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Marnie Willman

Virology

University of Manitoba Bannatyne and National Microbiology Laboratory

Marnie has authored 3 articles

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

Marnie Willman

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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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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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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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40% of food in America ends up in the trash. Is nanopackaging the answer?

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Consumer habits aren't enough to curb the impacts of food waste — packaging companies have the opportunity to make a big difference

Emerson Grey

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Technology has made it easier to fake scientific results. Is a cultural shift required to fix the problem?

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Paper retractions and image duplications are a symptom of a much larger problem

Bhavya Singh

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Robotic skins might enable the next generation of space exploration

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Light and adaptable robotic skins can turn inanimate objects into multifunctional robots

Shi En Kim

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Lead poisoning hits low-income children harder than their affluent neighbors

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Children living in poverty suffer greater cognitive and physical effects from lead exposure than children from richer families, even if they live in the same area

Claudia Lopez-Lloreda

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Connecting brains to machines may let bacteria come along for the ride

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Brain-machine interfaces like Elon Musk's Neuralink have come a long way, but biological limitations remain

Amy Nippert

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Miniature brains the size of a pea are sending out brainwaves for the first time

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Are they fetal brains in a jar? No. Should we still be excited and slightly concerned? Yes.

Thiago Arzua

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Scientists are growing mini-intestines that stretch and bulge just like the real thing

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This could lead to developments in personalized medicine and treatment of chronic intestinal diseases

Juliann Tefft

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Huge genetic databases are hurting marginalized people's health

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White people could be offered genetic tests for certain health conditions, while other people could be offered incorrect or no testing at all

Rebecca Muir

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Can AI help diagnose depression? It's a long shot

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At the moment, machine intelligence is just as subjective as human intelligence

Alejandra Canales

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Pheromones and social lives are becoming a liability for insects in changing climates

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Animals that live in cooperative societies share traits that may make them vulnerable to change, and humans may struggle in their absence

Madison Sankovitz

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Science has a garbage problem. Why aren't recycling schemes more popular?

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Research institutions need to reflect on their attitudes toward plastic waste and make sustainability a priority in laboratories

Simone Eizagirre

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Probiotics, not antibiotics, might be the future of livestock farming

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Probiotics are an attractive alternative to longstanding farming practice, and could help us build a better food system

Alice Theibault

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The gut microbiome can hit fast forward on Alzheimer's disease progression

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Male — but not female — mice had reduced amyloid beta plaques in the brain after antibiotic treatment

Jenna Sternberg

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Ancient dog bones tell us what was on the menu for both dogs and humans

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What dogs ate can reveal clues about 12,000 year old lifestyles

Jaime Chambers

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Low-tech scientists are using their eyes, ears, and intuition to make important discoveries

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A fancy new satellite? A particle accelerator? Not required

Hannah Thomasy

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Wildfires in Canada are burning down forests of mushrooms

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Fungal communities are negatively affected by the frequent, intense forest fires that climate change has brought us

Olivia Box

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Alternative medicine could treat our maladies, but we have to study it

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It is sorely lacking in rigorous scientific research

Song-My Hoang

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Organic food is booming, but it's grinding field laborers into the dirt

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The well-being of organic farmworkers is falling to the wayside as we rapidly increase our consumption of these premium products

Nicholas Karavolias

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