Pathogens are infectious agents, such as a bacterium, virus, fungus or parasite, that cause disease when they colonize a host organism.

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  • News |

    This Genome Watch highlights how metagenomics can fill the knowledge gap of the wild avian gut microbiome and enable the early detection of antibiotic-resistant bacteria with implications for public health policy and conservation management.

    • Physilia Ying Shi Chua
    •  & Jacob Agerbo Rasmussen
  • News & Views |

    Simultaneous evolution of vaccine-induced immune escape and virulence leads to different evolutionary end points, depending on the type of vaccine-induced protection.

    • Veronika Bernhauerová
  • Editorial |

    The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of methodological advancements in basic biological research. We believe that method development will continue to propel both fundamental and applied studies on SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens.

    Nature Methods 19, 371-372
  • Comments & Opinion |

    This Comment discusses the main animal models that have had a key role in our understanding of the immune and viral dynamics of SARS-CoV-2.

    • Hin Chu
    • , Jasper Fuk-Woo Chan
    •  & Kwok-Yung Yuen
    Nature Methods 19, 392-394
  • News & Views |

    “Everything is everywhere, but, the environment selects” — a hypothesis formulated by Lourens Baas Becking in 1934 — is used to frame research that analyses the sharing of Escherichia coli strains across humans, livestock and wildlife animals.

    • Willem van Schaik
    Nature Microbiology 7, 482-483
  • Comments & Opinion |

    Despite evidence of sex-specific pathogenesis, few studies of infectious diseases report or analyse sex or gender, unless it is the primary focus. Using HIV as an example, it is argued here that this leaves potentially informative data unexplored and that integrating sex and gender in analyses may accelerate research in microbial pathogenesis.

    • Eileen P. Scully
    Nature Microbiology 7, 359-360