Contagions Round-up 23: the Microbes of May

Here are some of the microbiology and history of medicine posts that caught my attention in May:

Lindsey Fitzharris of The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice brings smallpox into her dissecting room, and a peek into the history of dentistry.

Marri Lynn of Wonders & Marvels brings us the story of Arnau of Vilanova’s uroscopy advice for dealing with sneaky patients. Lisa Smith of Wonders & Marvels writes about “puppy water” and other uses of dogs in medicine.

Ian York of Mystery Rays from Outer Space brings us a sketch from about horse plague of 1872.  An older post I just noticed highlights the unlucky scientist who recently died of a strain of Yersinia pestis that he may have been uniquely vulnerable to due to his own genetic mutation.

Marvin Friedman of Small Things Considered writes about the antiquity of the bacterial resistome in Lechuguilla Cave in New Mexico’s Carlsbad National Park. Merry of Small Things Considered writes about how plasmids  avoid the bacterial restriction-modification system.

Michael Walsh of Infection Landscapes wrote about lymphatic filariasis, better known by its severe form elephantiasis, this month.

Vincent Racaniello of the Virology Blog mops up  some loose ends on the XMRV virus.

Spirochetes Unwound brings us a report on the Lyme disease spirochete’s use of a tick protein to evade complement in the human host.

Connar Bamford of the Rule of 6ix has been busy. He has posts on bat viruses, the MMR vaccine, the Black Death genome, and on the origin of Schmallenburg virus.

Maryn McKenna of Superbug has been even busier with posts on drug-resistant Gonorrhea, campaigns against antibiotic misuse, on being driven to use rare (and less effective) antibiotics by resistance to more effective antibiotics, updates on the CIA’s fake polio campaign in Pakistan, and Chagas disease.

SE Gould, the Lab Rat, has posts on ancient human pathogens evolving with our hominid ancestors and early evidence of leprosy.

And last, I wrote about leptin’s role in the immune system, and a review of Paul Slack’s Plague: A Very Short Introduction.

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