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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.

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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

Finger Inoculation Gram Stain 1000X

I just received a microscope the other day with a detachable USB camera! This is one of the first photos I took on it. Not the best as I'm still learning how to use it... but there are distinct Gram positive bacilli, cocci (diplococci I believe), and Gram negative bacilli from a finger inocula... Read More

Escherichia coli and Salmonella paratyphi Flower on 2 EMB plates

I created these two plate cultures for a "most popular" photo scholarship contest on the web and amazingly I have received a nice popularity score thus far. The plates are of Eosin Methylene Blue Agar media with Escherichia coli as the stem and leaves and Salmonella paratyphi as the petels. If... Read More

Resistance to antibiotics: When 1+1 is not 2

The evolution of multiple antibiotic resistances is a global and difficult problem to eradicate. Isabel Gordo, a group leader at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC)- Portugal, reports in the paper published in the latest issue of PLoS Genetics (*), that the deleterious effect associated wi... Read More

The many faces of group A streptococcus: “flesh eating bacteria” (includes video)

The “flesh eating bacteria” is actually a relatively rare bacterial infection technically known as necrotizing fasciitis.

The most common organism that causes this devastating disease is Streptococcus pyogenes (group A strep), however other bacteria have been implicated (Clostrid... Read More

'Bacterial Computers': Genetically Engineered Bacteria Have Potential To Solve Complicated Mathematical Problems

US researchers have created 'bacterial computers' with the potential to solve complicated mathematics problems. The findings of the research demonstrate that computing in living cells is feasible, opening the door to a number of applications. The second-generation bacterial computers illustrate ... Read More

Trailer for "Under Our Skin"

From Underourskin.com - A gripping tale of microbes, medicine & money UNDER OUR SKIN investigates the untold story of Lyme disease, an emerging epidemic larger than AIDS. Each year thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, often told that their symptoms are "all in their head." Following the sto... Read More
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