The UK starts vaccinating people against swine flu today; in the US and Australia, vaccination has already begun. Can we be sure that safety hasn't been compromised in the race to test and produce the vaccine? Didn't vaccination hurt people during the last big swine flu scare? And do the benefit... Read More
Tomatoes, corn, insect resistance in poplar trees, and switchgrass durability through climate change are just some of the focus areas of the $101.6 million that the National Science Foundation has granted this week for plant genome sequencing projects.
Ranging broadly from $500,000 to $10.4 m... Read More
Roche last week said that demand for influenza testing products drove a 24 percent spike in sales for its PCR and nucleic acid purification business in the first nine months of 2009.
Specifically, the company said that sales of its MagNA Pure nucleic acid sample-prep system and its LightCycle... Read More
An international team of researchers from the United States, Korea, and France has sequenced and analyzed the genomes of two important laboratory strains of E. coli bacteria, one used to study evolution and the other to produce proteins for basic research or practical applications. The findings ... Read More
Every year beaches and lakes all over the country as closed down when levels of fecal coliform bacteria levels reach or exceed certain levels. Only when high E. coli levels close truly popular recreational waters is there much attention paid.
Since last spring, however, Missourians have lear... Read More
To honor the memory of Robert Austrian for his pioneering and important research on pneumococci and pneumococcal diseases, Wyeth is sponsoring research awards for young scientists in the field of pneumococcal vaccinology.
Wyeth has selected the International Symposium of Pneumococci and Pne... Read More
Did you know that millions of tons of fruits and vegetables in the United States end up in the trash can before being eaten, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture?
A Georgia State University professor has developed an innovative new way to keep produce and flowers fresh for longer p... Read More
In 1843, the Hungarian scientist David Gruby—considered the founder of medical microbiology—was studying a microscopic parasite in frog blood. The parasite seemed to propel itself forward like a corkscrew, so he named the creature Trypanosoma sanguinis, after the Greek word “trypanon,” or augur... Read More
Cytomegalovirus in human foreskin tissue cells (40x) Acridine orange stain. Darl, olive green bodies in refractile cells are intranuclear inclusions. Also show paranuclear bodies which are stained darker Read More
The first HIV vaccine to be called a success has stood up to scrutiny after further analysis of the data was presented today in Paris, France. However, the new analysis also confirms that the optimistic claims, first made in September and viewed sceptically at the time, are indeed very modest.
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Twentieth century medicine was phenomenally successful at developing vaccines and antibiotics to fight infectious diseases, taming ancient scourges such as smallpox, tuberculosis and typhoid. In the 1960s and 70s, the prevailing view was that all diseases caused by microorganisms would soon be c... Read More
INTEL's latest microchip technology has created transistors 22 nanometres wide - a mere 200 times the width of a hydrogen molecule. Carving such tiny features is devilishly difficult and expensive, but in another realm of microchips altogether, something odd is happening: chips are being made on... Read More
In a pair of studies appearing online yesterday in Nature Genetics, one group of researchers identified the first systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE, risk variants in a Chinese population while another group added to the growing list of lupus-associated genes in individuals of European descent... Read More
Babies are often given acetaminophen when they get their routine vaccinations. The drug, sold as Tylenol in the United States and called paracetamol in most countries, counters the common risk of fever and the much less common risk of fevers high enough to cause seizure.
But a new study, don... Read More
The percentage of Salmonella isolates found in ground turkey that displayed resistance to nalidixic acid dropped from 8.1 percent in 2002 to 2.6 percent in 2007. Similarly, the percentage of isolates resistant to ceftiofur dropped from 8.1 percent to 5.3 percent in that period. In contrast, the ... Read More
from the Washington Post's Science Digest:
A new strain of the virus that causes AIDS has been discovered in a woman from the African nation of Cameroon.
It differs from the three known strains of human immunodeficiency virus and appears to be closely related to a form of simian virus rece... Read More
Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as "the world's toughest bacterium," Deinococcus radiodurans can withstand extreme temperatures and drought conditions, lack of nutrients and a thousand times more radiation than a human being.
A new study by Cornell researchers reveals that nitric... Read More
Watch out for fake cures for swine flu.
As flu season gets into full swing, con artists are peddling an increasing number of fake–and sometimes dangerous–drugs that purport to cure or prevent H1N1 to a population increasingly nervous about getting sick.
The Food and Drug Administration rec... Read More