German researchers at the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research have developed a method of identifying bacteria by scanning their DNA for short, repetitive segments. Each type of bacteria has unique segments that repeat. This method allows identification using just a fraction of the DNA analys... Read More
Estimates of the proportion of people who will die if infected with swine flu are flawed, say UK researchers.
Currently, the death rate in the UK and the US is estimated at about 0.5 per cent of people who have been infected with the virus. And, accurate estimates are needed so that health au... Read More
According to the BBC, "reports have emerged of people intentionally mixing with friends who have flu. Their reasoning is that it is best to be infected before the winter when the virus could become more deadly. But public health expert Dr Richard Jarvis, chairman of the British Medical Associati... Read More
"On Tuesday, Exxon plans to announce an investment of $600 million in producing liquid transportation fuels from algae — organisms in water that range from pond scum to seaweed. The biofuel effort involves a partnership with Synthetic Genomics, a biotechnology company founded by the genomics pio... Read More
A new study could introduce a pain-free vaccination strategy that works against ear infections developed by Lauren Bakaletz, PhD, director of the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in collaboration with John Clements, PhD, at Tulane Univ... Read More
An interesting article in the New Scientist looks at solving Darwin's Dilemma, that is, in Darwin's words from the first edition of origin of Species, "If my theory be true, it is indisputable that before the lowest Silurian stratum was deposited... the world swarmed with living creatures. To th... Read More
One of the continuing mysteries of the HIV/AIDS epidemic is why women usually develop lower viral levels than men following acute HIV-1 infection but progress faster to AIDS than men with similar viral loads. Now a research team based at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH... Read More
A study published in Monday's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences makes the case that the last century's deadliest pandemic, the 1918 Flu, may not have emerged from a sudden leap from birds to humans. Instead the authors theorize that swine played a big role in the virus' evolution u... Read More
Bloomberg news is reporting that the World Health Organization will recommend countries should stop trying to test all suspected cases of swine flu, according to Keiji Fukuda, the agency’s assistant director-general of health security and environment.
The WHO suggests countries that have repo... Read More
Dr Alan Hay, director of the London-based World Influenza Centre, said the extensive summer outbreak in Britain had not followed expected patterns and warned the Department of Health needed to be prepared for a more deadly form of the disease.
"We have been a little surprised by the degree of... Read More
The UK's Business Continuity Institute and The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union claima UK swine flu epidemic could severely disrupt transportation in London.
"There have now been 17 swine flu-related deaths in the UK, including six-year-old Chloe Buckley, from west London, who died o... Read More
French scientists have gained new insight into how the body protects itself from a protozoan parasite named Leishmania donovani which causes a disease called Kala azar. Everyone still with me here? Read More
Genes found in E. coli are also seen across other species, which suggests that not only are these previously unknown genes essential to survival, they might be important in future cancer research. Read More
In this series of four brief video clips from Washington State University produced by Adam Ratliff and Cherie Winner for Washington State Magazine Online, microbiologist Cynthia Haseltine describes how she's working to understand the process of DNA repair and the causes of lymphoma, ... Read More
A new post on the Bulletin for Atomic Scientists website reviews the U.S. Army's revised regulations for its biomedical labs. The updated requirements intends to clarify vague language in civilian biological agents guidelines. In addition, "the new regulations establish stricter controls on t... Read More
"A fully licensed swine flu vaccine might not be available until the end of the year, a top official at the World Health Organization said Monday, in a report that could affect many countries' vaccination plans.
But countries could use emergency provisions to get the vaccines out quicker if t... Read More
The New Scientist reports "vaccine producers have hit a snag making vaccine against the swine flu pandemic. According to a report by the World Health Organisation, the fastest-growing of all the vaccine strains tested so far grows only half as fast as ordinary vaccine viruses."
On behalf of the ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting Program Committee and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), we invite you to participate in the 8th ASM Biodefense Research Meeting to be held in Baltimore, MD February 21-24, 2010.
Since October 2001, ASM has focus... Read More
A recent paper published in PLoS One describes a systems biology approach that models how Staphylococcus aureus develops methicillin resistance.
The obtained results by our integrated approach show that the model describes correctly the whole phenomenon of the methicillin resistance and is ab... Read More
This article hearkens back to they day when leeches were considered a standard treatment for removing "bad blood." It's interesting that many are now starting to see some health value with parasitic worm infection, especially in the treatment of allergies. For example "one study conducted in Tai... Read More