Bill Gates walked into the World Health Organization's headquarters in Geneva—for a meeting in an underground chamber where global pandemics are managed—and was greeted by bad news. Polio was spreading across Africa, even after he gave $700 million to try to wipe out the disease.
That outbrea... Read More
The cancer drug cyclophosphamide activates a viral infection that helps anti-viral medications eliminate a virus-linked cancer, says a new study.
The drug is used to treat Burkitt lymphoma, an aggressive, fast-growing type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that often occurs in children. In Africa, the ... Read More
Scientists have discovered the gene that enables an extraordinary worm to regrow its whole head and brain—and other body parts—after amputation.
The finding is another step forward in efforts to explore how humans might one day regenerate damaged organs and tissue.
The research led by biol... Read More
Can texting help reverse Africa’s malaria epidemic? The answer seems to be a resounding “Yes.”
Using a mix of text messages, Google Maps and cloud software, organizers of a pilot program backed by IBM, Novartis and Vodafone believe they saved hundreds of lives in a few short months on the mal... Read More
Attenuated live vaccines that protect poultry against Newcastle Disease may be altering the genetic makeup of the wild virus strains, which could make future outbreaks unpredictable and difficult to tackle, according to biologists.
Newcastle Disease is an economically devastating poultry dise... Read More
On March 18, 2010, Roberto Kolter, Harvard Medical School and ASM President, gave a presentation to a group of graduate and postdoctoral students on why scientists need to be able to communicate effectively. This talk opened up the 2010 ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute that... Read More
New evidence shows immunization against "swine flu" in 1976 might provide individuals with some protection against the 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza virus, according to new research from St. Jude investigators.
Researchers found that individuals who reported receiving the 1976 vaccine mounted ... Read More
Quick treatment with flu medicine saved the lives of many pregnant women who were stricken by swine flu last year, according to the most complete analysis of deaths among expectant mothers.
The study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention counted 56 pregnant women who died from the... Read More
Research suggests pathogenic strains of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) are an under-recognised cause of urinary tract infections.
The bacteria are better known as a cause of infection in pregnant women with subsequent risks of preterm delivery and transmission to newborn infants often with devas... Read More
In December of last year, Julian Davies, Professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia and a Fellow of the Royal Society, authored an amusing post that essential... Read More
It sounds like a plot straight out of a science fiction movie: A new strain of a deadly airborne fungus in Oregon is set to spread to California.
But there's no need to sound the alarm, doctors say. The new strain of the well-known Cryptococcus gattii fungus is "worrisome" because it appears... Read More
A year ago today, Lyn Finelli, chief of flu surveillance at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gathered her team and advised them to prepare for the worst.
A flu epidemic was brewing, Finelli said, caused by a virus never before seen in humans. In Mexico, hospital workers were si... Read More
A brand of foaming baby wipe solution sold in Ottawa and Quebec is contaminated with bacteria that can cause urinary tract and skin infections, Health Canada announced Thursday.
Northern Essence' Foaming Baby Wipes Solution, sold at A Mother's Touch in Ottawa, Calins et Popotin in Montreal, B... Read More
ScienceDaily (Apr. 22, 2010) — A newly discovered strain of an airborne fungus has caused several deaths in Oregon and seems poised to move into California and other adjacent areas, according to scientists at Duke University Medical Center.
"This novel fungus is worrisome because it appears t... Read More
Alkaline lysis was first described by Birnboim and Doly in 1979 (Nucleic Acids Res. 7, 1513-1523) and has, with a few modifications, been the preferred method for plasmid DNA extraction from bacteria ever since. The easiest way to describe how alkaline lysis works is to go through the procedure ... Read More
A continuacion: Comunicación entre médicos y veterinarios; comportamiento peligroso en el zoo para niños; carne de vaca irradiada; y más allá del test del olfato.
Comunicación en... Read More
The Genome Sequencing Centers for Infectious Diseases (GSCID), funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), are accepting applications for sequencing and genotyping projects. The three NIAID-sponsored Genome Sequencing Centers for Infectious Diseases are accepting... Read More
A small rectangular window on the front of the fermenter shows bubbling liquid inside. If it is clear, then that means it is only solution. If it is foggy, then bacteria have been added. Today, the liquid looks milky grey. It fizzes and froths as the correct amount of air and methane is added, ... Read More
A popular topic at the World Vaccines Congress was cell-based alternatives to egg-based technologies, which was called the next frontier by Dr. Richard Schwartz of NIAID.
In recent years, a number of research projects have revolved around producing vaccines in animals and plants. Arizona Stat... Read More