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Blame It On Jenner

Edward Jenner vaccinated his own children [except with cowpox, not smallpox] to test what centuries of peasants and village folk already knew—that inoculations saved lives.  Many people in rural areas of Greece, Arabia, North Africa, Persia, India, and China used smallpox scabs and pustules to inoculate themselves and their families.

Occasionally the procedure would backfire, and patients would get really sick, and some would die.  Jenner’s discovery of milkmaid’s immunity to smallpox [via exposure to cowpox], brought to his attention by another milkmaid, led him to the use of cowpox for a safer inoculation technique. Dr. Jenner wasn't the first to 1774 Benjamin…

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 Blame It On Jenner

Edward Jenner vaccinated his own children [except with cowpox, not smallpox] to test what centuries of peasants and village folk already knew—that inoculations saved lives.

Infection Control Today

Infection Control Today is the leading information source for infection preventionists and their colleagues in operating rooms, sterile processing, environmental services and materials management. Infection Control Today has been serving hospitals and their critical information needs in the area of infection prevention since 1997.

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The Febrile Muse

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All the Virology on the WWW

This is a collection of the web sites of scientific societies of interest to virologists. These pages often contain information on the society, its interests and goals, staff, and membership as well as pointers to other sites of microbial interest. These sites are listed alphabetically by the type of group.


The podcast for microbe lovers, dedicated to promoting the exploration of the mostly-invisible world that is all around us.

Cochrane Infectious Diseases

Since 1994, the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group (CIDG) has been preparing systematic reviews on the benefits and harms of healthcare interventions for infectious diseases, particularly malaria, tuberculosis, diarrhoea, and tropical diseases.

Tracking Infectious Diseases since 2006.


The IDCareLive produces online events that include all of the features of a live medical conference, including live streaming video lectures, panel discussions and case presentations as well as interactive activities such as real-time question and answer sessions with top faculty and other participants.

Meet the Microbiologist

Meet the Microbiologist is a podcast hosted by Julie Wolf, Ph.D., that showcases the people behind the scientific discoveries. Each guest introduces their research in one of the cutting-edge areas of the microbial sciences: genomics, antibiotic resistance, synthetic biology, emerging infectious diseases, microbial ecology, public health, probiotics, and more!

Microbe World

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Discussions with researchers in the field of infectious diseases. microTalk is hosted by Karl Klose and colleagues from the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (STCEID).


Protect Yourself With Rid's 15 Steps for Patients and 10 Steps for Students. When RID began in 2004, hospital infection rates were kept secret and government agencies did far too little to address the problem. Since then, twenty-six states and The District of Columbia have enacted laws requiring hospitals to disclose their infection rates to the public.

The Microbiology Network

The Microbiology Network serves as a communication resource for the microbiology and biotechnology communities serving pharmaceutical, medical device and personal products industries.

This Week in Virology

This Week in Virology (TWiV) was started in September 2008 by Vincent Racaniello and Dick Despommier, two science Professors at Columbia University Medical Center. Their goal was to have an informal yet informative conversation about viruses which would be accessible to everyone, no matter what their science background. We wanted to eventually bring other virologists into the conversation, to make it more varied and interesting.

Virology Down Under

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Infectious Disease Information Center.

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