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The MO-Bio Blog

From MO BIO Labs, a cool blog of life sciences sites and lings. Thanks for the MicrobeWorld shout-out, MO BIO!

"I spend a lot of time reading internet news and blogs to stay on top of current research. In the course of my web surfing, I have found some really great scientific sites for microb... Read More

‘Specialty Farms’ Recalls Sprouts in the Wake of Possible Listeria Infection

According to a recent report, Specialty Farms LLC is recalling two of its sprout packs. The move has come in the wake of revelation made by the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets, that the samples of alfalfas sprout blended products on July 14 had a possible Listeria infection.
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Mysterious ocean bacteria can spark illness, cost lives

Contrary to popular belief, wading in the ocean to heal cuts and scrapes isn't always the best idea.

A little-known, deadly bacteria called Vibrio vulnificus, which naturally occurs in warm coastal waters, can infect the open wounds of beachgoers and incite a life-threatening illness in thos... Read More

TWiV 93: Our infectious inbox

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On episode #93 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich answer listener questions about lab procedures, prokaryotes, endogenous retroviruses, the iPad and teaching, prions, mimi... Read More

TWiV 93 Letters

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I once went into a very large bookstore and asked the clerk if they had any books on parasitology. She said that they did and pointed in the direction of a large case of colorful books which on closer examination turned out to ... Read More

Herpes Virus Attacks Oysters

Have a stash of oysters? They may be a better hedge against inflation than gold. Herpes virus has struck the Pacific Oyster breed. Tag that onto pollution destroying oyster beds in bays to the oily goo settling on oyster beds in the gulf and oyster production is falling precipitously.

Whitsta... Read More

CellCraft - A Strategy Game from a cell's perspective

Cool game from researchers at Wake Forest University.

"CellCraft integrates intended teaching points within the rules of the game so that the "fun part" is the lesson.

For example, to salvage precious cellular resources, players must learn that lysosomes are required to recycle aging mitoc... Read More

Phytoplankton Population Drops 40 Percent Since 1950

The microscopic plants that form the foundation of the ocean's food web are declining, reports a study published July 29 in Nature.

The tiny organisms, known as phytoplankton, also gobble up carbon dioxide to produce half the world's oxygen output—equaling that of trees and plants on land.

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Added to the Recall List: Millions of Frozen Mice

Take mice from freezer. Thaw (but not in the microwave, please). Feed to pet snakes. And do not forget to wash your hands.

That is the message from public health officials in the wake of salmonella outbreaks that have sickened more than 400 people, many of them snake owners or their children,... Read More

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Cowichan Valley Meat Market warn public not to consume pepperoni products

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Cowichan Valley Meat Market are warning the public not to consume the pepperoni products described below because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by these bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness.
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Integrated Approach Needed to Reduce TB Deaths in Those With HIV

Preceding a Special Session at AIDS 2010: XVIII International AIDS Conference to discuss strategies to reduce the burden of tuberculosis (TB) among people infected with HIV, a group of about 50 spirited but orderly activists marched and chanted in the meeting room to make the point that TB is an... Read More

Study finds respiratory symptoms more reliable indicator of H1N1, not fever alone

New research shows that individuals with mild H1N1 infection may go undetected using standard diagnostic criteria, according to a study in the August issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemi... Read More

Emerging E. coli strain causes many antimicrobial-resistant infections in US

The new strain, ST131, was a major cause of serious antimicrobial-resistant E. coli infections in the United States in 2007, researchers found. This strain has been reported in multiple countries and encountered all over the United States. In the study, researchers analyzed resistant E. coli i... Read More

Disinfectants in recreational pools may cause health issues

Splashing around in a swimming pool on a hot summer day may not be as safe as you think. A recent University of Illinois study links the application of disinfectants in recreational pools to previously published adverse health outcomes such as asthma and bladder cancer.

Each year, 339 million... Read More

Genes from Ebola Virus Family Found in Human Genome

Viruses do not make good fossils. But advances in genomic technology have allowed scientists to peer into the genetic material of viruses and their hosts to search for clues about their shared evolutionary history.

Genetic code from retroviruses has been found to compose some 8 percent of the... Read More

Flu Vaccines Are Approved and Urged for Most

The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it had approved vaccines for the next flu season, expected to start in the fall, and health officials are recommending vaccination for everyone 6 months old and older.

Last year’s notorious virus, the pandemic A(H1N1) swine flu, has now become... Read More

Event-based biosurveillance of respiratory disease in Mexico, 2007–2009: Connection to the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic?

The emergence of the 2009 pandemic influenza A(H1N1) virus in North America and its subsequent global spread highlights the public health need for early warning of infectious disease outbreaks. Event-based biosurveillance, based on local- and regional-level Internet media reports, is one approac... Read More

Round up of the 2010 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases

Click the source link above for a report that outlines selected highlights of presentations that took place at the 2010 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases (ICEID) [1], held between 11 and 14 July 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, United States (US). The... Read More

Painting With Penicillin: Alexander Fleming's Germ Art

In addition to working as a scientist, and well before his discovery of antibiotics, Alexander Fleming painted. He was a member of the Chelsea Arts Club, where he created amateurish watercolors. Less well known is that he also painted in another medium, living organisms. Fleming painted ballerin... Read More

Bees, rats and people bear similar behaviour

True story. Bill across the street from me keeps honeybee hives. Recently, Bill's next-door neighbour saw a swarm in her back yard. Frightened, she ran indoors. (Once a hive gets to a certain size, some bees will depart with a new queen.) As the swarm weaved along the street from tree to tree, a... Read More
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