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Scientists for a Better PCR

Another great science music video find. An amusing take on We are the World from Bio Rad who manufactures PCR machines. This is what I would call a viral science video. Obviously they have the money to make this a stellar production. Best lyric "PCR... When You Wanna Know Who Your Daddy is." Read More

Regulatin' Genes Y'all

This is a very fun video about regulating genes done hip hop style. Read More

New antibacterial paint may provide superior protection from superbugs

I am always skeptical about products that claim to be antibacterial because even though they may have antimicrobial compounds in them, their efficacy is often questionable. Mainly, because their shelf life is limited and no one has really proved how these compounds get out to fight the microbes.... Read More

Closing In On Goat Scrapie

Goats are tough, spirited animals, but they're no match for scrapie, a form of transmissible spongiform encephalopathy. Now, with a "helping hand" from science, the animals' plight could take a turn for the better. Toward that end, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their collabo... Read More

Bacteriophage Can Turn a Harmless E.coli into a more virulent one

A researcher from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science has found that transmission of bateriophage between bacteria can occur, and that in the case of E. coli it can transform a harmless bacterium into one capable of causing disease in man. Read More

Broccoli Sprouts May Be Germ Fighters

Eating broccoli sprouts may be an effective way to control the germ that causes most peptic ulcers and is strongly associated with stomach cancer, a small study has found. In the study, published in the April issue of Cancer Prevention Research, researchers examined 50 people who were infected w... Read More

Microbe Robots for Biomedical Applications

Researchers from ETH Zurich have built E.coli sized robots that they hope will be used for various biomedical applications. "They look like spirals with tiny heads, and screw through the liquid like miniature corkscrews. When moving, they resemble rather ungainly bacteria with long whip-like ta... Read More

Bacteria Tapped To Battle Crop-Damaging Roundworms

Beneficial bacteria, aided by a "cocktail" of potent natural compounds, may offer a way to biologically control soybean cyst nematodes and other crop-damaging roundworms. That's the implication of ongoing studies by scientists with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the Donald Danforth ... Read More

Stomach Bug Crystallizes an Antibiotic Threat

Earlier this year, Harold and Freda Mitchell of Como, Miss., both came down with a serious stomach bug. At first, doctors did not know what was wrong, but the gastrointestinal symptoms became so severe that Mrs. Mitchell, 66, was hospitalized for two weeks. Her husband, a manufacturing superviso... Read More

Why Don't We Share Data?

We are constantly hearing suggestions to make all data gathered in biology experiments available online. This is an appealing idea because most data that we collect from experiments never sees the light of day. A smattering of our data appears in papers, of course, but we all recognize that this... Read More

Genetic Switch Potential Key To New Class Of Antibiotics

Researchers have determined the structure of a key genetic mechanism at work in bacteria, including some that are deadly to humans, in an important step toward the design of a new class of antibiotics, according to an accelerated publication that appeared online April 17 as a "paper of the week"... Read More

MTS24 - Jeff Bender - MRSA in Animals

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Uncovering Secrets Of Salmonella's Stealth Attack

A single crafty protein allows the deadly bacterium Salmonella enterica to both invade cells lining the intestine and hijack cellular functions to avoid destruction, Yale researchers report in the April 17 issue of the journal Cell. This evolutionary slight-of-hand sheds new insights into the le... Read More

Newly Discovered Iron-breathing Species Have Lived In Cold Isolation For Millions Of Years

A reservoir of briny liquid buried deep beneath an Antarctic glacier supports hardy microbes that have lived in isolation for millions of years, researchers report April 17 in the journal Science. The discovery of life in a place where cold, darkness, and lack of oxygen would previously have led... Read More

New Chemical Reaction For DNA Production In Bacteria And Viruses Discovered

A team of researchers has discovered a new chemical reaction for producing one of the four nucleotides, or building blocks, needed to build DNA. The reaction includes an unusual first step, or mechanism, and unlike other known reactions that produce the DNA building block, uses an enzyme that sp... Read More

The Protist , Protozoa, Algae and Fungus-like protists

The quickest way to learn about Protist. 36 seconds later, you're informed. Read More

Coxiella Escapes from Cell!

Surprise! Coxiella burnetii, the agent of Q fever, has been grown in cell-free media. This is news because, along with rickettsiae and a few others, C. burnetii is the stereotypical obligate intracellular bacterial parasite. Until now, coxiellae could only be grown within a host or in host cells... Read More

Boston's BSL-4 Delayed Again

The opening of a biosafety laboratory level 4, built by Boston University for the study of dangerous microbes, has been delayed again after the National Institutes of Health asked for more time to complete a safety analysis, The Boston Globe reported. The National Institutes of Health now estima... Read More

Ozone in a Bag

Ozone in a bag. That's the novel method being developed by the food process engineer Dr Kevin Keener, of Purdue University, Indiana, to eliminate harmful bacteria on packaged foods such as spinach, tomatoes, and whole fruit. But rather than use an ozone generator to pump it in, Keener creates th... Read More

Rare polio death in Minnesota

Minnesota health officials are reporting an unusual death linked to a strain of polio once used in vaccines.

The Minnesota Department of Health said yesterday that a man, whom they did not identify, with symptoms of the paralyzing disease died last month. The officials said that he was infect... Read More

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