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Teen Diagnoses Her Own Disease in Science Class

This is an amazing story:

"For eight years, Jessica Terry suffered from stomach pain so horrible, it brought her to her knees. The pain, along with diarrhea, vomiting and fever, made her so sick, she lost weight and often had to miss school.

Her doctors, no matter how hard they tried, cou... Read More

The Softer Side of Craig Venter

The San Francisco Chronicle has published a light-hearted interview with J. Craig Venter, "one of the leading scientists of the 21st century, a man who has rattled the establishment, turned biology into a high-stakes race and was the first human being to have his entire genome sequenced." I say ... Read More

WHO: Swine flu pandemic has begun, 1st in 41 years

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The World Health Organization told its member nations it was declaring a swine flu pandemic Thursday — the first global flu epidemic in 41 years — as infections climbed in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America and elsewhere.

In a ... Read More

H1N1 | Swine Flu Officially a Pandemic, Says WHO

Breaking News from the WHO via SkyNews:

In a statement to member countries, the WHO said it decided to raise the pandemic alert level from phase five to six, meaning that a global outbreak of swine flu has begun.

The decision was made after the UN health agency held an emergency meeting on... Read More

Mapping and Predicting Swine Flu|H1N1 Spread

Here's a video from the New Scientist on how experts are tracking and predicting the spread of Swine Flu. The video is originally sourced from Northwestern University. Unfortunately the New Scientist doesn't tell you who's speaking or what research group is doing this work, but it's interesting ... Read More

Rotavirus: Every Child Should Be Vaccinated Against Diarrheal Disease, W.H.O. Says

The World Health Organization recommended last week that the vaccine against rotavirus, a diarrheal disease that kills 500,000 children a year, be given to every child in the world.

More than 85 percent of those deaths are of poor children in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and the W.H.O. end... Read More

Despite Odds, Cities Race to Bet on Biotech

Where a textile mill once drove the economy of this blue-collar town northeast of Charlotte, an imposing neoclassical complex is rising, filled with fine art, Italian marble and multimillion-dollar laboratory equipment. Three buildings, one topped by a giant dome, form the beginnings of what has... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 6

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E. coli on media from urine culture

This is an interesting image I found on Flickr. The shiny yellowish/green stuff is e.coli. It is growing on media and from a urine culture. Read More

Antibiotics, Antimicrobials And Antifungals In Waterways

Antibiotics, antimicrobials and antifungals are seeping into the waterways of North America, Europe and East Asia, according to an investigation published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP). Authored by Université de Montréal and Environment Canada researchers, ... Read More

Mycoplasma pneumoniae. Macrophotograph of 16mm petri dish containing microcolonies characteristics of broth-grown Mycoplasma pneumoniae

Mycoplasma pneumoniae. Macrophotograph of 16mm petri dish containing microcolonies characteristics of broth-grown Mycoplasma pneumoniae Read More

Food, inc. The Movie Opens This Friday

Just in time for discussions on the Food Safety Enhancement Act is the Friday opening of a new documentary called Food, Inc. From the official website - "Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the ... Read More

Probiotics are for the dogs.

Sciam reports that "many animals, including man's best friend, also suffer from both short-lived and chronic digestive woes. As a result, some veterinarians have begun prescribing supplements containing friendly bacteria, or "probiotics," to ease related symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, gas ... Read More

Arctic Thaw May Release a Methane Timebomb

The Scientific American has a new article out that looks at the potential impact of global warming on methane release in the arctic.

"In a complete Arctic thaw, these lakes could discharge a whopping 50 billion tons of methane: 10 times the amount already helping to heat the planet.

Whethe... Read More

Energy and Commerce Leaders Release Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 Draft

For those of you interested in the Food Safety Enhancement Act click source above to view the official discussion site, see a pdf of the draft language and view a pdf summary document. This is currently being discussed in the House today. Read More

House to Update Food Safety Enhancement Act

Looks like today is the day that the House will mark up the Food Safety Enhancement Act that will put into place new food safety regulations.

here are some highlights from the draft bill via the Daily Kos:

* Gives the FDA mandatory recall authority.

* Requires all food producers... Read More

New Accurate Diagnostic Test For Swine H1N1 Influenza Using RT-PCR Technology

A new, easy-to-perform method for detecting both seasonal influenza A virus and the emerging H1N1 swine-derived influenza A virus in human clinical samples offers a fast, sensitive, and cost-effective diagnostic test that runs on standard laboratory equipment. This timely and broadly applicable ... Read More

Cleaning Air With Bacteria?

Yes, it sounds crazy, but Bio-Reaction Industries says it has devised a way to exploit bacteria to cleanse the air inside paint shops and factories.

Water, microorganisms, soil and a ball that could pass like a cat toy: Together, they can drastically cut the cost of air purification, accordin... Read More

Structure Of Bacteria Responsible For Traveler's Diarrhea Identified

Montezuma's Revenge explained?

Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), the Naval Medical Research Center and the National Institutes of Health, have solved the structure of thin hair-like fibers called "pili" or "fimbriae" on the surface of bacteria that cause traveler's d... Read More

P.S.I. – Are my soybeans wearing different genes?

At points this student made video borders on the absurd, but that's what makes Plant Science Investigations fun to watch.

"The video PSI – Are my soybeans wearing different genes? is inspired by the popular TV show “CSI-crime scene investigations”. Here, however, the investigators are solvin... Read More
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