Researchers from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard and Harvard Medical School have engineered photosynthetic bacteria to produce simple sugars and lactic acid.
This innovation could lead to new, environmentally friendly methods for producing commodity chemic... Read More
State investigators searched a second Minnesota farm that may have illegally sold raw milk as health officials investigate an E. coli outbreak that sickened several people, officials confirmed Monday.
The state's investigation began after E. coli traced to unpasteurized milk products sickened... Read More
Professor Colin Hill and Professor Paul Ross of UCC teamed up with scientists at the University of Alberta in Canada and with experts led by Mary Rea at the Teagasc Moorpark Food Research Centre to form the compound which they believe can eliminate the Clostridium difficile bug without harming o... Read More
Giving animals antibiotics in order to increase food production is a threat to public health and should be stopped, the FDA said today.
The federal agency says it has the power to ban the practice, but it's starting by issuing "draft guidance" in hopes the food industry will make voluntary ch... Read More
Four people were injured when a 2,200-pound hydrogen tank exploded Monday afternoon on the University of Missouri campus.
Columbia Fire Capt. Eric Hartman said the people were working in the biochemistry lab on an experiment involving bacteria growth in hydrogen gas. He said they placed gas i... Read More
Scientists from the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI)say they have restored vision in retinitis pigmentosa using an archaebacterial protein, halorhodopsin. Introducing light-sensitive halorhodopsin into the remaining but nonfunctional cone photoreceptors of the retina o... Read More
The continued use of antimicrobial drugs to promote growth in chickens, cattle and other livestock is tied to antibiotic resistance and should be phased out for that purpose, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday.
The drugs in question include penicillin, tetracycline, macrolide... Read More
niversity of Michigan aquatic ecologist Donald Scavia and his colleagues say this year's Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" is expected to be larger than average, continuing a decades-long trend that threatens the health of a $659 million fishery.
The 2010 forecast, released today by the U.S. Nationa... Read More
Wet conditions have Illinois pumpkin growers on the alert for signs of Phytophthora blight in their fields. This disease nearly destroyed the pumpkin industry in 1999, causing up to 100 percent crop losses in parts of the state. While it's not a new disease to this industry, it is the most deva... Read More
Healing powers for one of the world's deadliest diseases may lie within sponges, sea worms and other underwater creatures.
University of Central Florida scientist Debopam Chakrabarti is analyzing more than 2,500 samples from marine organisms collected off deep sea near Florida's coast. Some o... Read More
It's a cozy Sunday morning as you sneak into your parents' bedroom for some snuggle time. You carefully slip between your mom and dad, feeling the warmth of their bodies. Then your mom turns over, smiles gently and pulls you close for a little kiss. However, instead of the inviting smell you nor... Read More
Under a sunny sky, officials from Washington State University and the Gates Foundation broke ground on a 62,000-square-foot, three-story flagship research building for a new School for Global Animal Health. The first of its kind research facility will house a state-of-the-art infectious disease ... Read More
Microbes may be smarter than we think, at least that's according to Princeton University researchers who have shown for the first time that bacteria don't just react to changes in their surroundings - they anticipate and prepare for them. The findings, reported in Science, challenge the prevaili... Read More
Volunteer Emelia DeForce and Chief Scientist Giora Proskurowski discuss the three-pronged approach they are using to study microorganisms living on floating plastic debris. Read More
Mice with a gene variant linked to Crohn's disease only develop the inflammatory bowel disorder if they are infected by a common norovirus called MNV, finds a new study.
Researchers have restored sight to blind laboratory mice. Using a virus already approved for human gene therapy, the researchers inserted a gene from a light-sensitive bacterium, Natronomonas pharaonis, into cone-cell DNA. Read More
Spanish researchers have discovered a key component of infectious bacteria's battle plan, identifying a protein that tells bacteria in a colony to halt their forward march when antibiotics are present, waiting until the coast is clear before resuming the infection.
Hello fellow virus lovers,
I first want to comment about Vincent's pick of the week a few weeks back, the book "Polio" by David Oshinsky. I am currently studying poliovirus in Julie Pfeiffer's lab (as you revealed many moons ago with a previous ... Read More
On episode #88 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Marc discuss using a virus for beetle control, RNA based gene therapy for AIDS, and reconstitution of a endogenous human retro... Read More
Cave exploring has its rewards. It led David Des Marais, a Chemistry major in college at the time, to pursue a career as a research scientist in astrobiology and space science
at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Des Marais explains that his interest in exploring caves in so... Read More