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Swine flu vaccine may not be ready for next wave

The World Health Organization is now considering whether to advise the world's vaccine makers to switch from ordinary flu vaccine to the swine flu one. While a pandemic declaration is still probable, and the WHO gives the go-ahead, the swine flu vaccine will arrive too late for many.

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UC Davis researchers get $2 million to develop the first electron microscope capable of filming

A proposal by a team of UC Davis scientists to develop the world’s first electron microscope capable of filming live biological processes has been awarded a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The team’s plan is to extend the capabilities of a powerful new imaging tool ca... Read More

Cholesterol-busting bug with a taste for waste

I wonder if this could replace Lipitor?

A novel species of bacteria with cholesterol-busting properties has been discovered by scientists at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. Dr Oliver Drzyzga and colleagues isolated the new bug, called Gordonia cholesterolivorans, from sewage slu... Read More

Microbial RNA Ocean Catch Surprises MIT

Press release from MIT - An ingenious new method of obtaining marine microbe samples while preserving the microbes' natural gene expression has yielded an unexpected boon: the presence of many varieties of small RNAs - snippets of RNA that act as switches to regulate gene expression in these sin... Read More

Al Jazeera Explores Swine Flu and Media Reporting

This is a great look at how traditional media and new media have impacted the public perception of swine flu/H1N1. Well worth watching. Read More

Updates: Whatever Happened to the Universal Flu Vaccine?

A goal in fighting influenza is a universal vaccine, one that works on many strains of the pathogen [see “Beating the Flu in a Single Shot”; Scientific American, June 2008]. But the virus’s outer coat, consisting mainly of proteins called hemagglutinin and neuraminidase, frequently mutate, forci... Read More

MIT Reels In RNA Surprise With Microbial Ocean Catch

An ingenious new method of obtaining marine microbe samples while preserving the microbes' natural gene expression has yielded an unexpected boon: the presence of many varieties of small RNAs — snippets of RNA that act as switches to regulate gene expression in these single-celled creatures.

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WHO is Investigating If Swine Flu is Man Made

Put your tinfoil hat on people! Virologist Adrian Gibbs, a developer of Tamiflu, suspects swine flu may have escaped from a lab. His effort to trace the virus's origins by decoding its genetic blueprint has led him to consider the possibility. In fact, the World Health Organization is taking his... Read More

Because Bacteria Can Live in Your Hair Piece

If your toupe or wig is not feeling so fresh, finally there is a product for you. This has got to be one of the cheesiest commercials I have ever seen for a sanitizing product. Thankfully I still have a full head of hair! Read More

Cheese and Microbes (MWV28)

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E.coli May Promote Bowel Cancer

Scientists at Edinburgh University have found a "strong" suggestion the bacteria is able to hamper the body's fight against bowel cancer.

They now hope the findings from their pilot study will lead to more research into the causes of the disease.

"Our laboratory work does strongly suggest... Read More

Drugs Urged for Swine Flu in Pregnancy

Pregnant women who get swine flu are at such high risk of complications like pneumonia, dehydration and premature labor that they should be treated at once with the antiviral drug Tamiflu — even though it is not normally recommended in pregnancy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sa... Read More

Soil Nitrogen Test Measures Microbial Nitrogen

Contrary to the prevailing view, cereal crops derive the majority of their nitrogen from the soil, not fertilizer. Soils differ considerably in microbial activities that determine nitrogen-supplying power, and these differences must be taken into account if nitrogen fertilizers are to be used ef... Read More

Analysis Of Flu Virus Could Lead To Better Vaccines

A team of Princeton University scientists may have found a better way to make a vaccine against the flu virus.

Though theoretical, the work points to the critical importance of what has been a poorly appreciated aspect of the interaction between a virus and those naturally produced defensive ... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 2



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T4 Virus infecting a bacteria

Awesome CGI animation of a T4 virus infecting a bacterium. Read More

How Swine Flu Works

Stumbled across this short video on MetaCafe.com. Probably not the best one out there, it would be great to see a more comprehensive one. Read More

Viruses vs Prokaryotes vs Eukaryotes

A comparison of viruses, prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Read More

Many Swine Flu Cases Exhibit No Fever

Many people suffering from swine influenza, even those who are severely ill, do not have fever, an odd feature of the new virus that could increase the difficulty of controlling the epidemic, said a leading American infectious disease expert who examined cases in Mexico last week.

Fever is a ... Read More

Addressing Biosecurity Concerns Related to the Synthesis of Select Agents

DNA synthesis technology, in combination with other rapidly-evolving capabilities in the life sciences, such as directed molecular evolution and viral reverse genetics, has galvanized segments of the scientific community.1 It also has captured the attention of the general public and policymaker... Read More

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