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Swine Flu: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Outbreak

Concern that the world could be on the brink of the first influenza pandemic in more than 40 years escalated Sunday as France, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Spain reported potential new cases in which people had been infected with swine flu and Canada confirmed several new cases. In the U.S., where... Read More

A Guide to Malaria

In observation of World Malaria Day this April 25, 2009 Scientific American has published a great online resource for people interested in malaria. "The international community has just two years to meet the United Nations's 2010 goal of providing protection and treatment to every person threate... Read More

Canadian man treated for mysterious illness, possible relation to swine flu?

The mysterious Swine Flu is all the rage in the papers today. New report from Canada - A Cornwall Crown attorney who returned from Mexico with a mysterious illness is believed to be one of a handful of people in Ontario who may be linked to an outbreak that is confounding health authorities, pro... Read More

CDC Press Conference at 2:30 p.m. EST April 23, 2009 on Swine Flu

CDC will host a press briefing to discuss an update in the investigation of cases of swine influenza in California and Texas. CDC issued an MMWR dispatch on Tuesday April 21. The briefing will update information included in the dispatch. Read More

A First! Genome of Foodborne Pathogen Arcobacter Exposed

This comes from the ARS... "Agricultural Research Service microbiologist William Miller and colleagues have deciphered the sequence of the bacterium’s genetic material. This scientific coup—a first for any of the world’s Arcobacters—may speed discovery of innovative ways to control the microbial... Read More

Could Llama Blood Save Your Life in a Bioterror Attack?

This week's guest blogger on BoingBoing.net Maggie Koerth-Baker has an interesting post about the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's research into using specific antibodies from Llama blood as a possible detection measure for Small Pox, Anthrax and other harmful agents. "Llama blood may one day b... Read More

Bacterial biocontrol product improves potato yields

Now if only Ireland had this product in 1845... Injecting beneficial bacteria into the furrow when planting potatoes could help increase marketable yields and decrease skin blemishes, according to trials.

The microbes in Omex's Biomex Starter - a liquid formulation of the naturally-occurring ... Read More

Study Says Cannabinoids Show "Exceptional" Antibacterial Activity Against MRSA

Not sure if I buy into this idea, especially since the press release doesn't definitively say anything. However, it is interesting... Dr. Robert Melamede, PhD., Director and Chief Science Officer, reported to the Board on the current state of research into the use of natural plant cannabinoids t... Read More

Strange new flu virus strikes 7in the U.S.

Seven people have been diagnosed with a strange and unusual new kind of swine flu in California and Texas, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday. All seven people have recovered but the virus itself is a never-before-seen mixture of viruses typical among pigs, ... Read More

FDA clears human trials for malaria vaccine from mosquito spit

A unique malaria vaccine extracted from the saliva of infected mosquitoes this week received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration to be tested in people.

Unlike other malaria vaccines under development, the one from saliva is a weakened version of the entire parasite, Plasmodium... Read More

Scientific American Reorganizations puts it within the Nature Publishing Group

Looks like the recession is starting to strike home at popular science news mediums. This blog post is currently breaking the story... "The recession has finally come to Scientific American. Editor in chief John Rennie and half a dozen or so of his underlings are leaving amid a major reorganizat... Read More

Syracuse University professors make a breakthough in biofilm formation

SU professors Dacheng Ren and Yan-Yeung Luk have created a platform to control biofilm formation in specific patterns over extended periods of time. They can now manipulate and confine biofilm growth four times longer than previous technologies.
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New Diagnostic for Deadly Listeria

Scientists in Indiana are reporting development of a new biosensor for use in a faster, more sensitive test for detecting the deadliest strain of Listeria food poisoning bacteria. Read More

A new electrical farting machine could improve fuel cell technology

I think Discovery.com just used the word "fart" to drive traffic, but it's a notable story nonetheless - It sounds like a gag gift instead of serious science, but a new electrical farting machine could improve fuel cell technology by turning C02 in the atmosphere into methane.

The technique w... Read More

3 Vials of Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis Missing from Fort Detrick

From CNN - The Army's Criminal Investigation Command agents have been visiting Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland, to investigate the disappearance of the vials. Christopher Grey, spokesman for the command, said this latest investigation has found "no evidence of criminal activity." Read More

Of Terms in Biology: Obligate Parasite

Here's an interesting blog post from www.smallthingsconsidered.us about the definition of Obligate Parasite. Read More

MTS25 - Parisa Ariya - Bioaerosols: The Living Atmosphere

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Gorillas vs. charcoal: Biomass to the rescue

Every day, Virunga National Park gets a little bit smaller. The forest, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is one of the last homes of the majestic mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei). It is also the main source of energy—in the form of wood—for the millions of people who live in area... Read More

Viruses could kill superbugs that antibiotics can't

A VIRUS that gobbles up the bacteria that cause debilitating ear infections could become the next weapon against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, after the first clinical trial of a bacteriophage treatment proved successful.

The trouble with bacteria is that they can evolve to outsmart antibiot... Read More

Polio: New Outbreak of Polio in Africa Prompts Appeal for Vaccine Financing

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has made an emergency appeal for millions of dollars to fight a new polio outbreak across Africa. “Polio is spreading again, including in countries such as Uganda which had been polio-free for more than a decade,” said Dr. Tamm... Read More

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