It’s An Exciting Time to Be a Microbiologist

Credit: Todd Parker, Ph.D., Assoc Director for Laboratory Science, Div of Preparedness and Emerging Infections at CDC

The team at Nature Microbiology takes stock of the past year, highlighting coverage of vector biology research such as the global distribution of dengue and spread of the arbovirus vectors Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus.

Other topics of note include to the biodefense community include an in-depth look at poxvirus structure with super-resolution microscopy, which showed that fusion machinery accumulates at virion tips, which is essential for effective infection.

Of relevance due to the potential for spillover into humans was the identification of the Mengla filovirus in Chinese bats, and two studies highlight the relevance of interactions between influenza and respiratory bacteria for bacterial adherence and responses to influenza vaccines.

Read the full story: Our year in reviewNat Microbiol (2019) doi:10.1038/s41564-019-0636-x

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