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Cholera enterotoxin

Rabbit ileal loop, inoculated with cholera enterotoxin and control Read More

H3N8 Dog Flu

First identified at a greyhound racing kennel a few years ago, canine influenza is now cropping up all over the U.S. In this episode of Discoveries & Breakthroughs Inside Science, Cynda Crawford, D.V.M., Ph.D., professor of shelter medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville, is intervi... Read More

Peter C. Doherty - Overview of the Immune System

Peter C. Doherty, Laureate Professor (Nobel Medicine 1996), Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne, Australia, gives a general presentation of the complex immune system we have inherited throughout evolution at BioVision from Lyon, France. Read More

Seas in Danger - Documentary

Over-fishing, newly introduced species, the destruction of natural habitats, chemical substances and heavy metals, tank-flushing at sea, and microbiological pollution are just a few of the problems facing Europe's seas. This 10 min documentary is about the state of Europe's marine environment an... Read More

Magnetic nanotags spot cancer in mice earlier than methods now in clinical use

Searching for biomarkers that can warn of diseases such as cancer while they are still in their earliest stage is likely to become far easier thanks to an innovative biosensor chip developed by Stanford University researchers.

The sensor is up to 1,000 times more sensitive than any technology... Read More

NIH funds new virus database at UT Southwestern

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $15.7 million contract to UT Southwestern Medical Center and Northrop Grumman Corp. to develop an open-access national online database and analysis resource center that will help scientists study and combat viruses such as those that cause hepatiti... Read More

CDC 2009 H1N1 and Seasonal Flu Fact Sheet - What You Should Know About Flu Antiviral Drugs

Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) that fight against the flu in your body. While CDC recommends flu vaccine as the first and most important step in preventing flu, antiviral drugs are a second line of defense against the flu. Click "source" to read t... Read More

Premium Car Research and Cow Dung Point To New High Tech Disease Diagnosis

Research at the University of Warwick have taken high tech gas sensors normally used to test components for premium cars and applied the same techniques to human blood, human urine, and even cow dung samples from local cow pats. The results could lead to a new high tech medical tool that could p... Read More

Smiths Detection to Use $1M Grant for Molecular Sepsis Test Program

Smiths Detection has won a $1 million grant over two years from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to develop a test for microbes that cause infections in burns and wounds that can lead to blood poisoning.

The London-based company will use the funds to expand an o... Read More

Celeb Vaccine Wars: Peet Beats Maher

"Comedian Bill Maher advises against vaccinations. But actress Amanda Peet--and Dr. Bill Frist--have it right: vaccines are good," Steve Mirsky comments in Scientific American's 60 Second Science podcast.


"In the celebrity vaccine wars, I’m siding with actress Amanda Peet. And comedia... Read More

Could Influenza-like illnesses misrepresent the gravity of actual influenza?

In a guest editorial published in BMJ's Clinical Evidence by Tom Jeffereson, Coordinator for the Cochrane Vaccines Field, Rome, Italy, he concludes, after looking at data from the control arms of 95 influenza vaccine trials involving 1 million subjects over the course of four decades, that influ... Read More

Researchers Identify Workings of L-Form Bacteria

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have for the first time identified the genetic mechanisms involved in the formation and survival of L-form bacteria. Their findings are described in a study published October 6 in the journal PLoS ONE.

L-form bacteria, which w... Read More

Tracking Counterfeit Anti-malarial Drugs in Southeast Asia

Smithsonian magazine has published a feature on tracking counterfeit malarial drugs and attempts to shut down the black market industry.

"Southeast Asia is awash in counterfeit medications, none more insidious than those for malaria, a deadly infectious disease that is usually curable if tre... Read More

Oct 15 is Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day starts October 15, 2009. This international awareness day is brought to you by the Academy for Educational Development, CDC, UNICEF and several other partners. The strategy for the United States is being led by the U.S. Coalition for Child Survival which is preparing a med... Read More

Calcified hyphal strands

Calcified hyphal strands from lesion of hyphomyces destruens Read More

Swine flu vaccine shunned despite availability

Vaccination against swine flu has started in the US and will soon begin in Europe, but many of those who should be first in line are having second thoughts.

Healthcare workers are a top priority for vaccination because they can infect vulnerable people and because their services are vital in ... Read More

Rare Frog Species Bear the Brunt of Chytrid, a Deadly Fungal Disease

Hope for frog conservation got bleaker with a recent study showing that fungus-associated extinction is reducing amphibian biodiversity in Central America. Threats to wildlife survival, such as habitat loss and climate change, tend to strike some species harder than others, and the threat of chy... Read More

A Conversation With Carol W. Greider On Winning a Nobel Prize in Science

This interview by the New York Times with new Nobel Prize winner Dr. Carol Greider provides an interesting glimpse into the making of a scientist and her work with telomeres and cells as well as the overall acceptance of women in science. Read More

Understanding cell organization

Franklin M. Harold, Department of Microbiology, University of Washington has authored an interesting guest post on www.SmallThingsConsidered.us that examines the process of cell structural organization and assembly:

"Structural organization is one of the most conspicuous features of cells, a... Read More

Important Defence Against Stomach Ulcer Bacterium Identified

"A special protein in the lining of the stomach has been shown to be an important part of the body’s defence against the stomach ulcer bacterium Helicobacter pylori in a new study from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg. The research team has shown that a protein called MUC1... Read More

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