes of death were all infectious diseases – pneumonia and flu, tuberculosis and gastrointestinal infections – your life expectancy would have been just over forty-seven years. In the year twenty-ten, the leading causes of death were chronic diseases like …

United States Plan for a Pandemic

United States Plan for a Pandemic

It all starts with a virus, deep within someone’s body, and a stray genetic mutation. The virus is a member of the Human Parainfluenza family, and initially is nothing more than a run of the mill- if more severe- flu-like illness. However as the virus replicates inside its host, a stray genetic mutation breeds a …

Most Effective Way To Kill A Virus

Most Effective Way To Kill A Virus

You wake up in the morning and instantly you know something’s wrong. You’re feverish, you ache all over, and you’re afraid you’re going to be sick to your stomach. You hope you’re not coming down with something! After a few more gruelling days of fighting it, you finally admit that it’s time to see the …

The History of Pandemics | Encyclopaedia Britannica

The History of Pandemics | Encyclopaedia Britannica

The most recent example of a pandemic is the spread of COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus. However, diseases have spread among human populations throughout history. One of the earliest known examples was the spread of an infectious disease through Ethiopia, Egypt, and Libya. Eventually the disease reached the Mediterranean region and the city of Athens, …

This Is How Your Body Builds Immunity

This Is How Your Body Builds Immunity

Vaccines are possibly the greatest thing that humans ever created. Not just in the realm of medicine, but like all of human creation. Space travel is awesome. Agricultural revolution? For the most part, pretty sweet. The entirety of YouTube? Up there, but maybe not as lifesaving as vaccination. Vaccinations has its roots in variolation, a …

3 Ridiculous Ways Plants Get Sick

3 Ridiculous Ways Plants Get Sick

[♪ INTRO] When you’re sick, you might sneeze or cough or get a runny nose. All things that help the disease spread. Plants get diseases too, caused by all types of infectious agents: bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites. But sick plants don’t get runny noses. Since plants don’t walk around sharing doorknobs, the things that infect …