The slow decay of coral reefs is a major problem and a signal that we are killing our environment. However, there appears to be one organism that doesn't care all that much or at the very least is hardly affected by the change. A sponge, discovered in a coral reef that was dying as a result of a... Read More
There is an interesting report in Nature: Biotechnology on the level of activism against environmental genetic modification:
The potential of forest biotechnology to help address significant social and environmental issues is being "strangled at birth" by the rigid opposition of some groups a... Read More
Carl Zimmer wondered if scientists had tattoos of their science and as it turns out, many do! Check out this great collection of science tattoos. I have to admit I browsed through the whole 23 page collection, fascinated by the art of science and seeing, in some cases, the full colored beauty of... Read More
Dr. Carl Winter, a food toxicologist at University of California, Davis, sings this parody of The Eagles' "Heartache Tonight." Read More
Hast thou considered dirt? This article goes 'deep' into dirt, stuff that's all around us but rarely thought about... Read More
Vincent Racaniello from This Week in Virology has a great post on his site about what happens to the immune system during the initial infection of an influenza virus:
During the earliest stages of a virus infection, cytokines are produced when innate immune defenses are activated. The rapid ... Read More
Legionella pneumophilia in yolk sac of embryonated egg as stained by the Gimenez method Read More
A breakthrough in understanding, if not treatment of, a troublesome infection...
Lyme disease in the U.S. is caused by the tickborne bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi and usually begins with a skin lesion, after which the bacteria spread throughout the body to the nervous system, heart or joints.... Read More
The USDA is on point this year for the Fourth of July with reminding everyone that grilling out often requires special food handling precautions.
The chef of your household might have the skills to cook the perfect burger, but does he or she know the food safety "drills of the grill?" To hel... Read More
An update from the CDC regarding the current status of the recent E. coli outbreak in raw cookie dough. Learn what states have been affected so far, advice for consumers regarding the consumption of these products, and the current status of the investigation of the outbreak. Read More
Researchers from Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Germany, have developed a new method for better diagnostic of diarrhea causing bacteria. Iit now possible to characterize and distinguish hundreds of bacteria strains in a short time. The method is based on the existence of short, repeti... Read More
A newly discovered molecule in the milk produced by mom, in the first few days after birth, apparently contains a very powerful ingredient which helps protect the "lining of a newborn's gut which is particularly vulnerable to damage as it has never been exposed to food or drink." Read More
Microbes obviously don't have a brain and therefore are not capable of conscious thought however, "many bacteria and protists exhibit behavior that looks remarkably intelligent." Check out six of the most interesting examples of intelligent behavior demonstrated by microbes as compiled from the ... Read More
Puerto Rico is widely known as the "La Isla del Encanto," which translated means "The Island of Enchantment." And while its beaches, tropical rain forest, and biolumescent bays are wonders of nature, the island is not without its problems. From energy needs to economics, Puerto Rico shares ma... Read More
From malaria to e-coli to newly evolved strains of swine flu, infectious diseases are on the rise worldwide. Peter Hudson, founding director of the Penn State Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics and the director of the Huck Institutes of Life Sciences at Penn State, discusses the dynamics of ... Read More
While estimates of the number of genes in the human genome is said to be around 20,000, new research estimates that if you take into account our microbiota there may be as many as 9 million genes in the human gut.
"A new concept is to consider human as a super-organism containing those microb... Read More
From the abstract - The impact of scientific publications has traditionally been expressed in terms of citation counts. However, scientific activity has moved online over the past decade. To better capture scientific impact in the digital era, a variety of new impact measures has been proposed o... Read More
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI) has selected 71 new genomic sequencing projects for its 2010 Community Sequencing Program (CSP)—a targeted sampling of the planet’s biodiversity—to be characterized for bioenergy, climate, and environmental applications. JGI’s ... Read More
The CDC report on the direct costs of nosocomial infections and costs of prevention. The last report was published in 1992 based.
From the Summary:
This report uses results from the published medical and economic literature to provide a range of estimates for the annual direct hospital co... Read More