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Meningitis C vaccine 'wears off in early teens'

Three-quarters of children vaccinated against meningitis C lose their protection against the disease by their early teens, research suggests. The Oxford team which did the work says its findings fuel calls for a booster jab to be offered to adolescents. The study of 250 children aged six to 12, ... Read More

Inhalable Measles Vaccine Seen as Treatment Boon

Researchers say that a dry, inhalable vaccine developed for measles prevention may also help pave the way for the inexpensive treatment of a range of other illnesses.

More immediately, news of the vaccine should be especially welcomed by less-developed nations, where there is more limited acc... Read More

Biologists Discover an Extra Layer of Protection for Bacterial Spores

Bacterial spores, the most resistant organisms on earth, carry an extra coating of protection previously undetected, a team of microbiologists reports in the latest issue of the journal Current Biology. Their findings offer additional insight into why spores of the bacteria that cause botulism, ... Read More

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Jesper writes:

Dear Professors,

Having upped my daily dose of podcasts I stumbled upon This Week In Science. The latest show (http://www.twis.org/audio/2010/03/09/438/) they mentioned something that probably comes within your sphere of interest, namely the fin... Read More

TWiV 81: Be a virus, see the world

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On episode #81 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent and Rich answer listener questions on viruses and gluten allergy, RNA silencing, influenza virus, herpes simplex virus, HIV/AIDS, chronic... Read More

Porcine circovirus DNA found in RotaTeq

The US Food and Drug Administration recently recommended that administration of Glaxo SmithKline’s Rotarix vaccine, which protects against rotavirus infection, be suspended after an independent research group found that the vaccine contains DNA of porcine circovirus type 1. Now the FDA reports f... Read More

A year later, 5 lessons from swine flu outbreak

Last April, a strange new virus was sickening and killing patients in Mexico. It showed up in two children at a California clinic. Identified as a new form of H1N1, or swine flu, it quickly became a test of the USA's preparations for an epidemic and the public's ability to cope with fear of the ... Read More

Kon-Tiki, Bacteria Style

Dangerous bacteria may be rafting their way to a beach near you. New research reveals that, just like a rat clinging to a piece of floating wood after a flood, pathogenic microorganisms can set up shop aboard drifting bits of fish feces and other debris and ride them to far-flung destinations. U... Read More

FDA panel members support continued use of both rotavirus vaccines despite trace contaminants

Members of a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee meeting Friday urged physicians to continue using both commercial rotavirus vaccines despite evidence that both carry trace contaminants from a harmless pig virus. The panel did not take a formal vote on a recommendation, but a majorit... Read More

Is This What Aliens Look Like?

A lake of asphalt may be the closest thing on Earth to the hydrocarbon seas on Saturn's moon Titan -- and our asphalt lakes are teeming with microbial life.

Not only could these findings help in the search for aliens in our own solar system, but they could provide insight into the evolution ... Read More

Unmasking Anthrax for Immune Destruction

Anthrax-causing bacteria can be engineered to shed their invisibility cloaks, making it easier for the immune system to eradicate it, according to a new study published in Microbiology. The work could lead to new measures to treat anthrax infection in the event of a biological warfare attack.

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FDA Press Release on Lettuce Recall

Freshway Foods1 of Sidney, Ohio, announced today a voluntary recall of certain romaine lettuce products because of the possible connection between the recalled romaine lettuce and an outbreak of foodborne disease. FDA supports this action by Freshway Foods. The outbreak, which is still under in... Read More

Indonesia: Avian flu infects two, kills one

The Indonesian government has confirmed two positive cases of avian influenza (H5N1) infection between February and April this year, killing one of them.

The first case caused the death of a four-year old girl from the Riau capital of Pekanbaru She tested positive for the H5N1 on April 28 and... Read More

Infection with Mayaro virus in a French traveller returning from the Amazon region, Brazil

Mayaro virus (MAYV) disease is a mosquitoborne zoonosis endemic in humid forests of tropical South America. MAYV is closely related to other alphaviruses that produce a dengue-like illness accompanied by long-lasting arthralgia. A French tourist developed high-grade fever and severe joint manife... Read More

Biological means to help control cassava diseases

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has announced a new project that will enable the use of biological means to control Bemisia tabaci whitefly that has ruined cassava production. The whiteflies, which are driving a dual viral epidemic including cassava mosaic disease (CMD... Read More

Outer layer of ‘crust’ keeps bacterial spores secure

Bacterial spores, the most resistant organisms on earth, carry an extra coating of protection previously undetected. The finding could shed light on why spores of the bacteria that cause botulism, tetanus, and anthrax survive methods to eradicate them. Read More

Who’s the vital link in your social network? And what this may mean for disease spread

Call them bridging individuals or critical connectors, but in social networks they’re the ones who drive the flow of information from one network to another. Now researchers have figured out a way to identify them.

The researchers also believe the same holds true for communities, where bridgi... Read More

Minilab Can Quickly Identify Antibiotic Residues in Milk, Before It Leaves the Barn

No one wants antibiotic residues in their milk. But antibiotics are sometimes used even in the dairy barn. The routine tests conducted nowadays take hours to produce a result and do not test for all of the typical antibiotics. This gap can now be closed, thanks to a fully automated minilab devel... Read More

Get Ready for an Exciting ASM 2010 in San Diego!

This year, the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) Annual Conference is in the great city of San Diego, which also happens to be the location of many leading biotech companies, including MO BIO Laboratories. We are excited to be the host city for our favorite event of the year: ASM.

Among ... Read More

Don’t blame boats for fatal fish virus

A virus that has killed large numbers of fish in several Great Lakes since 2005 may have been present for decades. The recent finding casts doubt on the theory that ships recently introduced the deadly virus.

“Viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV) could be in a lake without killing fish,”... Read More
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