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Rabies the third-biggest infectious disease killer in China

Despite economic and healthcare advances, the majority of China has not had easy access to human rabies vaccines and the disease has risen in recent years from fewer than 200 cases in the 1990s to 3,302 in 2007. This statistic makes rabies the third-biggest infectious disease killer in China aft... Read More

H1N1 may cause seizures in children

The NY Times is reporting that CDC officials are alerting doctors that H1N1/swine flu may cause seizures, after four children were hospitalized in Texas for neurological complications. All four children fully recovered without complications after being treated at a Dallas hospital.

"The annou... Read More

Interview with Craig Venter on designing algae to produce oil and partnering with Exxon Mobil

This is a short but interesting interview in the New Scientist that explores Craig Venter's partnership with Exxon Mobil to turn living algae into oil producing factories.

When asked what the desired outcome will be, Venter says:

"Our aim is to have a real and significant impact on the bil... Read More

All Your Biomass Are Belong to Us

"When Robotic Technology, Inc., and Cyclone Power Technologies announced earlier this month they had completed the first phase of their project to build a robotic vehicle that could scavenge sticks, grass, leaves and other biomass to fuel itself, the companies had no idea that their proposed mac... Read More

Could Bacteria-Filled Balloons Stop the Spread of the Sahara?

While many are supporting the idea of building a green wall of vegetation (i.e. trees) to prevent the march of sands on the creeping southern border of the Sahara, Architect Magnus Larsson is proposing that we also solidify the dunes using bacteria-filled balloons.

At a recent TED conference... Read More

150 Dead in Nepal Due to Cholera Outbreak

"The causative agent of cholera, Vibrio cholerae, has been detected in stool samples collected from the Jajarkot district in Nepal where more than 150 persons died of diarrhea in recent weeks.

When five suspected samples were subjected to laboratory test in Kathmandu following the Ministry of... Read More

Discarded chicken parts may provide an abundant source of biodiesel fuel

"Scientists in Nevada are reporting development of a new and environmentally friendly process for producing biodiesel fuel from "chicken feather meal," made from the 11 billion pounds of poultry industry waste that accumulate annually in the United States alone."

Here's the secret recipe:

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100 Incredible Lectures from the World’s Top Scientists

This blog posting has links to 100 lectures by notable scientists in the areas of biology and medicine, earth and environment and much more. It says, "thanks to the Internet, and our list of 100 incredible lectures, you’ve now got access to the cutting edge theories and projects that are changin... Read More

5 percent of penguins in the Galapagos may harbor malaria parasite

Biologists studying the penguins of Galapagos islands have found evidence that the animals harbor the malaria parasite plasmodium.

"Iris Levin of the University of Missouri at St Louis and her colleagues took blood samples from 362 Galapagos penguins – already listed as being threatened with ... Read More

AIDS-like disease found in wild chimpanzees

An international consortium has found that wild chimpanzees naturally infected with Simian Immunodeficiency Viruses (SIV) – long thought to be harmless to the apes – can contract an AIDS-like syndrome and die as a result. The findings are published in the July 23 edition of the journal Nature.
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2009 MicrobeLibrary Editor's Choice Award Winner: Mud and Microbes: a Time-Lapse Photographic Exploration of a Sediment Bacterial Community

Each year the ASM's MicrobeLibrary Visual Collection Editorial Committee presents the Editor's Choice Award to three visual resources (one animation, one still image, and one video) published over the past year. The chosen resources exemplify the criteria for publication in the MicrobeLibrary. T... Read More

New vaccine blocks malaria transmission in lab experiments

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute have for the first time produced a malarial protein (Pfs48/45) in the proper conformation and quantity to generate a significant immune response in mice and non-human primates for use in a potential transmission-blocking vaccine. Antibo... Read More

NIAID to start clinical trials of H1N1 vaccine

Scientists in a network of medical research institutions across the United States are set to begin a series of clinical trials to gather critical data about influenza vaccines, including two candidate H1N1 flu vaccines. The research will be under the direction of the National Institute of Allerg... Read More

Syphilis making comeback, gonorrhea more treatment resistant

According to Dr. David H. Martin, Professor and Chief of the Section of Infectious Diseases at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Medicine, "the number of cases of the asymptomatic Chlamydia trachomatis, the most common reportable infectious disease in the US, is growing; gonorrhea... Read More

The CDC stops reporting confirmed and probable H1N1 flu cases

Instead of reporting confirmed and probable novel H1N1 flu cases, the CDC has transitioned to using its traditional flu surveillance systems to track the progress of both the novel H1N1 flu pandemic and seasonal influenza. The CDC believes "confirmed and probable case counts represent a signific... Read More

2009 MicrobeLibrary Editor's Choice Award Winner: Fruiting Bodies and Mature Basidiospores of the Stalked Puffball Mushroom, Calostoma sp.

Each year the ASM's MicrobeLibrary Visual Collection Editorial Committee presents the Editor's Choice Award to three visual resources (one animation, one still image, and one video) published over the past year. The chosen resources exemplify the criteria for publication in the MicrobeLibrary. T... Read More

Milking Algae to Produce Biofuel

Researchers from Canada and India have published a thorough paper in the American Chemical Society’s bi-monthly journal Industrial Engineering & Chemical Research on various approaches, challenges and benefits of “milking” oil from single-cell algae known as diatoms.

"In this communication, ... Read More

Alzheimer's Disease: A Case of Mistaken Identity?

In a new study published today (July 22) in the July issue of the journal Cell Host & Microbe, UC Davis researchers report that both amyloid plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients and structures made by some gut bacteria likely elicit the same response by human immune cells.

"Alz... Read More

Sequencing the Sea with Craig Venter

Filmed in Feb. 2005, genomics pioneer Craig Venter takes a break from his epic round-the-world expedition to talk about the millions of genes his team has discovered so far in its quest to map the ocean’s biodiversity. Read More

Swine flu could strike up to 40 percent in 2 years

U.S. health officials say swine flu could strike up to 40 percent of Americans over the next two years and as many as several hundred thousand could die if a vaccine campaign and other measures aren't successful.

Those estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mean about t... Read More

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