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Exophiala jeanselmei. Some conidiophores are very short lateral pegs on hyphae. LCB stain Read More

A new way to think about the 5-second rule

Today is apparently Dropped Food Day, with two articles coming out about dropped food safety and ethics. This entry from the LA Times has a pretty funny flow chart for making a decision on whether to eat a dropped piece of food and it references a recent study into the actual biology of the 5-se... Read More

Parasites: ‘Tropical’ Diseases Are Common in Arctic Dwellers, a Survey Finds

The kind of worm and protozoan infections that are often called neglected “tropical” diseases are also common among aboriginal peoples living in the Arctic, according to a recent survey.

Outbreaks of trichinosis, a larval-worm disease commonly associated with eating undercooked pork and carn... Read More

Micro eGuide Video - Tube Transfers

The Micro eGuide presents how to perform a tube transfer. Read More

UCF professor's vaccine could be lethal weapon against malaria, cholera

Mankind may finally have a weapon to fight two of the world's deadliest diseases.

A University of Central Florida biomedical researcher has developed what promises to be the first low-cost dual vaccine against malaria and cholera.

There is no FDA approved vaccine to prevent malaria, a mosq... Read More

The Three-Second Rule: How safe is it?

(Excerpted from MomLogic.com, a discussion site on parenting. The comments below the story provide an interesting insight into people's reaction to Dr. Tierno's advice)

Momlogic's Vivian: My kids have done it. Your kids have done it. A chocolate chip cookie or some other irresistible morsel o... Read More

A New Way to Look for Diseases’ Genetic Roots

The hunt for the genetic roots of common diseases has hit a blank wall.

The genetic variants found so far account in most cases for a small fraction of the genetic risk of the major killers. So where is the missing heritability and why has it not showed up?

A Duke geneticist now suggests ... Read More

Unwanted Guests: How Herpes Simplex Virus Gets Rid of the Cell's Security Guards

A viral infection is like an uninvited, tenacious houseguest in the cell, using a range of tricks to prevent its eviction. Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have identified one of the key proteins allowing herpes simplex virus (HSV) DNA to fly under the radar of their host... Read More

An Introduction to Viruses - Kahn Academy

An introduction to viruses created by Salman Khan of The Khan Academy, a one person, not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere.

While the Kahn Academy has over 25 videos devoted to topics in biology, there are hundreds more in a va... Read More

Two-pronged immune response offers hope for effective Salmonella vaccine

Poster's note - with one of my favorite foods being recalled due to salmonella contamination (http://www.microbeworld.org/index.php?option=com_jlibrary&view=article&id=2567)) , this study is of great importance:

In developed countries, nontyphoidal Salmonella (NTS) strains are mainly food-bor... Read More

Microbe Theater - Episode 11

The final episode of Microbe Theater - a wrap up of the series. Read More

Tree Shrew Offers Small-Animal Model of Hepatitis C Virus Infection

Researchers from Japan suggest that the tree shrew may be a practical small-animal model for studying the progression of human hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. This discovery would replace the need for rare and expensive studies using chimpanzees, currently the only validated animal model for ... Read More

AIDS and the challenges of aging

Cape Cod's older HIV patients — in their 60s and beyond — face a number of health and day-to-day-living problems unique to their age.

But at the same time, they're among the lucky few to have resilient genes in the face of the deadly virus.

Of the 250 HIV-positive clients of Cape Cod Healt... Read More

Could Black-Market Botox Makers Supply Terrorists with Botulinum Toxin?

Black market labs that manufacture the beauty drug Botox could also provide terrorists with the deadly botulinum toxin, officials and security experts warn. U.S. scientists found that a biologist with a master's degree and $2,000 worth of equipment could easily make enough pure toxin to theoreti... Read More

Gastric ulcer bacteria turn immune defense inwards

Despite a strong response from our immune defence, the body is unable to rid itself of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori. One reason for this is that this bacterium encourages elements of the immune response to remain in tissue, activating the wrong immune cells. Research results that pave the w... Read More

Chaperonins Prompt Proper Protein Folding -- But How?

In proper society of yesterday, a chaperone ensured that couples maintained appropriate courting rituals. In biology, a group of proteins called chaperonins make sure that proteins are folded properly to carry out their assigned roles in the cells.

In a new study in archaea (single-celled org... Read More

Living the High Life Is Risky Business for Toads Under Threat from Fungus

Midwife toads that live in the mountains are highly likely to die from a serious fungal infection, called chytridiomycosis, whereas their infected relatives in the lowlands are not, according to new research published January 24 in Ecology Letters.

The authors of the study, from Imperial Coll... Read More

'Poop' dermatitis linked to fashionable toilet seats, harsh chemicals

Considered a dermatological nuisance that was long gone, skin irritations caused by toilet seats appear to be making a comeback in paediatricians' offices, according to research led by Johns Hopkins Children's Centre investigator Bernard Cohen, M.D.

'Toilet seat dermatitis is one of those leg... Read More

Dog Flu Risk Highest Where Canines Mingle

Nowadays, even Fido fears the flu.

Boarding kennels and shelters in at least eight states -- New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, Colorado, Georgia and Florida -- saw outbreaks of canine influenza virus last year. The highly contagious respiratory infection targets dogs of ... Read More

Pork from pigs exposed to H1N1 virus is safe, researchers say

Reporting from Columbus, Ga. - You can't get the " swine flu" virus by pigging out on barbecue, even if the pigs you used for chow had the disease, the federal government has confirmed.

A new study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture provided "additional confirmation" that meat fr... Read More

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