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New test will help determine the right antibiotics required to treat serious, chronic infections

A new test developed by Edmonton-based Innovotech™ Inc. will now allow doctors to more accurately identify the right antibiotics required to treat serious, chronic infections such as Cystic Fibrosis that are biofilm based. With more than 80 per cent of infections in the developed world caused by... Read More

First genetically-engineered malaria vaccine to enter human trials

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute scientists have created a weakened strain of the malaria parasite that will be used as a live vaccine against the disease. The vaccine, developed in collaboration with researchers from the US, Japan and Canada, will be trialled in humans from early next year.

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Yeast Cells - Electron Micrograph

Electron micrograph of a longitudinal section through budding yeast cells Read More

TWiV 42: Bats and ticks



HostsVincent Racaniello, Read More

When Germ Relationships Go Bad

Cartoon of a couple of bacteria having marital problems. Via Wikipedia Commons. Illustration by Gaspirtz. Read More

Nanodiamonds deliver insulin for wound healing

Insulin helps to speed the recovery of "severe burns and other kinds of serious wounds such as traumatic bone fractures."

One of the challenges in biomedicine however is the delivery of a localized release of therapeutic medicine. Now "researchers at Northwestern University have demonstrated ... Read More

Is Scientific American Following You?

Scientific American is on twitter (@sciam) and wrote up a quick list of science people they follow on twitter including Carl Zimmer aka @carlzimmer, evolutionary biologist Jonathan Eisen aka Read More

Microbe Evolution Gets a Push

Improved DNA sequencing technology is making reading genomes faster and cheaper every day. But modifying genes in microbes and other organisms still requires slow and painstaking effort. Now, researchers report that they've come up with a new way to modify the genomes of billions of microbes sim... Read More

Can Good Bacteria Really Fight the Flu?

Cold and flu sufferers, there may be a way to head off those irritating symptoms before they cause you to miss work or school.

New evidence suggests that probiotics -- good bacteria that can aid immune function -- can have a preventive effect for cold and flu viruses.

In a study sponsored... Read More

Natural Born Killers: How The Body's Frontline Immune Cells Decide Which Cells To Destroy

The mechanism used by 'Natural Killer' immune cells in the human body to distinguish between diseased cells, which they are meant to destroy, and normal cells, which they are meant to leave alone, is revealed in new detail in research published July 28 in PLoS Biology.

Understanding how this ... Read More

Swine flu threat greater than terrorism, says UK's Home Secretary

Swine flu is now a greater threat to Britain than terrorism, according to Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary. The government is now advising pregnant women to avoid unnecessary travel.

To date, more than 650 people have been taken to hospital with the virus in England, including more than 200... Read More

The Ocean's Skin

Carl Zimmer of the NY Times has written an interesting article on researchers who have confirmed that there is a very thin film of microbes covering the ocean surface. They claim that the top hundredth-inch of the ocean is an ecosystem all unto its own.

Michael Cunliffe, a marine biologist a... Read More

Study: Predicting Hospital Surge after a Large-Scale Anthrax Attack

According to a study in a special issue of Medical Decision Making, a large-scale, covert anthrax attack on a large city would overwhelm hospital resources even with an extremely effective public health response, primarily because of expected delays in detecting the attack and initiating a respo... Read More

Filamentous yeast from spoiled beverage

Filamentous yeast from spoiled beverage. Filaments and budding. Phase. (1008X) Read More

Scientists consider biobutanol a more efficient alternative to corn-based ethanol

"A group of researchers at Tulane University is working to develop biological methods for producing butanol that might ultimately lead to widespread use of the chemical as a fuel generated from waste materials rather than nonrenewable fossil fuels.

Once the researchers determine the best bact... Read More

The International Probiotics Association Moves to Zurich, Switzerland

According to Nutra-ingredients.com, the International Probiotics Association (IPA) is relocating its headquarters to to Zurich, Switzerland, a move that is designed to bring the organization closer to regulatory action related to the healthy bacteria. This relocation comes just a few months ... Read More

Wealthy Countries Stock Up On H1N1 Vaccine

According to AFP, countries are scrambling to buy up hundreds of millions of doses of the H1N1 vaccine. However, health experts from WHO are warning that developing nations may not get adequate supplies if wealthy nations grab up the all the vaccine it can. Click "source" for the full story. Read More

First real-time video of bacteria infecting a living host

Scientists at the University of Bath and University of Exeter have developed a new technique that allows them to make a movie of bacteria infecting their living host. And, according to the researchers, the first film to follow the progress of infection in real-time with living organisms.

Usin... Read More

H1N1 flu spreads to remote corners of the world: WHO

There may be no escape from H1N1 pandemic flu, which according to the latest World Health Organization figures has spread to the most remote parts of the planet including popular island getaways.

In a snapshot published on Monday, the WHO said more than 20 countries and overseas territories h... Read More

New accreditation process for laboratories across Africa pushed by leading health authorities

Government health officials from 13 African countries today launched the first-ever push for accreditation of the continent's medical laboratories, starting a process that the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Government believe will be an historic step to strengthen health systems an... Read More

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