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Little-known Marine Decomposers Attract The Attention Of Genome Sequencers

The Department of Energy (DOE) is sequencing underwater docomposers. Apparently these fungus-like organisms act much like bacteria in degrading organic matter. Read More

Vaccine approved for H3N8 dog flu.

The USDA has approved a new vaccine for dogs. Believed to have jumped from horses to dogs 5 years ago, H3N8 "has been a quiet undercurrent in the United States, rarely discussed except among veterinarians and dog owners in the few areas where it has struck hard: Florida, New York City’s northern... Read More

First case of Tamiflu-resistant H1N1 announced in Denmark

The National Health Board of Denmark announced that the first known case of pandemic H1N1 flu resistance to Tamiflu. Officials emphasize "there is no evidence" that the resistant virus has spread.

While the case is likely to be isolated, it calls into question the policy in most European coun... Read More

A double whammy of "trojan" cells can take out drug-resistant tumors, says researchers

This is an interesting cancer treatment idea.

"Himanshu Brahmbhatt and Jennifer MacDiarmid of the company Engeneic in Sydney, Australia, had already coaxed bacteria such as E. coli into dividing at their ends, rather than in the middle. This way they produce tiny buds of cytoplasm devoid of c... Read More

Coral Fights Antibiotic Resistance

The slow decay of coral reefs is a major problem and a signal that we are killing our environment. However, there appears to be one organism that doesn't care all that much or at the very least is hardly affected by the change. A sponge, discovered in a coral reef that was dying as a result of a... Read More

MTS30 - Stanley Plotkin - The Past, Present, and Future of Vaccines

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Anti-biotech Groups Obstruct Forest Biotechnology

There is an interesting report in Nature: Biotechnology on the level of activism against environmental genetic modification:

The potential of forest biotechnology to help address significant social and environmental issues is being "strangled at birth" by the rigid opposition of some groups a... Read More

Science Tattoo Emporium

Carl Zimmer wondered if scientists had tattoos of their science and as it turns out, many do! Check out this great collection of science tattoos. I have to admit I browsed through the whole 23 page collection, fascinated by the art of science and seeing, in some cases, the full colored beauty of... Read More

Stomachache Tonight - Animated Food Saftey Music Video

Dr. Carl Winter, a food toxicologist at University of California, Davis, sings this parody of The Eagles' "Heartache Tonight." Read More

Dirt, The Microbial Envelope of Earth

Hast thou considered dirt? This article goes 'deep' into dirt, stuff that's all around us but rarely thought about... Read More

The Inflammatory Response

Vincent Racaniello from This Week in Virology has a great post on his site about what happens to the immune system during the initial infection of an influenza virus:

During the earliest stages of a virus infection, cytokines are produced when innate immune defenses are activated. The rapid ... Read More

Legionella pneumophilia in yolk sac of embryonated egg as stained by the Gimenez method

Legionella pneumophilia in yolk sac of embryonated egg as stained by the Gimenez method Read More

Study Provides Greater Understanding of Lyme Disease-Causing Bacteria

A breakthrough in understanding, if not treatment of, a troublesome infection...

Lyme disease in the U.S. is caused by the tickborne bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi and usually begins with a skin lesion, after which the bacteria spread throughout the body to the nervous system, heart or joints.... Read More

You may be king of the grill, but do you have the food safety skills?

The USDA is on point this year for the Fourth of July with reminding everyone that grilling out often requires special food handling precautions.

The chef of your household might have the skills to cook the perfect burger, but does he or she know the food safety "drills of the grill?" To hel... Read More

An Update on the Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Found in Raw Cookie Dough

An update from the CDC regarding the current status of the recent E. coli outbreak in raw cookie dough. Learn what states have been affected so far, advice for consumers regarding the consumption of these products, and the current status of the investigation of the outbreak. Read More

Using DNA "tandem repeats" to identify pathogenic vibrio

Researchers from Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Germany, have developed a new method for better diagnostic of diarrhea causing bacteria. Iit now possible to characterize and distinguish hundreds of bacteria strains in a short time. The method is based on the existence of short, repeti... Read More

Magic Ingredient In Breast Milk Protects Babies' Intestines

A newly discovered molecule in the milk produced by mom, in the first few days after birth, apparently contains a very powerful ingredient which helps protect the "lining of a newborn's gut which is particularly vulnerable to damage as it has never been exposed to food or drink." Read More

Are you Smarter than a Microbe?

Microbes obviously don't have a brain and therefore are not capable of conscious thought however, "many bacteria and protists exhibit behavior that looks remarkably intelligent." Check out six of the most interesting examples of intelligent behavior demonstrated by microbes as compiled from the ... Read More

Biofuels in Puerto Rico (MWV30)

Puerto Rico is widely known as the "La Isla del Encanto," which translated means "The Island of Enchantment." And while its beaches, tropical rain forest, and biolumescent bays are wonders of nature, the island is not without its problems. From energy needs to economics, Puerto Rico shares ma... Read More

Emerging Diseases - Conversations from Penn State

From malaria to e-coli to newly evolved strains of swine flu, infectious diseases are on the rise worldwide. Peter Hudson, founding director of the Penn State Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics and the director of the Huck Institutes of Life Sciences at Penn State, discusses the dynamics of ... Read More

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