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Bacterium Transforms Toxic Gold Compounds To Their Metallic Form

Australian scientists have found that the bacterium Cupriavidus metallidurans catalyses the biomineralisation of gold by transforming toxic gold compounds to their metallic form using active cellular mechanism.

Researchers reported the presence of bacteria on gold surfaces but have never clea... Read More

Life cycle (illustration) of Chlamydia trachomatis

Life cycle (illustration) of Chlamydia trachomatis Read More

Personal genomics firms must come clean

Companies that offer analyses of future health risks based on basic genetic tests should be more transparent about the limitations of their predictions, says genomics pioneer Craig Venter.

He and four colleagues have proposed guidelines for the industry after assessing the results of scans of... Read More

Targeted therapies exploit tiny chinks in cancer's armour

THE weakness in Achilles' heel didn't pose much of a problem until it came into contact with Paris's arrow - at which point it killed him. Now a range of tumours are meeting a similar fate thanks to drugs that turn otherwise insignificant gaps in their defences into fatal flaws.

A pioneering ... Read More

Thermo Fisher Scientific to Close Dubuque Facility, Lay Off 350

Thermo Fisher Scientific said today that it plans to close its manufacturing plant in Dubuque, Iowa, by September 2010 and will cut the 350 jobs at the facility over coming year.

The plant closing comes just days after the company announced it plans to shut down a plant in Hudson, NH, a move ... Read More

Study Suggests Sequencing Late-Stage Tumors May be Key to Finding Relevant Cancer Mutations

A new sequencing study by Canadian researchers suggests that primary breast cancers acquire significant numbers of new mutations in their coding regions as they progress towards metastasis — a characteristic that underscores the importance of analyzing cancers at different stages, the researcher... Read More

The First Synthetic Organelle

In recent years scientists have made synthetic versions of key parts of the cell, such as chromosomes and ribosomes. Now researchers have developed the first working artificial prototype of an “organ” of a human cell—the Golgi apparatus.

Made up of a network of sacs piled together like a stac... Read More

Petite Pictures: The 20 Microscopic Photo Competition Prizewinners

Microscopes have been around for some 400 years, and today they are even accessible via customized cell phones. The act of peering into a microscope of any power can open a whole world of life and beauty that exists right under (or in) our noses. And to capture that rare view for reproduction ca... Read More

Novartis Gets Rights To Broad-Spectrum Antibiotic

Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis AG (NVS) said Thursday it has gained exclusive worldwide rights to market what could become the first once-a-day broad-spectrum antibiotic that can be given as a tablet or intravenously to treat infections caused by drug-resistant bacteria.

The drug candi... Read More

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Filamentous bacterium

Raw sewage. Filamentous bacterium, note the polymeric material Read More

Swine Flu Vaccine Reaches an Anxious Nation

The fear of swine flu is being compounded by new worries, this time among primary care doctors who say that they are swamped by calls from patients seeking the new vaccine, and that they are ill-prepared to cope with the nationwide drive to immunize everyone, particularly children and chronicall... Read More

Britain's Nobel winner condemns science funding reform

Britain's latest Nobel prize winner has attacked government plans to divert research funding from basic science into projects that are expected to have a quick financial pay-off.

The shake-up in science funding announced earlier this year is a "huge mistake" that jeopardises Britain's ability... Read More

New Vaccine May Immunize Addicts from Cocaine's Pleasurable Effects

Unlike opiates such as heroin or prescription painkillers, there is no medication specifically approved to help curb cocaine consumption. Now, an experimental vaccine offers hope for a new approach, researchers say, that spurs on antibodies, which bind with cocaine molecules and apparently helps... Read More

Microbe converts sludge into ethanol

Two companies said Wednesday that they have developed a method for turning sewage sludge into ethanol.

Israel-based Applied CleanTech and Marlborough, Mass.-based Qteros created a joint development project that combines sewage treatment technology and a microbial process for converting biomas... Read More

Protecting Humans And Animals From Diseases In Wildlife

Avian influenza (H5N1), rabies, plague, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), and more recently swine flu (H1N1) are all examples of diseases that have made the leap from animals to humans. As the list continues to grow, experts at The University of Nottingham are to lead a project aimed at de... Read More

Light zaps antibiotic resistant bacteria

Cristian A. Strassert and Luisa De Cola of the University of Munster (Germany) have developed a photodynamic method to deal with antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Nanoparticles made of a special porous material (zeolite L) are modified so they have a coating of amino groups. This coating causes ... Read More

2 Americans, 1 Israeli win Nobel chemistry prize

Two Americans and an Israeli scientist won the 2009 Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for atom-by-atom mapping of the protein-making factories within cells — a feat that has spurred the development of antibiotics.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas... Read More

Wildlife As A Source For Livestock Infections

A bacterium possibly linked to Crohn's disease could be lurking in wild animals. According to research published in the open access journal BMC Microbiology, Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (Map), can be transmitted between wildlife and domestic ruminants, supporting the theory o... Read More

Chlamydia psittaci

Chlamydia psittaci. Infected baby hamster kidney cell cultures, direct FA stain Read More

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