Pathway to Polio Virulence Revealed
By Ashley P. Taylor | March 23, 2017
Using epidemiological and laboratory data, scientists have mapped out a sequence of mutations through which the attenuated oral polio vaccine reverts to a virulent virus.
Toward a Virus-Free Polio Vaccine
By Ashley P. Taylor | January 19, 2017
Researchers are developing polio vaccines based on the viral capsid alone. When produced in recombinant systems, these could eliminate the need to propagate live poliovirus for vaccine production.
Polio Reemerges in Nigeria
By Jef Akst | August 15, 2016
Prior to last week’s announcement of newly confirmed cases, the country had been polio-free for two years.
Speaking of Microbiology
By Tanya Lewis and Tracy Vence | June 21, 2016
A selection of notable quotes from the American Society for Microbiology’s annual meeting
Updating the Polio Vaccine
By Jef Akst | January 4, 2016
Researchers develop new attenuated viruses that could support the eradication effort.
As the world inches closer to polio eradication, laboratories studying the virus will have to bolster biosafety standards. Eventually, most will need to stop working with the pathogen entirely.
Polio No Longer Endemic in Nigeria
By Tracy Vence | September 29, 2015
It’s been more than a year since the country has reported a case of wild poliovirus, according to the World Health Organization.
Vaccine Virus Sticks Around
By Amanda B. Keener | August 28, 2015
One man shed poliovirus for 28 years after he was vaccinated, researchers report.
By Mary Beth Aberlin | July 1, 2015
Disease eradication in the 21st century
Driven to Extinction
By Jef Akst | July 1, 2015
The eradication of smallpox set the standard for the global elimination of a devastating infectious disease. Will the ongoing polio and guinea worm campaigns be as successful?