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Swine Flu Upsets Rituals of Greeting

When it comes to avoiding the transmission of swine flu — without awkwardness or rudeness — perhaps the Samoans are best prepared.

“In Samoa, people do not touch when they greet each other,” the linguistic anthropologist Alessandro Duranti says.

There is, of course, a catch: “When people w... Read More

Even during a high-profile outbreak, students followed recommended hand hygiene procedures 17 percent of the time

The path to poor hand sanitation is paved with good intentions, according to researchers from Kansas State and North Carolina State Universities.

As college campuses prepare for an expected increase in H1N1 flu this fall, the researchers said students' actions will speak louder than words.

... Read More

Saving Bees: What We Know Now

This is a neat article that offers several editorial viewpoints as to what we know so far about the plight of bees and Colony Collapse Disorder. Six experts, ranging from authors to entomologists, weigh in with their thoughts on this unique problem. Read More

Report to the President on U.S. Preparations for 2009-H1N1 Influenza

Click "source" to view the full "Report to the President on U.S. Preparations for 2009-H1N1 Influenza" from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Here is the Council's "planning scenario":

Indeed, the 2009-H1N1 influenza is already responsible for significant morbi... Read More

Chinese company Sinovac gets greenlight to mass produce H1N1 vaccine

Click "Source" to view the video via Scientific American/Reuters. Read More

Animal breeders and suppliers of food rats may increase spread of Cowpox

German researchers suspect that a recent increase in human Cowpox infections in Germany may be spread through the handling of food rats (rodents used for feeding pets or zoo animals) and a decrease in small pox vaccinations among the general public in a PLoS One paper entitled "Cowpox Virus Outb... Read More

Don't be the Fifth Guy

When it comes to washing their hands, Americans say they are getting the message, but their actions speak otherwise. While nine out of ten (92%) Americans, in a recent telephone survey, said they always washed their hands after using a public restroom, an observational survey in 5 cities found ... Read More

Activation of a Macrophage by an Effector T Lymphocyte

Major histocompatibility (MHC) molecules enable T lymphocytes to recognize epitopes of antigens and discriminate self from nonself. Unlike B-cell receptors on B lymphocytes that are able to directly bind epitopes on antigens, the T-cell receptors (TCRs) of T lymphocytes can only recognize epitop... Read More

Dengue Fever PSA (Queensland, Australia)

An animated public service announcement from Queensland, Australia on how to prevent catching Dengue Fever. Read More

Bananas accross central Africa under attack from two diseases

Two diseases, banana bunchy top virus and bacterial wilt, are infecting banana crops across central Africa, putting about 30 million people at risk in regions where it is a staple.

"At a meeting in Tanzania last week on the crisis, agricultural experts urged farmers to use pesticides or switc... Read More

Sea bacteria may lead to new therapies

U.S. marine biomedicine scientists say they have discovered a promising ocean-based compound that might yield new ways to fight human disease.

Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California-San Diego and Creighton University in Omaha say they have decip... Read More

Choosing the Less Traveled Road

Lars Jansen from the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (Gulbenkian Institute for Science) in Oeiras, Portugal, is featured In the Career Profile section of the AAAS Science journal. According to the article, Jansen's career started with a presentation at the 1999 ASM Conference on DNA Repair and M... Read More

Dengue Fever on the Rise (video)

As cities struggle to keep up with explosive population growth, dengue fever is beginning to infect more and more people due to unsanitary conditions; bad water, lack of sewage facilities. This short video shows conditions in the Philippines' city of Manila, where dengue has hit hard. Read More

CDC's 2009 H1N1 Vaccination Recommendations (Podcast)

Dr. Tony Fiore discusses who should be vaccinated against 2009 H1N1 flu during the 2009-2010 season. He explains the target groups for vaccination, and how these groups differ from those recommended for seasonal flu vaccination. Read More

HIV Weak Spot Gives Hope to Vaccine Makers

"The discovery of antibodies that bind to a hitherto unknown "weak spot" on HIV has revived hopes that a potent vaccine is within reach.

Now that the weak spot – common to many strains – has been discovered, researchers can aim for vaccines that trick people into making their own antibodies t... Read More

Home Food Safety Mythbusters

Fightbac.org, the website of the Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE), has created some fun resources around common home food safety myths for educators and organizations to distribute, and they are allowing groups to add their own logos to them. In addition to the educators kit and down... Read More

Absidia sp.

Absidia sp. Interference phase microscopy (1000X) Read More

Swine-flu vaccine trials in Leicester reveal a strong immune response after just one dose

Results from the first swine-flu vaccine trials taking place in Leicester reveal a strong immune response after just one dose.

The pilot study, run by the University of Leicester and Leicester Hospitals, was trialled with 100 healthy volunteers, aged between 18 and 50.

Dr Iain Stephenson,... Read More

Systems Biology Provides Clues to Bacteria with Bioremediation Potential

An American research team has taken a systems biology approach to understanding the diversity found in Shewanella — a bacterial genus touted for its bioremediation potential.

The researchers brought together genomic, proteomic, and physiological data for ten Shewanella strains in order to get... Read More

The case for biocentric microbiology

An interesting commentary by Ramy Karam Aziz, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, published in the journal Gut Pathogens claims "current microbiology is contaminated with anthropocentric convictions, many of which are irrational and negatively affect... Read More

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