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Scientists begin census of microbes: the trillions that live in or on us

Scientists are beginning a large-scale effort to identify and analyze the vast majority of cells in or on your body that aren't of human origin.

Only about 10 percent of the trillions of cells that make up a person are truly human, researchers say. The other 90 percent are bacteria, viruses a... Read More

Sick mobile app tracks H1N1, other outbreaks near you

Want to know what illnesses are flourishing nearby without getting sick yourself? The builders of HealthMap, an online service that collects and maps various reports of infectious diseases such as the H1N1 swine flu, have launched a similarly ill application for the iPhone.

Outbreaks Near Me,... Read More

Germs come clean

Using genetic analysis, scientists discover that a type of germ used for cleaning up toxic sites is actually many types of germs that gobble up different kinds of crud. This suggests that a smorgasbord of microbes could be customized for different applications – ranging from cleaning nuclear dum... Read More

Biotransformed Blueberry Juice Fights Fat And Diabetes

Biotransformation of the blueberry juice was achieved with a new strain of bacteria isolated from the blueberry flora, specifically called Serratia vaccinii, which increases the fruit's antioxidant effects. "The identification of the active compounds in biotransformed blueberry juice may result ... Read More

Microbes and Odor

Even if recognizing that microorganisms cause bad breath and "most" other bad odors, microbiologists who study odor makers have "never gotten together, and we're not sharing information on how to sample and characterize [these phenomena]," says Mel Rosenberg of Tel-Aviv University in Tel-Aviv, I... Read More

Free Swine Flu Shots for NYC Kids

All primary school-age children in New York City will be offered free vaccines for seasonal and H1N1 flu this year under a plan announced on Tuesday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The vaccines are part of the city's strategy to combat the new H1N1 swine flu strain that hit the city hard during t... Read More

Absidia corymbifera

Absidia corymbifera in a transplantable 'tumor' of the mouse Read More

Plant fights mouth bacteria

In the fight against tooth decay, an Australian native plant’s antibacterial properties could provide a natural alternative to medicated mouthwashes.

Research conducted at Swinburne University’s Environment and Biotechnology Centre has found that extracts from the emu bush (Eremophila longifo... Read More

This Woman Might Die From Eating Cookie Dough

In Room 519 of Kindred Hospital, Linda Rivera can no longer speak.

Her mute state, punctuated only by groans, is the latest downturn in the swift collapse of her health that began in May when she curled up on her living room couch and nonchalantly ate several spoonfuls of the Nestlé cookie d... Read More

Finding a Scapegoat When Epidemics Strike

This essay, by Donald McNeil Jr, examines the historical need for societies to place blame in the aftermath of an epidemic.

“When disease strikes and humans suffer,” said Dr. Liise-anne Pirofski, chief of infectious diseases at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an expert on the history... Read More

Expert Advice on Swine Flu

In case we have not seen enough articles on H1N1, the Washington Post has a short article with answers to several common questions. Nothing groundbreaking, but this may be useful with flu season rapidly approaching. Read More

Absidia sp.

Absidia sp. Unstained, interference phase Read More

Powerful Ideas: Bacteria Clean Sewage and Create Electricity

Batteries made with microbes could help generate power by cleaning up organic waste at the same time.

Sewage is loaded with energy-rich sugars that researchers have struggled for years to convert into useful power. To do so, investigators have experimented with nature's experts on breaking do... Read More

Mosquito capabale of spreading West Nile virus found in Switzerland

Swiss scientists say a mosquito capable of spreading the deadly West Nile virus has been detected in central Europe for the first time.

Zurich University researchers say the Asian rock pool mosquito has colonized an area of 1,400 square kilometres (540 square miles) in central Switzerland.
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Aug. 31, 1909: First Chemotherapy Drug Treats Syphilis

After searching through hundreds of potential chemicals, German immunologist Paul Ehrlich discovers a compound that can selectively kill the parasitic spirochete that causes syphilis. The following year, he sends 65,000 free samples of the drug, now known as the first modern chemotherapy agent, ... Read More

Major Shipping Route Fosters a Plague of Sea Life

The St. Lawrence Seaway opened in 1959 to great fanfare. The system of canals connecting the Atlantic Ocean and the five Great Lakes cut a lucrative international trade route through the heartland and gave the United States a refuge and staging ground for ships and submarines in case of war with... Read More

Viruses may help keep the Earth's oxygen levels high

Oxygen is made possible in part by ocean viruses. The viruses which infect single-celled algae called cyanobacteria, are hyperefficient photosynthesisers thanks to a unique set of genes.

"Previous work had shown that cyanophage viruses have some photosynthesis genes, apparently used to keep t... Read More

Auto-brewery syndrome as a legal defense for a DUI

In 2000, researchers from the University of Washington's toxicology department published a paper that looked at the validity of "auto-brewery syndrome," a tactic lawyers apparently have used to get their clients off of a DUI charge.

"The concentration of ethanol in blood, breath or urine cons... Read More

One Health Commission Formed to Promote Collaboration Across Human, Animal, and Environmental Health Sciences

A new national commission, the One Health Commission, has been established to spotlight the connections between human, animal, and environmental health, as well as the benefits of proactive and collaborative approaches toward better health for all.

The formation of the Commission comes at a ... Read More

University of Florida research on Zinc and Immunity

This video from the Research Report at the University of Florida highlights the ir latest findings on the important role of zinc in the immune system.


















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