Few technical breakthroughs have changed the face of their field like the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). Gene cloning, sequencing of complex genomes, DNA fingerprinting and DNA-based diagnostics are just some of the techniques that were either inefficient, crude or plain impossible before PCR.... Read More
People often cite mayonnaise as a source for food poisoning, but studies have shown the condiment is not very conducive to bacterial growth. This is due to the ingredients used in commercially–prepared mayonnaise which typically include pasteurized eggs, salt and an acid like vinegar (acetic aci... Read More
To help average Americans do something to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, several foundations and travel companies, in cooperation with the United Nations, are starting a campaign to allow travelers to donate $2 every time they pay for a flight, a rental car or a hotel room.
The campai... Read More
There has been a dramatic increase in the number of cases of Canadians becoming infected or colonized by the superbug MRSA since 1995, both in hospitals and within the community, a study has found.
Researchers who conduct national surveillance of infectious diseases found that between 1995 an... Read More
Australian scientists said Wednesday that the discovery of a genetically distinct colony of Tasmanian devils may save the species from being wiped out by a contagious cancer that has decimated the population.
So far, the colony in northwestern Tasmania state has proven immune to the face canc... Read More
Titulares: La salud del coral, censo de los microbios marinos, la gripe que viene del hielo, y microbios del infierno.
La salud del coral
Los científicos calculan que, debi... Read More
Despite the impact of mankind, the size of trees, and the sheer numbers of bugs, multicellular terrestrial life only makes up a small portion of the planet's biomass. The majority of life on Earth lives at the bottom of the ocean, much of it beneath the ocean floor.
Thanks to those extreme de... Read More
Texas-based Glycos Biotechnologies Inc. is producing lactic acid and advanced ethanol in a pilot commercial-size facility with the capacity to produce 150,000 liters of chemicals. It’s a major benchmark in the company’s quest to commercialize its microbial technology.
The biochemical company ... Read More
Nearly one in every two African American women ages 14 to 49 has genital herpes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. Overall, two out of every five blacks in that age group carry the virus, and one out of every six Americans, the agency announced at an STD Prevention Con... Read More
An unusual study done in 49 remote Hutterite farming colonies in western Canada has provided the surest proof yet that giving flu shots to schoolchildren protects a whole community from the disease.
Although previous studies have demonstrated what scientists call “herd immunity,” none have be... Read More
The Department of Environmental Protection opened a new microbiology lab at a Brooklyn water treatment plant today, to help monitor and enhance the cleansing of wastewater and local waterways.
New Yorkers produce 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater every day, and now a new microbiology lab in ... Read More
We speak with many scientists each week who are working with filtered water for the isolation of microbial DNA and RNA. Because there are many choices for filter membranes, each with their own benefits, choosing the best one for your sample type and microbial load can be confusing. This article ... Read More
For 42,000 years, Lyuba, a baby woolly mammoth, was preserved almost perfectly intact, right down to her baby fat, in frigid Siberian river muck. Now released from her icy grave, she is being preserved in much the same manner as another famous Russian relic: the body of revolutionary Vladimir Le... Read More
Researchers from Swinburne University of Technology have made a discovery that could go a long way to improving the success rates of artificial implants and reduce the risk of bacterial outbreaks in hospitals.
In a paper published in Langmuir, the journal of the American Chemical Society, t... Read More
Alien invaders is an apt description - kinda gross looking but also grossly fascinating. Proof positive about the whole worlds that are going on all around us that we are (usually or mostly) completely oblivious to.
While astronomers scour the skies for signs of life in outer space, biologists are exploring an enormous living world buried below the surface of the Earth.
Scientists estimate that nearly half the living material on our planet is hidden in or beneath the ocean or in rocks, soil, tree roots, ... Read More
Most parents believe that vaccines protect their children against disease, but one in four think some vaccines cause autism in healthy children, and nearly one in eight have refused at least one recommended vaccine, a new study has found.
The vaccine most likely to have been rejected by pare... Read More
For years, a prevailing theory has been that one of the chief villains in Alzheimer’s disease has no real function other than as a waste product that the brain never properly disposed of.
The material, a protein called beta amyloid, or A-beta, piles up into tough plaques that destroy signals... Read More