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Anthrax: In Scotland, Six Heroin Users Die of Anthrax Poisoning

(ed. note, this is a follow up to a story we covered a while back at http://www.microbeworld.org/index.php?option=com_jlibrary&view=article&id=2267)

Six heroin users in Scotland have died of anthrax poisoning, and more have fallen ill, British health authorities said last week.

The suspec... Read More

Microbe Collections Accelerate Discoveries

Contact lens wearers may remember headlines from a few years ago about molds that can live on the lenses and may cause debilitating eye infections.

What lens users may not have known: Agricultural Research Service (ARS) experts at the agency's National Center for Agricultural Utilization Rese... Read More

The Efficacy of Bacteria

Marching to their own drummer. That's what bacteria from different environments do when turning toxic, mobile selenium into a less dangerous, non-mobile form, according to a study led by Dr. Carolyn Pearce. Pearce, formerly of the University of Manchester, is now conducting her research at Pacif... Read More

The Origin of Species: 1859 meets 2009 - Video Lecture by Carl Zimmer

Science writer Carl Zimmer and host of MicrobeWorld's Meet the Scientist Podcast presents a talk in Vancouver BC hosted by the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the University of British Columbia. Zimmer discusses Darwin and the evolution of diseases, including H1N1.

The talk was posted in six par... Read More

Microbe Theater - Episode 5

In episode 5 of Microbe Theater meet Saccharomyces cerevisiae, aka brewer's yeast. Read More

Ongoing Evolution May Explain Mysterious Rise in Diseases

While natural selection is best known for weeding out the weak, it may also be partly responsible for the apparent rise of some disorders, such as autism, autoimmune diseases and reproductive cancers, according to researchers.

Since evolutionary factors play a role in disease, the two fields ... Read More

Sleeping Beauty teams up with herpes to fight brain diseases

Scientists from University of Rochester Medical Centre have developed a gene therapy by bringing together herpes virus and a molecule, which will help fight diseases of the brain and nervous system.

With the new technique, they dramatically increased the size of the "genetic payload" they can... Read More

Sanofi’s Vaccine for Mosquito Virus Protects Adults, Study Says

Sanofi-Aventis SA’s experimental vaccine against dengue protected healthy volunteers against all four strains of the virus in a study, bringing the drugmaker closer to providing the first vaccine against a disease that threatens 40 percent of the world’s population.

The vaccine protected all ... Read More

Entomophthora coronata in tissue

Entomophthora coronata in tissue. Splendore-Hoeppli effect. H & E stain (450X) Read More

Report: Tackle overlooked threat of hepatitis B, C

They're the overlooked viruses: Hepatitis B and C together infect three to five times more Americans than the AIDS virus does, and most don't know it.

In the next 10 years, these two liver-damaging infections will kill about 150,000 people in the U.S. alone, says a new report Monday from the ... Read More

Official H1N1-Related Death Count Approaches 13,000 Worldwide, WHO Says

H1N1 (swine flu) has killed 12,799 people worldwide since the virus first emerged, the WHO said on Friday, United Press International reports (1/8). According to the WHO, more than half of the H1N1-related deaths worldwide occurred in the Americas, China Daily reports (1/9).

"The WHO's tally ... Read More

Making Better OJ

Researchers from Brazil have estimated the growth timeline of a bacterium that causes orange juice spoilage during shelf life (approximately 6 months) and developed a safe and inexpensive filling, cooling, and storage protocol that inhibits bacterial growth and offers an alternative to other pro... Read More

How H1N1 Virus Spreads in an Airplane

Scientists have devised a mathematical model that can predict how H1N1 virus infections can spread in an airplane during a transatlantic flight. Depending on the length of the trip, one individual who has H1N1 could infect two to 17 people during an airplane trip.

One reason for the interest ... Read More

OP-ED: Feds freeze frost antidote

Blasts of arctic air brought prolonged record-breaking low temperatures last week from the Midwest to the Southeast. In Florida, strawberries, beans, squash and other crops were at risk from extended freezes, but the greatest threat was to the multi-billion-dollar-a-year citrus industry. Get set... Read More

Designing highways the slime mould way

A SLIMY road planner has rearranged the UK's motorway network - and all in exchange for a hearty meal. A corrupt politician at work? No, it's Physarum polycephalum, a yellow slime mould normally found growing in piles of rotten leaves and logs.

Jeff Jones and Andrew Adamatzky, specialists in ... Read More

Risky Ally in War on Polio: the Taliban

Knocking on door after door, thousands of volunteers fan out every month across southern and eastern Afghanistan, vaccinating children against polio, a disease eradicated almost everywhere else in the world.

Usually, the volunteers -- sent by the government and sponsored by United Nations age... Read More

TWiV 65: Matt's bats

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On episode #65 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Matthew Frieman ... Read More

Microbe Theater - Episode 4

Meet E. coli O157:H7 and some other unidentified "large intestine microbes." Read More

Cleopatra's eye make-up 'had health benefits'

The heavy eye make-up favoured by ancient Egyptians such as Cleopatra may have had medical as well as aesthetic benefits, French research suggests. The study, published in the journal Analytical Chemistry, suggests it helped to protect against eye disease.

The key appears to be lead salts con... Read More

Resistance to Antibiotics Can Be Drawback for Bacteria

Neisseria meningitidis, the meningococcus, is a bacterium that can cause diseases with high fatality rates, and there has therefore been considerable concern that, like other bacteria, it might become resistant to antibiotics. But now a study from Örebro University and Örebro University Hospital... Read More

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