Your monthly roundup of infestations, contagions, and controls from around the web.
In disease news
The Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine went to researchers who discovered treatments for tropical diseases.
Researchers from the U.S. picked up a tropical disease during a research trip in Honduras, after getting bitten by sand flies.
An Oregon teen was diagnosed with plague. Although plague is rare in the U.S., we’ve seen a jump in cases this year.
These owls aren’t going to give you plague.
In vaccine news
The World Health Organization recommended a new malaria vaccine for small pilot trials. But other recent research suggests that a mismatch between the targeted malaria proteins may decrease the vaccine’s effectiveness.
A clinical trial will test a new AIDS vaccine candidate.
An anti-vax group apparently funded a study that showed the opposite of what they were hoping: there is no link between vaccines and autism.
In agriculture news
California has new—and strict—laws to curb antibiotic use on farms.
Which produces higher yields: Organic or conventional farming? Well, it’s complicated.
Researchers in Korea have figured out a way to use CRISPR to engineer plants yet potentially bypass safety rules.
In creepy crawly news
New research suggests that Lone Star ticks may be spreading an illness that was previously mistaken for the deadly Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
And just in time for Halloween, here are some parasites that are after YOUR BRAAAAAAAINS.