Zika virus: will it spread to Europe and Germany soon?
DZIF Prof Jan Felix Drexler, University of Bonn, evaluates the situation and calls for more research and less fear-mongering.
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It is the 21st century and infections are still a major challenge for medicine. What is our recourse as germs become increasingly resistant to antibiotics? What can we do to prevent the spread of a pathogen? The researchers at the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) are tackling these and many other issues.
New antibiotic resistance gene has also been found in Germany
Researchers discovered a gene in a human isolate, that makes bacteria resistant against last-resort antibiotics. Especially worrying is that the gene is transferable between different bacterial strains.
Research career between Munich and Africa
Michael Hölscher has had an interest in Africa from the start, and it has never left him: his career path started in Tanzania over 20 years ago. The research fields HIV and tuberculosis have been on his agenda ever since, and he co-coordinates them both at the DZIF. We spoke to him about his work and his life.
How does healthy gut flora get into a capsule?
DZIF scientists at the University Hospital Cologne produce frozen gut flora preparations in capsules. The production protocol is freely accessible for interested colleagues.
29 January 2016 - PRESS RELEASE
The Zika virus, which is transmitted by the mosquito species Aedes aegypti, is currently spreading rapidly in South America, particularly in Brazil. The virus may damage unborn foetuses during pregnancy and cause brain malformations. Up to now, there has been no vaccine available; programs to destroy the mosquitos have been initiated. Could the virus soon spread to Europe and how high is the risk of infection at the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro? An expert from the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF), Prof Jan Felix Drexler, University of Bonn, evaluates the situation and calls for more research and less fear-mongering. [ more ]
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