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Home Food Safety Mythbusters

Fightbac.org, the website of the Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE), has created some fun resources around common home food safety myths for educators and organizations to distribute, and they are allowing groups to add their own logos to them. In addition to the educators kit and down... Read More

Absidia sp.

Absidia sp. Interference phase microscopy (1000X) Read More

Swine-flu vaccine trials in Leicester reveal a strong immune response after just one dose

Results from the first swine-flu vaccine trials taking place in Leicester reveal a strong immune response after just one dose.

The pilot study, run by the University of Leicester and Leicester Hospitals, was trialled with 100 healthy volunteers, aged between 18 and 50.

Dr Iain Stephenson,... Read More

Systems Biology Provides Clues to Bacteria with Bioremediation Potential

An American research team has taken a systems biology approach to understanding the diversity found in Shewanella — a bacterial genus touted for its bioremediation potential.

The researchers brought together genomic, proteomic, and physiological data for ten Shewanella strains in order to get... Read More

The case for biocentric microbiology

An interesting commentary by Ramy Karam Aziz, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, published in the journal Gut Pathogens claims "current microbiology is contaminated with anthropocentric convictions, many of which are irrational and negatively affect... Read More

New Study Suggests an Unidentified Source as Cause of Residual Viremia in HIV-1 Patients on HAART

A new study suggests that an unidentified cellular source may be responsible for residual viremia in HIV-1 patients on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). This discovery disputes previous theories that attributed residual viremia to latent proviruses in resting CD4+ T cells and could ... Read More

Building a Better Flu Vaccine--And Giving Chickens a Rest

As vaccine-makers gear up for the winter flu season, one biotech company is reporting success with an alternative method of developing a flu preventative that it says could work more effectively and be produced more quickly than traditional inoculations prepared in fertilized chicken eggs.

Th... Read More

H1N1 Pandemic Virus Does Not Mutate Into 'Superbug' In Lab: Study

A laboratory study by University of Maryland researchers suggests that some of the worst fears about a virulent H1N1 pandemic flu season may not be realized this year, but does demonstrate the heightened communicability of the virus. Using ferrets exposed to three different viruses, the Marylan... Read More

Free Cold and Flu Prevention Webinar

The upcoming cold and flu season may be one of the busiest in years, with the added threat of the H1N1 virus. The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) is hosting a free webinar on Sept. 24 to help community leaders prepare for these potential threats to public health.

“Education and preparati... Read More

Denitrification, Its Importance Once Diluted, May Be Back On Top

After more than a decade of inquiry, a Princeton-led team of scientists has turned the tables on a long-standing controversy to re-establish an old truth about nitrogen mixing in the oceans.

For decades, scientists thought they had a handle on the workings of an intricate natural mechanism kn... Read More

Fantasy Genome Project

Evolutionary biologist Olivia Judson muses on what genome she would most like to see sequenced and asks what does knowing a wholme genome sequence actually tell us? Read More

Quantitative precipitin test

Quantitative precipitin test. Constant antibody with 2-fold increase in antigen concentration. Note inhibition in antigen excess and precipitation in equivalence zone. Read More

China to approve single-dose swine flu vaccines

China is close to approving homegrown swine flu vaccines that manufacturers say can protect people with a single dose, an encouraging development for health officials racing to prepare for an expected spike in cases this winter.

Experts said China's versions could boost global efforts to fig... Read More

The ABC's of E.coli

Dr. Christine Hoang, Assistant Director of The American Veterinary Medical Association’s Scientific Activities Division responds to a five minute Q & A about E.coli from a consumer/food safety perspective.

{mp3remote}http://www.avmamedia.org/manage/mediaimg/s214-e.%20coli%20(huang).mp3{/mp3re... Read More

“I Can’t Live Without You!” A Close-up Examination of Microorganisms Involved in Mutually Beneficial Symbiotic Relationships

In this activity, students learn about mutually beneficial symbiotic relationships that exist between
microbes and other microbes, plants, and animals, prepare samples for microscopic observation from a
termite hindgut, a lichen, and a legume root nodule, and use a microscope to observe and id... Read More

Homeland Security Secretary Says Big Influx of H1N1 Infections Likely this Fall

The AP reports Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is saying people should expect "a big influx" of swine flu cases this coming fall and to prepare yourself by remembering to wash your hands and to cough into the sleeve.
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Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 18



Salmonella resistente a los antibióticos


La Salmonella spp., bacteria causante de infecciones alimentarias, muestra una resistencia creciente a los antibióticos debido al uso... Read More

Plos Currents Beta Influenza Site

For those of you interested in keeping up with the emerging scientific literature of the H1N1-swine variant of influenza I would like to call your attention to the following site: PLoS Currents:Influenza. This resource contains a moderated collection of resources, scientific results and ideas ... Read More

The Fantasy Genome Project

In her blog for the New York Times, evolutionary biologist Olivia Judson muses on the nature of genomics and sequencing:

Here’s a game for a rainy afternoon. If you could pick any organism to have its whole genome sequenced — what would it be?

I played this recently, and it made me ponder.... Read More

Elmo joins H1N1 flu fight

The federal government is reintroducing a powerful weapon in the fight against the H1N1 flu virus: Elmo.


The popular Sesame Street character will be featured in a series of public service advertisements meant to encourage better hygiene among young children, the Department of Health a... Read More

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