I wanted to wish you a happy holidays. I also was hoping to submit another science pick of the week for your show.
Here's something to keep in mind the next time you reach for a paper towel in a public washroom.
A study by Laval University in Quebec City finds bacteria thrives on the paper products, even unused towels.
And, it says some of those germs could be transferred to you after you've washed you... Read More
Science and news cycles sometimes converge in unhandy ways. That was the case on on January 1, when word came out of Shenzen, a Chinese city bordering Hong Kong, that a 39-year-old bus driver, surnamed Chen, had died of the H5N1 (or bird flu) virus. The deeply personal tragedy for Chen and his f... Read More
A man who had been diagnosed with China's first case of bird flu in more than a year has died in the southern city of Shenzhen, health officials say. The 39-year-old bus driver was admitted to hospital with pneumonia but tested positive for the bird flu virus.
The H5N1 bird flu strain has a h... Read More
Vietnam says an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease has infected more than 110,000 people this year and killed 166, most of them children under 5 years old.
A Health Ministry official said Friday that the infection rate was slowing from a September peak of 3,000 per week to about 1,500 p... Read More
A close-up of the surface of a streak plate using a mixed culture of Serratia marcescens and Micrococcus lutea as the inoculum. Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More
bc5 - A close-up view of a pour plate using Serratia marcescens as the inoculum. A variety of colonial shapes can be seen. Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More
Bacteria are able to build camouflaged homes for themselves inside healthy cells—and cause disease—by manipulating a natural cellular process, new research shows.
Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study reveals how a pair of proteins from the bacteria Legionell... Read More
Regular use of fluoride-containing toothpaste and mouthwash has long been known to strengthen the enamel on teeth. But new research by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) scientists finds that fluoride also has dramatic effects on bacteria inside the mouth -- including those that form plaque ... Read More
The number of reported cases of a novel swine influenza virus has risen to 12 since July, encompassing 5 states, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The virus includes a gene from the human pandemic strain and affects mostly children.
The agency is taking the... Read More