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Eliminating HIV in Black Communities

Kathryn Macapagal, Darnell Motley Scientific American
Trump’s plan to end new HIV/AIDS diagnoses by 2030 misses a key element: prevention

How Measles Hacks the Body—and Harms its Victims for Years

Megan Molteni Wired
If only there were some way to safely traverse life without fear of walking into one of those hyper-virulent nebulosities ... Oh wait. That’d be a vaccine that’s been shown to be safe and effective by health authorities.

Meet the Trillions of Viruses That Make up Your Virome

David Pride and Chandrabali Ghose The Conversation
The race is on to find those viruses in our viromes that have already figured out how to protect us from the bad guys, while leaving the good bacteria intact.

Dads Pass On More Than Genetics in Their Sperm

Katherine J. Wu Smithsonian
Seminal research reveals that sperm change their cargo as they travel the reproductive tract—and the differences can have consequences for fertility

Choosing to Study Medicine in Cuba

Anakwa Dwamena The New Yorker
The Latin American School of Medicine, or E.L.A.M., was established by the Cuban government, in 1999. All of the students are international. Many come from Asia, Africa, and the United States, coming from low-income and marginalized communities.

In Soil-dwelling Bacteria, Scientists Find a New Weapon to Fight Drug-resistant Superbugs

Melissa Healy Los Angeles Times
In a report published this week in the journal Nature Microbiology, researchers describe a never-before-seen antibiotic agent that vanquished several strains of multidrug-resistant bacteria. In rats, the agent — which the researchers dubbed malacidin — attacked and broke down the cell walls of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and cleared the animals' MRSA skin infections within a day.
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