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Programming Cells to Do the Work

Synthetic Biology May Eventually Lead to New Treatments for Disease

James J. Collins wants to turn living cells into tiny robots that can be programmed to take on tasks that range from attacking tumors in the body to guiding the development of stem cells in the lab.

That goal remains dista... Read More

Putting the "Cell" in Cell Phone: Adapter Turns Its Camera into a Microscope

A low-cost adapter for cell phone cameras can capture images of abnormal cells and parasites.

A few years ago University of California, Berkeley, professor Daniel Fletcher challenged the undergraduate students in his optics and microscopy course to develop an instrument using only a cell phon... Read More

Microbes ‘R’ Us

This week, the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, there’s much talk of exploring other worlds. Which is exciting and grand; such is the stuff that dreams are made on. Yet we don’t need to go abroad to find amazing new life forms. We just need to look at the palms of our hands, the tips ... Read More

'Long-haired' Water Molds Are The Most Virulent

The water mould Saprolegnia can cause skin disease in salmon during its freshwater phase. The mould attacks both fish and eggs and has at times caused great economic loss for the fish farming industry, both in Norway and in other salmon-producing countries. Saprolegnia infection may be seen with... Read More

Fighting Hepatitis E Atom By Atom

Researchers at Rice University and their international colleagues have for the first time described the atomic structure of the protein shell that carries the genetic code of hepatitis E (HEV). Their finding could mean that new ways to stop the virus may come in the not-too-distant future.

Ri... Read More

Human Trials for H1N1/Swine Flu Vaccine are Set to Begin in Australia

Bloomberg News is reporting that the Australian -based specialty biopharmaceutical company CSL Ltd. will be conducting the first human trials of a swine- flu vaccine.

"Clinical human trails for the H1N1/swine flu vaccine are set to begin in Australia as deaths and infections from the H1N1 vi... Read More

HIV Linked to Pre-Chewed Foods

Researchers have uncovered the first cases in which HIV almost certainly was transmitted from mothers or other caregivers to children through pre-chewed food. The source of HIV in the pre-chewed food was most likely the infected blood in the saliva of the people who pre-chewed the food before gi... Read More

Synthetic Biology Holds Promise for Disease Treatments

The Wall Street Journal has published an interesting read on synthetic biology:

"In recent years, James Collins from Boston University and other researchers in a young field called synthetic biology have added new genes into bacteria and other cells to create simple circuits that mimic the ba... Read More

Bishop Promotes a Ban on Holy Water

A bishop from The Church of England is now advising churches to remove holy water from the premises as the stoups that the holy water rests in could be infected by H1N1/Swine Flu.

"The water in stoups can easily become a source of infection and a means of rapidly spreading the virus," said Th... Read More

Wikipedia Courts NIH for Content

We're always told in school not use Wikipedia as a source but as a starting point. But what if what you are looking for has been edited by researchers and experts from the National Institutes of Health. Well professor?

Wired.com has published an article reporting on this Wikipedia Foundation/... Read More

Reported Dengue Fever Infections Quadruple in Sri Lanka for 2009

ChinaView.cn is reportiong that the number of dengue deaths in Sri Lanka has risen to 180 while 18,030 cases have been reported this year, according to officials from the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry.

"They said of the 18,030 cases the highest number of patients was reported from... Read More

New DNA Vaccine Inhibits Deadly Skin Cancer in Mice

A new DNA vaccine inhibited malignant melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, in mice by eliciting antibodies that target a gastrin-releasing peptide which is known to play a key role in cancer development. The researchers from China and the U.S. report their findings in the July 2009 issue of t... Read More

Infection-Causing Amoeba May be Resistant to Multiple Contact Lens Solutions

A new study suggests that some contact lens solutions do not properly disinfect against Acanthamoeba, a free-living organism in the environment that can cause a painful vision-threatening infection. The researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Service, and t... Read More

Register to Attend INVEST

Scientists, Researchers, Grad Students, and Engineers are invited to come to the University of Bremen, Sept. 23-25, to help develop the future (post-2013) scientific ocean drilling program--the extension of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP). The meeting is being implemented as a large... Read More

"Single-Shot" Vaccines May Protect Against H5N1 Influenza Virus

Two newly developed "single-shot" H5N1 influenza vaccines protected ferrets against lethal infection with the H5N1 influenza virus and may allow for mass vaccination in humans in the event of a pandemic outbreak. The researchers from Australia report their findings in the August 2009 issue of th... Read More

Canada's Listeriosis probe calls for better food processing equipment

Canada's federal government is calling for all meat product manufactures to develop easier to clean meat processing equipment.

"Manufacturers should be required to design easy-to-clean meat-processing equipment that limits the spread of bacteria, says a newly released report on last summer's ... Read More

FDA gives the OK for this year's flu vaccine

The LA Times reports that the FDA has given the go ahead for this year's flu vaccine, but the approved vaccine does not protect against H1N1/Swine Flu. Apparently, that vaccine will arrive in mid-October.

"With the so-called swine flu continuing to spread across the United States and the worl... Read More

Physicists Explore Microscopic Systems Through Holographic Video

While this news item from Science Daily/EurekAlert doesn't mention microbes, it really makes you wonder what it would be like to see a holographic bacterium and if this technology can be applied. From reading this article I see no reason why it can't.

"The technique, developed in the laborato... Read More

Amber Ale: Brewing Beer from 45-Million-Year-Old Yeast

An aroma like bread dough permeates Raul Cano's lab. He has just removed the cover from a petri dish, and the odor wafts up from several gooey yellow clumps of microorganisms that have been feeding and reproducing in a dark cabinet for the past few days. Cano, a 63-year-old microbiologist at Cal... Read More

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