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Bacteria offer insights into human decision making

Scientists studying how bacteria under stress collectively weigh and initiate different survival strategies say they have gained new insights into how humans make strategic decisions that affect their health, wealth and the fate of others in society.

Their study, published this week in the ea... Read More

Everyday Germs in Childhood May Prevent Diseases in Adulthood

A new Northwestern University study suggests that American parents should ease up on antibacterial soap and perhaps allow their little ones a romp or two in the mud --- or at least a much better acquaintance with everyday germs.

The study is the first to look at how microbial exposures early ... Read More

A Wild Celebration

This year, as you may have noticed, has been one long party in honor of Charles Darwin. That’s now drawing to a close. But don’t put away your glad rags. Next year is also slated to be one long party; this time, in honor of biodiversity. Yes, 2010 is to be an international knees-up for the other... Read More

Fast, accurate urine test for pneumonia possible, study finds

Doctors may soon be able to quickly and accurately diagnose the cause of pneumonia-like symptoms by examining the chemicals found in a patient's urine, suggests a new study led by UC Davis biochemist Carolyn Slupsky.

Pneumonia is a lung infection that annually sickens millions of people in th... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 31



A continuacion: enfermedad periodóntales, VIH-2, H. pylori en agua potable y microbios en un avión.


Enfermedad periodóntales


Se ha dicho que “el camino al corazón de ... Read More

Swine flu may be mildest pandemic ever, researchers say

The first comprehensive study of pandemic H1N1 influenza from April to the end of July indicates that the pandemic may be the mildest ever, assuming that the virus doesn't mutate during the winter and come back stronger than before. The analysis suggests that the swine flu virus might directly c... Read More

H1N1 Influenza Adopted Novel Strategy to Move from Birds to Humans

The 2009 H1N1 influenza virus used a new strategy to cross from birds into humans, a warning that it has more than one trick up its sleeve to jump the species barrier and become virulent.

In a report in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, University of California, Ber... Read More

Hungry Amoebas Spawn Biggest Viruses Ever

Made from a hodgepodge of genetic bits and pieces, the newly discovered Marseillevirus is the world’s largest virus.

But fame is fleeting: It’s almost sure to be supplanted by another, even bigger virus. What’s really special about Marseillevirus is where it comes from. Like other giant virus... Read More

New Report Projects 11 Percent Annual Growth in Genomically Guided Personalized Medicine

A new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates the $232 billion personalized medicine market will grow 11 percent annually.

According to the professional services firm, the trend toward tailoring drugs based on clinical factors and genomic variation will create opportunities and challenges ... Read More

Scripps Research scientists reveal key structure from ebola virus

LA JOLLA, CA, December 7, 2009—Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have determined the structure of a critical protein from the Ebola virus, which, though rare, is one of the deadliest viruses on the planet killing between 50 and 90 percent of those infected. Described in the advance, o... Read More

Haemophilus influenzae and Staphylococcus aureus

Haemophilus influenzae and Staphylococcus aureus. Satellite growth on blood agar Read More

Feline 'pawprint' found in HIV genome

African lions living over a million years ago may have carried an early form of HIV. Now, American microbiologists reckon they've found a feline genetic "pawprint" in the modern-day form of the virus.

Robert Bambara and his team at the University of Rochester in New York found a genetic seque... Read More

Is Britain's big biomedical institute politician-proof?

Is Britain's £500-million-plus plan to create a world-leading biomedical research institute politician-proof?

The effort to create the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI) in central London within around five years has been endorsed by prime minister Gordon Brown.

But wit... Read More

Bacteria seen swimming the electron shuffle

New videos have caught bacteria in the act of a completely new behavior. A study appearing online December 7 in PNAS finds that Shewanella cells briefly touch an electron-accepting surface, lift off and swim furiously, and then return to the metal surface.

The researchers call this flighty ne... Read More

Virtual Microbiology - Through the microscope, A look at all things small

Timothy Paustian, Faculty Associate in the Dept. of Bacteriology at University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been working on an online microbiology textbook entitled "Through the Microscope, A Look at all Things Small." According to Paustian's "textbook publishing manifesto," Through the Microscop... Read More

A New Front in War on Cavities

Cavities have made a dismaying comeback in children in recent years, and the search is on among scientists to find new ways to fight tooth decay.

The prevalence of cavities in children aged 2 to 5 decreased steadily through the 1970s and 1980s, thanks largely to the expansion of water fluorid... Read More

Karen E. Nelson, Ph.D., Named Director of J. Craig Venter Institute Rockville, MD Campus

The J. Craig Venter Institute announced today that Karen E. Nelson, Ph.D. has been named Director of the JCVI Rockville, MD campus. Dr. Nelson and Robert Friedman, Ph.D., Director of the San Diego, CA facility since 2008, are senior leaders of the two campuses of the JCVI and report directly to ... Read More

Half of ICU patients with infections are twice as likely to die compared to those without infections, study says.

Just over half of all patients in intensive care units around the world have infections, and they are more than twice as likely to die in the units as patients who are not infected, a new study has found.

The study surveyed the infection status of more than 13,000 patients from 1,200 noncardi... Read More

Pathogen Audit at Canadian Labs Triggers Increased Bio-Security Measures

Laboratories are invariably out of the public eye—until there is a problem. In Canada, The Canadian Press reported earlier this year that audits had uncovered serious flaws in the tracking and accountability of dangerous pathogen specimens at federal laboratories. In response, the Public Health ... Read More

Eradication of Guinea Worm in Nigera May be Working

Nigeria, once the worst-afflicted country in the world, has been free of the parasitic infection Dracunculiasis, aka guinea worm, for the past 12 months according to the Carter Center.

People can become infected with guinea worm when they drink pond water infested with microscopic fleas, in w... Read More

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