How serology works

Serology tests commonly used in clinical microbiology and public health laboratories. Cartoon diagrams of complex serology tests included.

Ring cycle expounded

The challenge of the newest human malaria parasite. Recognition of ring forms and other stages will help differentiate from other Plasmodia.

The Cyclospora in your lunch box

The recent outbreak of cyclospora infection in the USA provides insight into how to respond quickly to a complex, multi-state public health challenge.

What is botulism?

Notes on botulism for those concerned by recent alert status of infant milk formula from New Zealand: the how, why, where and what of botulism.

The first whiff of infection

Recent animal experiments confirm that bacterial pneumonia can be detected by volatile bacterial metabolic products in exhaled breath, opening up a new approach to early detection of pneumonia.