Subscribe to the OSS Weekly Newsletter!

infection

Will The Virus Have The Last Word?

29 May 2020

“Gentlemen, it is the microbes who will have the last word.” Those words spoken by Louis Pasteur a century and a half ago are unnervingly meaningful today as we confront the SARS-CoV-2 virus that...

How Antivirals Create Paper Jams That Stop Viruses in Their Tracks

15 May 2020

Here’s a counterintuitive fact: an antiviral drug does not kill a virus. The real virus killers are the virucides, like alcohol and bleach, that tear the virus apart. It’s all in the name, with “...

From Crisis to Cure: How Antiretroviral Therapy Changed How We Look, Talk, and Think About HIV

13 May 2020

Someone recently asked me if there was a cure for HIV. My initial answer was no. HIV infection doesn’t go away and people infected with HIV have to take antiviral medications for the rest of their...

(April 23, 2020) COVID-19 and More: Conversations with the McGill OSS

23 Apr 2020

Video of (April 23, 2020) COVID-19 and More: Conversations with the McGill Office for Science and Society

Nothing About COVID-19 is Simple 

22 Apr 2020

Whatever the end result may be, the attack starts with the virus invading cells in the lining of the nose and throat. Here the virus can latch on to a protein known as “angiotensin converting...

How Long Can a Virus “Live” Outside the Body?

8 Apr 2020

One of the frequently asked questions about the SARS-CoV-2 virus is how long the virus can live outside the body. “Live” is not exactly the appropriate term, as viruses are not really "alive"...

Listerine is a Mouthwash, Not An Antiviral Drug

2 Apr 2020

Can gargling with Listerine be of any help in reducing the risk of coronavirus infection? That is one of the numerous questions that has been raised by the increasing army of straw-clutchers. After...

Pages

Back to top