100 Years Later: Vampires vs. The Spanish Flu

It’s officially the spookiest time of the year, so Happy Halloween everyone! This means there is no better time to serve you a pumpkin pie made of equal parts science, history and terrifying legend! So wait up until midnight, light some candles, and make sure “Thriller” by Michael Jackson is playing somewhere in the background…... Continue Reading →

Conspiracy Theories vs Virus-Fighting Bacteria

For the first time ever, an entire city has been protected from Dengue Fever. The Australian city of Townsville has been dengue-free since 2014, and it’s all thanks to bacteria! I know what you’re thinking: “Aren’t bacteria the bad guys?” I used to think bacteria were only good for one thing, causing disease, but it... Continue Reading →

A Cure for the Common Cold?

I didn’t have a birthday party with my friends until I was 15. Every year, without fail, I would get a bad cold the day before my birthday (queue the violins and single teardrop). My mom used to yell:       “Make sure you’re wrapped up warm or you’ll catch a cold!” This is a popular... Continue Reading →

My Research: Respiratory Syncytial Virus

"So what do you do?"  “Have you heard of Respiratory Syncytial Virus?” “No, never” “What about Influenza” “Oh yeah of course” “Well its kind of like that…” (The beginning of every conversation about my research) So far, my posts have been focused on various aspects of PhD life. However I realised that I haven't written... Continue Reading →

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