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Sea bacteria may lead to new therapies

U.S. marine biomedicine scientists say they have discovered a promising ocean-based compound that might yield new ways to fight human disease.

Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California-San Diego and Creighton University in Omaha say they have decip... Read More

Choosing the Less Traveled Road

Lars Jansen from the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (Gulbenkian Institute for Science) in Oeiras, Portugal, is featured In the Career Profile section of the AAAS Science journal. According to the article, Jansen's career started with a presentation at the 1999 ASM Conference on DNA Repair and M... Read More

Dengue Fever on the Rise (video)

As cities struggle to keep up with explosive population growth, dengue fever is beginning to infect more and more people due to unsanitary conditions; bad water, lack of sewage facilities. This short video shows conditions in the Philippines' city of Manila, where dengue has hit hard. Read More

CDC's 2009 H1N1 Vaccination Recommendations (Podcast)

Dr. Tony Fiore discusses who should be vaccinated against 2009 H1N1 flu during the 2009-2010 season. He explains the target groups for vaccination, and how these groups differ from those recommended for seasonal flu vaccination. Read More

HIV Weak Spot Gives Hope to Vaccine Makers

"The discovery of antibodies that bind to a hitherto unknown "weak spot" on HIV has revived hopes that a potent vaccine is within reach.

Now that the weak spot – common to many strains – has been discovered, researchers can aim for vaccines that trick people into making their own antibodies t... Read More

Home Food Safety Mythbusters

Fightbac.org, the website of the Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE), has created some fun resources around common home food safety myths for educators and organizations to distribute, and they are allowing groups to add their own logos to them. In addition to the educators kit and down... Read More

Absidia sp.

Absidia sp. Interference phase microscopy (1000X) Read More

Swine-flu vaccine trials in Leicester reveal a strong immune response after just one dose

Results from the first swine-flu vaccine trials taking place in Leicester reveal a strong immune response after just one dose.

The pilot study, run by the University of Leicester and Leicester Hospitals, was trialled with 100 healthy volunteers, aged between 18 and 50.

Dr Iain Stephenson,... Read More

Systems Biology Provides Clues to Bacteria with Bioremediation Potential

An American research team has taken a systems biology approach to understanding the diversity found in Shewanella — a bacterial genus touted for its bioremediation potential.

The researchers brought together genomic, proteomic, and physiological data for ten Shewanella strains in order to get... Read More

The case for biocentric microbiology

An interesting commentary by Ramy Karam Aziz, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, published in the journal Gut Pathogens claims "current microbiology is contaminated with anthropocentric convictions, many of which are irrational and negatively affect... Read More

New Study Suggests an Unidentified Source as Cause of Residual Viremia in HIV-1 Patients on HAART

A new study suggests that an unidentified cellular source may be responsible for residual viremia in HIV-1 patients on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). This discovery disputes previous theories that attributed residual viremia to latent proviruses in resting CD4+ T cells and could ... Read More

Building a Better Flu Vaccine--And Giving Chickens a Rest

As vaccine-makers gear up for the winter flu season, one biotech company is reporting success with an alternative method of developing a flu preventative that it says could work more effectively and be produced more quickly than traditional inoculations prepared in fertilized chicken eggs.

Th... Read More

H1N1 Pandemic Virus Does Not Mutate Into 'Superbug' In Lab: Study

A laboratory study by University of Maryland researchers suggests that some of the worst fears about a virulent H1N1 pandemic flu season may not be realized this year, but does demonstrate the heightened communicability of the virus. Using ferrets exposed to three different viruses, the Marylan... Read More

Free Cold and Flu Prevention Webinar

The upcoming cold and flu season may be one of the busiest in years, with the added threat of the H1N1 virus. The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) is hosting a free webinar on Sept. 24 to help community leaders prepare for these potential threats to public health.

“Education and preparati... Read More

Denitrification, Its Importance Once Diluted, May Be Back On Top

After more than a decade of inquiry, a Princeton-led team of scientists has turned the tables on a long-standing controversy to re-establish an old truth about nitrogen mixing in the oceans.

For decades, scientists thought they had a handle on the workings of an intricate natural mechanism kn... Read More

Fantasy Genome Project

Evolutionary biologist Olivia Judson muses on what genome she would most like to see sequenced and asks what does knowing a wholme genome sequence actually tell us? Read More

Quantitative precipitin test

Quantitative precipitin test. Constant antibody with 2-fold increase in antigen concentration. Note inhibition in antigen excess and precipitation in equivalence zone. Read More

China to approve single-dose swine flu vaccines

China is close to approving homegrown swine flu vaccines that manufacturers say can protect people with a single dose, an encouraging development for health officials racing to prepare for an expected spike in cases this winter.

Experts said China's versions could boost global efforts to fig... Read More

The ABC's of E.coli

Dr. Christine Hoang, Assistant Director of The American Veterinary Medical Association’s Scientific Activities Division responds to a five minute Q & A about E.coli from a consumer/food safety perspective.

{mp3remote}http://www.avmamedia.org/manage/mediaimg/s214-e.%20coli%20(huang).mp3{/mp3re... Read More

“I Can’t Live Without You!” A Close-up Examination of Microorganisms Involved in Mutually Beneficial Symbiotic Relationships

In this activity, students learn about mutually beneficial symbiotic relationships that exist between
microbes and other microbes, plants, and animals, prepare samples for microscopic observation from a
termite hindgut, a lichen, and a legume root nodule, and use a microscope to observe and id... Read More

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