"By adapting a single protein on the surface of the bacterium Caulobacter crescentus, researchers at the University of British Columbia have turned it into a protein production factory, making useful proteins that can act as vaccines and drugs. Dr. John Smit presented the findings at the Society... Read More
"Getting a cold, stomach bug or other infection may lead to increased memory loss in people with Alzheimer's disease, according to research published in the September 8, 2009, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
The study found that people who ... Read More
"Researchers in Australia are developing diversionary tactics to fool disease-causing bacteria in the gut. Many bacteria, including those responsible for major gut infections, such as cholera, produce toxins that damage human tissues when they bind to complex sugar receptors displayed on the sur... Read More
"DOE announced on August 31 that it will award up to $21 million to five projects for handling and delivering high-tonnage biomass feedstocks to producers of cellulosic biofuels. The awards were selected as the best projects to stimulate the design and demonstration of a comprehensive system to ... Read More
The CDC has just published "Preparing for the Flu: A Communication Toolkit for Child Care and Early Childhood Programs." A .pdf document that provides information and communication resources to help center-based and home-based child care programs, Head Start programs, and other early childhood p... Read More
A harmless shard from the shell of a common childhood virus may halt a biological process that kills a significant percentage of battlefield casualties, heart attack victims and oxygen-deprived newborns, according to research presented Sunday, September 6, 2009, at the 12th European meeting on c... Read More
A research group from the Rovira i Virgili University (URV) in Tarragona has developed a biosensor that can immediately detect very low levels of Salmonella typhi, the bacteria that causes typhoid fever. The technique uses carbon nanotubes and synthetic DNA fragments that activate an electric si... Read More
This is the second annual Week of the Fungi on www.smallthingsconsidered.us. Elio Schaechter and Merry Youle plan to "hail the start of the fall mushroom collecting season" by highlighting interesting stories, observations and musings about the various facets of Mycology.
The first post for ... Read More
Scientists Hope to Fight Infections by Blocking the Social Creatures' Ability to Sense When They Have Sufficient Numbers to Attack
Bacteria are the oldest living things on earth, and researchers have long felt that they must lead dull, unfussy lives. New discoveries are starting to show just ... Read More
A recent op-ed in the Washington Times by Asa Hutchinson, former congressional representative from Arkansas and chairman of the ReadyCommunities Partnership advisory board, and Michael Schmidt, MUSC Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, calls for the private sector to consider the role of th... Read More
In a country obsessed with germs and sickness, antibacterial soaps and sanitizers are becoming more and more common. But because such products contribute to the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, some researchers recommend sanitizers made with cinnamon oil, which has been shown in... Read More
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If you have Microsoft’s PowerPoint, you can download our 17-image slide show.
Note: controls will appear in the lower left corner of your monitor. You may also use your arrow keys to move forward and back... Read More
According to the CDC, the single most important thing we can do to keep from getting sick and spreading illness to others is to clean our hands.
Infectious diseases, many of which are spread by unclean ha... Read More