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Salmonella peanut company hit with huge fine

The company whose salmonella-tainted peanut products made 691 people sick and may have killed nine others has been fined $14.6 million.

The Texas Department of State Health Services yesterday fined Plainview Peanut Corp. — a plant owned by the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), the company ... Read More

Novel Method Predicts Impact Of A Covert Anthrax Release

A new statistical method that can estimate the origin and time of an aerosolized release of the pathogen causing anthrax, following detection of the first few cases has been developed by researchers from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling at Imperial Co... Read More

Bonnie Bassler: Discovering bacteria's amazing communication system

Bonnie Bassler, ASM President-elect, gave a rousting presentation on how bacteria communicate at TED that has Twitter and the rest of the online science-interested community buzzing. Read More

Scientists fight bluetongue by hunting midges

A good video on YouTube shows how UK scientists are combining ingenious ways to trap and monitor midges, one of the vectors of bluetongue virus, with cutting edge computer modeling and weather predictions. Read More

MTS23 - Jo Handelsman - The Science of Bug Guts

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clostridium sporogenes - sporoangia and sports, crystal violet (1000x)

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Smoking HIV Meds to Get High?!?! What will the Kids Think of Next?

This is crazy. People South Africa have found a new use for efavirenz , an antiretroviral drug that prevents HIV from making copies of itself in the body, by crushing it up and smoking it to get high. "When taken as prescribed, efavirenz can cause side effects, including drowsiness and vivid, co... Read More

PEPFAR Efforts May Prevent Death from AIDS, But Hasn't Halted Spread of HIV

According to an evaluation study of the The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in Africa released in the May 19, 2009 edition of the Annals of Medicine, the difference in the annual change in the number of HIV-related deaths was 10.5% lower in the focus countries than the control countr... Read More

Easter Chocolate in Peril!!!

The Easter bunny may not be bringing chocolate to the tots this year according to an article in the New Scientist that say a viral infection is impacting cacao trees on the Ivory Coast and a fungal infection called Witches Broom is doing the same for the cacao tree in Brazil. Thumbnail by Lexng... Read More

Researchers Believe HIV is Becoming more Virulent

A press release from the Infectious Disease Society states "damage to patients’ immune systems is happening sooner now than it did at the beginning of the HIV epidemic, suggesting the virus has become more virulent," according to a new study in the May 1, 2009 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseas... Read More

Ebola accident puts vaccine to the test

Did an experimental vaccine save a scientist in Germany from Ebola? The lives of others who work with the deadly virus might ride on the answer. On 12 March a woman working at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNI) in Hamburg accidentally pricked her finger with a needle carryi... Read More

Spring Fishing Season Arrives... And With It, Amphibian Diseases

Waterdogs, they're called, these larvae of tiger salamanders used as live bait for freshwater fishing. With tiger salamander larvae, anglers hope to catch largemouth bass, channel catfish and other freshwater fishes. They may be in for more than they bargained for: salamanders in bait shops in A... Read More

Evolution-proof Insecticides May Stall Malaria Forever

Killing just the older mosquitoes would be a more sustainable way of controlling malaria, according to entomologists who add that the approach may lead to evolution-proof insecticides that never become obsolete. Each year malaria -- spread through mosquito bites -- kills about a million people, ... Read More

New MRSA Diagnostic Test - No Cultures, No DNA Amplification

A sensitive new diagnostic test for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)--a drug-resistant bacterium that can run rampant in hospitals--could help broaden access to fast, cheap testing. The test, being developed by Adnavance Technologies, a startup in San Diego, is simpler to perfo... Read More

TWiV 27 - Leaving Latency

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DC Science Writers - Professional Development Day, April 18, 2009

The theme for this year's Professional Development Day is "renewing your career." Sessions include a plenary on coping with change, the ever-popular pitch slam, a panel on how to shoot and edit video, and another on why you might want to, and a plenary on harnessing social media. The cost (which... Read More

Canadian Hospitals Cautioned Against Using

More than 70% or Quebec's health care facilities use environmentally safe cleaning products to keep germs at bay, but health officials are warning that these products are ineffective at preventing the transmission of pathogens.

"With little regulation in the area, many manufacturers are marke... Read More

Bacterial Rice Diseases Examined For Genetic Solutions

As a major food source for much of the world, rice is one of the most important plants on earth. Keeping it safe from disease has become, in part, the task of a group of three researchers from Iowa State University and one from Kansas State University. The researchers are looking at two bacteria... Read More

Amphibians May Develop Immunity To Fatal Fungus

Amphibian populations are declining worldwide, principally because of the spread of the fungal disease chytridiomycosis. Researchers know that some amphibian populations and species are innately more susceptible to the disease than others. Read More

XDR TB May Be A Ticking Time Bomb

At a conference in Beijing, China, World Health Organization officials announced that "the growing prevalence of drug-resistant tuberculosis is a potentially explosive situation." Countries participating in the talks are expected to commit themselves to scale up their TB diagnosis and treatment ... Read More

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