(This article by Milt Hinsch, MS, MBAC, was originally posted here and is reposted with his permission.) Imagine a submicroscopic packet of proteins arranged symmetrically to enclose an inner genome — and you have a virus. Viruses are so miniscule in size that most require electron microscopy to see them clearly, and more than 3,000…

If the world’s food safety scientists act now, they have the opportunity to create a global network of microbial data that will dramatically improve the ability to track and combat disease outbreaks of all sorts, including foodborne illness outbreaks, significantly tackling the spread of disease worldwide. That was the argument put forward at the International…