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mHealth - Infectious Disease in a Mobile Age (MWV34)

Mobile health or mHealth is part of a movement towards citizen-centered health services delivered through cellular technologies. Mobile phones in particular are becoming a first line of defense against emerging infectious diseases by keeping healthcare practitioners and the public informed ab... Read More

UNL Research Looks to Break the Mold with Lactic Acid Bacteria

We've all experienced it. You take a lid off a bowl in the refrigerator and find those leftovers you had planned to eat covered in a disgusting white fuzzy substance. Or you reach for a slice of bread and see it has turned green.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers are working to find ... Read More

End Polio Now

Yesterday the Wrigley Building in Chicago was officially lit with Rotary International's 'End Polio Now' pledge - as was the Pyramid of Khafre in Egypt and the Obelisk in Buenos Aires. These iconic landmarks and others will provide a dramatic backdrop for an equally dramatic message: End Polio N... Read More

Virology Art: Doilies

Artist Laura Splan has created some cool doilies using viral patterns:

'The design of each doily is based on the structure of a different virus. I begin with a digital image of the virus, which I then base a design on in a graphics editor. The design is then imported into computerized embroid... Read More

Widening Use of Silver Microbicides Raises Several Sets of Concerns

Silver is an age-old, effective microbicide, but one whose commercial use is growing way too rapidly, says Samuel Luoma of the University of California, Davis. Consumer products, including socks, underwear, towels, toothbrushes, paper towels, teddy bears, combs for pets, and food containers, are... Read More

Virus hybridization could create pandemic bird flu

Genetic interactions between avian H5N1 influenza and human seasonal influenza viruses have the potential to create hybrid strains combining the virulence of bird flu with the pandemic ability of H1N1, according to a new study.

In laboratory experiments in mice, a single gene segment from a h... Read More

NIH, FDA Start $6.8M 'Microscope to Marketplace' Effort

The National Institutes of Health and the US Food and Drug Administration today unveiled a new joint effort aimed at developing ways to translate new biomedical discoveries through regulation and into pharmacies and hospitals.

Focused on advancing and intertwining translational and regulatory... Read More

MacArthur "Genius" Grant winner Bassler speaks bacteria language

Princeton microbiology professor Bonnie Bassler, 2002 MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, spoke to a crowd of faculty and students Tuesday at Smith.

Bassler's talk, titled "Tiny Conspiracies: Cell-to-Cell Communication in Bacteria," addressed t... Read More

How To Sell Germ Warfare: Can hand sanitizers like Purell really stop people from getting the flu?

Our homes and workplaces, we're told, are trying to kill us. Recently, a University of Arizona microbiologist named Charles Gerba, author of hundreds of scientific papers about household microbes, gave a terrifying lecture at the offices of the Food and Drug Administration. Gerba—who, incidental... Read More

Swine flu pandemic has not peaked, the WHO says

It is "premature" to declare that the swine flu epidemic has peaked, a panel of experts convened by the World Health Organization said Tuesday. The panel had been widely expected to say that the outbreak of pandemic H1N1 influenza had passed its peak and was now tailing off. The experts cautione... Read More

Why Won't Anyone Clean Me?

For its new fridge, Whirlpool Corp. spent months inventing a shelf with microscopic etching so it can hold a can of spilled soda.

The technology is just one weapon against a dirty kitchen secret: Most Americans clean their fridges only once or twice a year.

Now, appliance makers like Whir... Read More

The real Avatar: ocean bacteria act as 'superorganism'

(note - this article covers the same research as http://www.microbeworld.org/index.php?option=com_jlibrary&view=article&id=2864, but offers a different perspective)

In the movie Avatar, the Na'avi people of Pandora plug themselves into a network that links all elements of the biosphere, from ... Read More

Bacteria drive electric mud?

Underwater mud can conduct electricity, possibly with the help of bacteria in the sediment -- a result that helps explain the large amount of electrical activity researchers have detected in ocean sediments, a study published in this week's in Nature reports.

The finding could change how rese... Read More

FDA Approves New Version Of Pfizer's Prevnar Vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a new version of the widely used children's vaccine Prevnar.

The current Prevnar vaccine is given to infants and toddlers to prevent against seven strains of bacteria known as streptococcus pneumoniae that cause a range of illnesses like ... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 42

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Los temas que vamos a tratar esta semana son: digestión anaeróbica, transmisión viral, economía basada en el hidrógeno y, para terminar, productos lácteos endulzados con bacterias.

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Does the U.S. Produce Too Many Scientists?

For years, Americans have heard blue-ribbon commissions and major industrialists bemoan a shortage of scientists caused by an inadequate education system. A lack of high-tech talent, these critics warn, so threatens the nation’s continued competitiveness that the U.S. must drastically upgrade it... Read More

Fine Reading: Yet Another Reason to Appreciate Fungi

Writing in 'Small Things Considered', Elio Schaechter explores how fungi have shaped our understanding of mammalian immunology.

This blog, known as it for taking up the cause of the underdog, was fortified by reading How Fungi Have Shaped Our Understanding of Mammalian Immunology in a recent ... Read More

Raw Milk Recall Underway in WA

A regulated raw milk diary in Washington State Tuesday recalled its raw fluid milk because it may be contaminated with dangerous Escherichia coli bacteria (E. coli).

The recall came after the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) found raw milk at Jackie's Jersey Milk was contamin... Read More

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Gene Regulation: Can We Stomach It? New Technique Fights Against Cause of Peptic Ulcer Disease and Gastric Cancer

A breakthrough in decoding gene regulation of Helicobacter pylori has been made by an international research team led by Jörg Vogel of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin. Using a newly developed sequencing technique, the researchers discovered 60 small ribonucleic acids (sR... Read More

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