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Does the U.S. Produce Too Many Scientists?

For years, Americans have heard blue-ribbon commissions and major industrialists bemoan a shortage of scientists caused by an inadequate education system. A lack of high-tech talent, these critics warn, so threatens the nation’s continued competitiveness that the U.S. must drastically upgrade it... Read More

Fine Reading: Yet Another Reason to Appreciate Fungi

Writing in 'Small Things Considered', Elio Schaechter explores how fungi have shaped our understanding of mammalian immunology.

This blog, known as it for taking up the cause of the underdog, was fortified by reading How Fungi Have Shaped Our Understanding of Mammalian Immunology in a recent ... Read More

Raw Milk Recall Underway in WA

A regulated raw milk diary in Washington State Tuesday recalled its raw fluid milk because it may be contaminated with dangerous Escherichia coli bacteria (E. coli).

The recall came after the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) found raw milk at Jackie's Jersey Milk was contamin... Read More

Microbexpert

A Comprehensive guide for microbiology, packed with lots of informative data readily usable by microbiologists around the world. Read More

Gene Regulation: Can We Stomach It? New Technique Fights Against Cause of Peptic Ulcer Disease and Gastric Cancer

A breakthrough in decoding gene regulation of Helicobacter pylori has been made by an international research team led by Jörg Vogel of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin. Using a newly developed sequencing technique, the researchers discovered 60 small ribonucleic acids (sR... Read More

Cruise line: 350 sick aboard ship in Caribbean

About 350 people who got sick a week into a Caribbean cruise were responding well to medicine, the cruise line said Tuesday. Celebrity Cruise spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said 326 of the more than 1,800 passengers on the Celebrity Mercury began complaining Sunday of upset stomachs, vomiting and... Read More

Cryptococcus neoformans

Cryptococcus neoformans abscess. H & E stain (1000X) Read More

Osprey Biotechnics chock full of useful bacteria

At Osprey Biotechnics, about 45 employees are padding around in lab coats in the same sprawling, one-story complex where the company got its start back in 1990.

They research and develop hardy, fast-growing bacteria that are then grown by the zillions to accomplish specific tasks for humans. ... Read More

Arsenic from an Old Place

Imagine a planet with an atmosphere lacking oxygen, its landscape dotted with volcanic craters, caustic oceans, and basins of brine. Yet, amazingly, these oceans and brines teem with life, albeit very different from our own-microorganisms that breathe arsenic. That description may describe the E... Read More

Flu lives longer in drier air

Doctors (and patients) have long known that influenza in temperate areas is more common in the winter, and that some winters are worse for flu than others. Now they know why – drier winter air keeps the flu virus alive longer and the drier the air, the more flu.

The researchers showed that h... Read More

Warning: Hospitals may be hazardous to your health

How hazardous?

A study published in Monday’s edition of Archives of Internal Medicine estimates that 48,000 people died in 2006 after developing sepsis or pneumonia during their hospital stays. Altogether, such infections forced patients to spend an extra 2.3 million days in the hospital and ... Read More

What's Going On with Peer Review?

This past week I found myself asking this question quite a few times. What is going on with the peer review process? Is anyone actually reviewing the papers getting into journals anymore?
Peer review is a process that is meant to ensure that only high quality scientific publications make it to ... Read More

Mouse With Human Liver: New Model for Treatment of Liver Disease

How do you study-and try to cure in the laboratory-an infection that only humans can get? A team led by Salk Institute researchers does it by generating a mouse with an almost completely human liver. This "humanized" mouse is susceptible to human liver infections and responds to human drug treat... Read More

Canecutter's Disease on the Rise Among Travelers

A team led by PhD researcher Dr Colleen Lau from the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland, has discovered the disease, known medically as leptospirosis, was traditionally a concern for males working in the agricultural and livestock industries, as it is contracted from con... Read More

Should Japanese Arcades Worry About 3D Goggle Bacteria?

Upcoming arcade title Metal Gear Arcade is in 3D. If this game is a hit, it could start a 3D arcade gaming trend. And just like 3D Hollywood films shown in theaters, gamers wear 3D goggles.

Just think of all the people who have worn the goggles before you! Like this lady. Her nose grease and ... Read More

Budding versus Binary Fission

Elio Schaechter of Small Things Considered asks if there is an evolutionary advantage for budding, where cell division is asymmetrical (yeast is an example), over binary fission, asexual reproduction by cell division?

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"Binary fission is a most impressive invention. In one fell swo... Read More

Swine flu wanes, but experts say pandemic strain could reemerge

Even as officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are announcing that the epidemic of the H1N1 flu is no longer widespread in any state, no disease expert is willing to say there isn't a third -- or fourth -- wave of swine flu in the country's future.

Influenza transmissio... Read More

Gallstones play key role in perpetuating typhoid

A new research suggests that typhoid fever bacteria collect on gallstones to perpetuate the disease.

People who harbour these bacteria in their gallbladders, even without symptoms, can infect others with active typhoid fever, especially in developing areas of the world where sanitation is poo... Read More

Your old sofa - and much more - could be composted, say scientists

Polyurethane plastics used to make a host of products from furniture fillings to shoe soles, cable insulation and paints – and which can be difficult to recycle – could soon be degraded in compost heaps, thanks to a study at the University of Manchester.

Dr Geoff Robson and his team at the Fa... Read More

Architecture of a bullet-shaped virus

Since electron micrographs first revealed the bullet-shaped morphology of vesicular stomatitis virus (a virus related to rabies virus), understanding the architecture has been elusive. It was known that the RNA genome is wrapped in a helical structure by the viral nucleocapsid (N) protein, but h... Read More
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