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Marnie Willman

Virology

University of Manitoba Bannatyne and National Microbiology Laboratory

Marnie has authored 6 articles

Researchers create an effective RNA vaccine for malaria

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Tech similar to COVID-19 mRNA vaccines might prevent one of the world's deadliest diseases

Marnie Willman

The sugar in semen makes HIV drugs less effective

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High levels of the sugar can obstruct antivirals from linking with viruses

Marnie Willman

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We could soon be harvesting anti-viral antibodies from tobacco plants

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"Plantibodies" represent a new avenue for treatments against fast moving viruses like influenza or coronavirus

Marnie Willman

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Bats' unique immune systems make them stealthy viral reservoirs

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These ecologically important animals have been at the center of many major viral outbreaks, and we are beginning to understand why

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Viruses can infect the brain, hide out for decades, and then cause Viral Parkinsonism

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How do you study a disease that takes decades to reveal itself? In this case, scientists used mice, viruses, and a little immunotherapy

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Pregnant women must get their flu shots to help avoid future influenza epidemics

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The flu virus treats the altered immune systems of pregnant individuals as its training ground to get stronger, making vaccination an imperative

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Hepatitis C virus tracking could be made easier by next generation sequencing

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The information from sequencing would help epidemiologists trace the disease

New research on Nipah virus finds the virus spreads rapidly as patients approach death

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This science must be balanced with the rights of sick people and their loved ones

Wolbachia bacteria stop mosquitos from spreading viruses

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You may have never heard of Wolbachia, but these bacteria could save us from dengue and malaria

Eating more fiber feeds whipworm parasites in our guts

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New research shows that interactions between diet and parasites might make people with whipworm infection sicker

Researchers develop a better test for the parasite that causes river blindness

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The WHO estimates that 205 million people in African countries are at risk of infection

Cytokines prevent the whooping cough bacteria from invading the rest of the body (in mice)

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Researchers hope that this finding will eventually lead to new treatment for the disease in infants

West Nile Virus-carrying mosquitos managed to survive a German winter

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Europe is usually too cold for tropical diseases to persist for long, but climate change helped it overwinter

Parasitic wasps murder insects with a smallpox-like virus

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...and other words everyone is happy to hear

Can hormone levels signal for autism in girls?

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New study moves against the current of gender bias in autism research

Children that go to school near major roadways experience more severe asthma

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New research reiterates that air pollution is a public health risk, and that children in cities are particularly at risk

CRISPR technology for human gene editing is promising, but serious scientific and ethical concerns remain

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Multiple sectors of society must be involved in the regulation and applications of CRISPR to medicine

The rise of a mysterious lung illness begins to expose the dangers of vaping

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control have reported at least 450 cases in 33 U.S. states, as policy makers call for action

A good defense is the best offense in medicine

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It may be perceived as "boring" or "routine," but preventative medicine should be a priority in today's health care system

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Changing your microbiome could be as easy as taking a walk in the park

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Bacteria from soil, plants, and air transfer to your body when you go outside, potentially bringing health benefits

Sophia Friesen

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Can the criminal justice system's artificial intelligence ever be truly fair?

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Computer programs used in 46 states incorrectly label Black defendants as “high-risk” at twice the rate as white defendants

Natalia Mesa

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Scientists have figured out what a nasty gut bacterium eats. Can live biotherapeutics help?

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They're the next big thing for treating C. diff infection, but developing them is a long process

Madeline Barron

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Weeding out non-native strawberry guava keeps a flying fox, and the crops it feeds on, out of harm's way

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Fruit bats help the tress by dispersing seeds, and the trees help the bats by feeding them. Why not help the bats by helping the trees?

Eva Colberg

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Retracting publications doesn't stop them from influencing science

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"Zombie papers" keep on getting cited, with huge ripple effects

Fanni Daniella Szakal

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COVID-19 is setting back the lives and careers of young scientists

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How two graduate students are navigating science and graduation through a pandemic

Francesco Zangari

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DNA from a mummified bishop's lungs shows tuberculosis infected humans only recently

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New research resolves a scientific debate about when tuberculosis became established in humans

Amanda Rossillo

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Brain banks are key to understanding COVID's mysterious symptoms, but only if people are willing to donate

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Some COVID-19 patients experience dizziness, loss of smell and even seizures, but we need brain donations from patients and healthy controls to understand why.

Kathryn Vaillancourt

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Scientists find a shortcut to make a rare — and possibly healthier — sugar

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Their one-pot recipe makes a reportedly healthier alternative sweetener

Josseline Ramos-Figueroa

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New wireless monitors let premature babies have skin-to-skin contact even in the NICU

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Premature and ill babies thrive with direct contact, but wires from traditional sensors get in the way

Akshata R. Naik

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Fungi learn how to cope with drought, but at a cost

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Understanding what climate change will do to belowground ecosystems helps us predict what will happen aboveground, too

Matthew Vandermeulen

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Meet Hertha Ayrton, the mathematician who cleared WW1 trenches of poisonous gas

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Ayrton was the first woman to recieve the Hughes Medal for outstanding research in the field of energy, but still the Royal Society refused her membership

Joan Meiners

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Rare spindle-shaped neurons from deep inside the brain recorded for the first time

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Losing the mysterious cells may lead to Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, or other neurological disorders

Burcin Ikiz

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Every flood drives destructive Asian carp further into North American waters

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Carp can starve out native fish by eating all their food supplies and taking over breeding grounds

Olivia Box

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EEG research is racially biased, so undergrad scientists designed new electrodes to fix it

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'Sevo' electrodes are designed with coarse, curly hair in mind

Danielle Nadin

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All conferences should be virtual in a post-coronavirus world

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For accessibility, financial, and environmental reasons, it just makes sense

Adam Fortais

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Scientists have revised the recipe for the first gene and the origin of life

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New research finds that arabinonucleic acids accelerate RNA formation, making the RNA world hypothesis more plausible

Lauren Gandy

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Our concept of life is too Earth-centric — alien life might look totally different

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There are over 100 scientific definitions of "life," and none might be accurate outside Earth

Alison Koontz

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Climate change in the Arctic has ripple effects for all life on Earth

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The poles are warming faster than the rest of the planet, causing extreme weather events in the Northern hemisphere

Rebecca Dzombak

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