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Stem-cell therapy may provide new approach to fight infection

A new study shows that treatment with mesenchymal stem cells can triple survival rates in mice with sepsis, a deadly condition that can occur when an infection spreads throughout the body. The treatment reduced the damaging effects of inflammation and increased the body's ability to clear the in... Read More

Lack of sufficient iron may be a significant factor in controlling massive algae blooms

Lack of sufficient iron may be a significant factor in controlling massive blooms of Emiliania huxleyi, a globally important species of marine algae or phytoplankton, according to research led by researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton.

Emiliania huxleyi is a spec... Read More

High Resolution Melting Analysis - Beyond the SNP

Real-time qPCR using SYBR Green and melting curve analysis to verify specific product amplification has become a standard laboratory technique for rapid, high throughput gene quantification. An extension of this melting curve method – High Resolution melting analysis (HRMA)– is now doing the sa... Read More

How Silica Spin Column DNA and RNA Preps Work

We give a lot of troubleshooting help on DNA and RNA isolation on Bitesize Bio because almost everything we do in molecular biology requires DNA or RNA at the very first step. These days, most labs use commercial kits, which employ spin columns, for the isolation of nucleic acids. The spin colu... Read More

How clean are 3D movie glasses?

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Many of the top grossing movies these days are in 3D. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute wanted to know just how clean those 3D glasses might be.

"Here at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute we just tested seven pairs of 3D glasses. We sent ... Read More

Deaths in the family cause bacteria to flee

Indiana University Bloomington biologists report in an upcoming issue of Molecular Microbiology that exposure to the extracellular DNA (eDNA) released by dying neighbors stops the sticky holdfasts of living Caulobacter from adhering to surfaces, preventing cells from joining bacterial biofilms. ... Read More

Listening to Bacteria - Bonnie Bassler

As Princeton microbiologist Bonnie Bassler assumes the presidency of the American Society of Microbiology, Natalie Angier of Smithsonian Magazine has written up a lengthy biographical piece on Bassler's career as a scientist and her focus on bacterial communication.

Here's a snippet from the ... Read More

Missouri VA hospital may have infected 1,800 veterans with HIV, hepatitis

A Missouri VA hospital is under fire because it may have exposed more than 1,800 veterans to life-threatening diseases such as hepatitis and HIV.

John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis has recently mailed letters to 1,812 veterans telling them they could contract hepatitis B, hepatitis C... Read More

Microbiologist Ron Atlas on Bioremediation in the Gulf at #TEDxOilSpill

Dr. Ron Atlas, a microbiologist at the University of Louisville and past president of the American Society for Microbiology, shares his experience with the Exxon Valdez clean up at the recent TEDx Oil Spill conference in Washington, D.C. Dr. Atlas' presentation starts at 22 min in. (Use the vide... Read More

Triclosan: What Consumers Should Know

What is triclosan?

Triclosan is an ingredient added to many consumer products to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. It may be found in products such as clothing, kitchenware, furniture, and toys. It also may be added to antibacterial soaps and body washes, toothpastes, and some cosmet... Read More

Riling up the immune system: P. aeruginosa polysaccharide facilitates inflammation

Being wrong isn’t always a bad thing. Take Christopher Columbus: he set out on his voyage expecting to find a shortcut to India, but landed an extended vacation in the Bahamas instead. The authors of an Observation piece just released in mBio were wrong about their assumptions, too, and although... Read More

Honey as an antibiotic: Scientists identify a secret ingredient in honey that kills bacteria

New research published in the July 2010 print edition of the FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org) explains for the first time how honey kills bacteria. Specifically, the research shows that bees make a protein that they add to the honey, called defensin-1, which could one day be used to treat b... Read More

Indoor Mold Growth Is Influenced More by Location Than Building Type

In the first-ever global survey of indoor fungi scientists report that geography rather than building design and function has the greatest effect on the fungal species likely to be found indoors. The study suggests that the types of mold and other fungi most likely to be found in a dwelling may ... Read More

H1N1 deaths increase in India after onset of monsoon

Swine flu deaths continued their upwards surge since the onset of monsoon with 17 fatalities reported due to the disease in India since June 21, the maximum of which were from Kerala and Maharashtra.

Both the states reported seven deaths each while Andhra Pradesh reported two and Uttar Prades... Read More

NYU-Poly Professor Proposes Plan to Optimize Biosurfactants to Aid Gulf Cleanup

What if cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico wasn’t a matter of choosing between harsh chemical dispersants, labor-intensive skimming and potentially dangerous burns? Dr. Richard Gross, professor of chemical and biological science and Herman F. Mark chair at the Polytechnic Institute of New York Unive... Read More

Discovery of Controlled Swarm in Bacteria: Could Help Design New Strategies to Increase Sensitivity to Antibiotics

A study led by researchers from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) describes one of the mechanisms in which pathogenic bacteria populations control the way they spread over the surface of the organs they infect and stop when they detect the presence of an antibiotic, only to resume again wh... Read More

Red tape keeps Gulf marsh cleanup on hold

At a lab on Grand Isle, La., at the edge of Barataria Bay, biologists hoping to help save the oil-soiled marshlands are at the ready with a vat containing 30,000 gallons of homegrown oil-eating bacteria. But it’s been weeks since the oil started washing up here, and still they await final clear... Read More

Learn the food safety 'drills of the grills'

The Fourth of July weekend is almost here. Many of us will celebrate with a day of outdoor activities and tasty meats from the grill. The chef of your household might have the skills to cook the perfect burger, but do they know the food safety "drills of the grill?"

The U.S. Department of Agr... Read More

Computer science breakthrough: Replicating bacterial communication

Fundamental to computer science is transmitting information using electromagnetic communication - the 0s and 1s of binary code. But nature's tiniest lifeforms have used a very different method for eons, and figuring out how they do it could revolutionize computers.

Bacteria make great use of ... Read More

Algae and Diatoms

This image by Dr. Arlene Wechezak, Anacortes, Washington, United States, won 10th place in Nikon's 2009 Small World microscopy competition. Nikon's Small World Twitter feed (@NikonSmallWorld) is currently showcasing algae and larvae that are in danger in the Gulf oil spill. Read More
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